President Obama Calls Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress a “Distraction”

President Obama continues to heap disrespect upon disrespect on to the leader of one of our closest allies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington on Tuesday to speak to a joint session of Congress, when the President was asked about Netanyahu’s visit, he simply called it a “distraction.”

It’s a disgusting display of arrogance and dismissiveness. Prime Minister Netanyahu is the leader of one of our most important strategic, political and cultural allies and he and his people should be treated with respect. That is not what Obama and his Democrat allies are doing and it only weakens our position in the world…

Jeff Mason, Reuters: Let’s start right on Israel. Your administration has described Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plans to address Congress tomorrow on Iran as destructive. What damage has really been done?

President Obama: Well, first of all, I think it’s important to realize the depth of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Under my administration, billions of dollars have gone to support Israel’s security, including the Iron Dome program that has protected them from missiles fired along their borders. The military intelligence cooperation is unprecedented and that’s not our estimation. That’s the estimation of the Netanyahu government. And that bond is unbreakable. So we need to make clear from the outset how strong our alliance with Israel is…

I don’t think it’s permanently destructive. I think that it is a distraction from what should be our focus. And our focus should be,‘How do we stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?’