Rice Calls Netanyahu’s Speech Destructive to U.S.-Israeli Relationship

Several weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was invited to address Congress in a joint meeting. He accepted, and the war of comments began. Now some of the harshest language came from National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Reuters reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech next week to Congress, expected to assail U.S. policy on Iran’s nuclear program, injects a “destructive” partisanship into U.S.-Israeli ties, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said.

This comes just after it was reported that Netanyahu had declined a private meeting with Senate Democrats.

Fox reports.

Angering the White House and Democrats, Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Republican leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3 and speak about Iran. The GOP leaders did not consult with the Obama administration, which the White House called a breach of protocol.

It is not hard to see that this comes in reaction to the high level snub by the administration. Most of the highest ranking politicians will either be otherwise engaged or boycotting the speech.

Fox further reports.

More than a half dozen House and Senate Democrats have said they will skip the speech, calling it an affront to President Barack Obama and the administration as they engage in high-level negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Vice President Joe Biden will be traveling and has no plans to attend the speech.

Obama has no plans to meet with Netanyahu, with the administration saying such a session would break with past practices of engaging with world leaders close to elections.

Rice continued her assessment by saying

“What has happened over the last several weeks by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu two weeks in advance of his election is that on both sides there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think … it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship,”

This continues the 6-year trend of cooling relations between the two countries. This should be great cause for concern for Americans. As our world becomes increasingly more volatile, Obama’s administration has continued to snub or bad mouth our allies. All the while, he has been courting our enemies.

As the Middle East continues to burn with war and revolution, we need to have a leader who makes decisions based in reality. Iran has and probably continues to work toward nuclear arms. This nation has also shown itself to be hostile toward Israel and America. They have been sponsors of terror; supporting Hamas and Palestinian terrorists. Now, we are going to set at the negotiating table with them.

Obama may have had his feelings hurt by this breach of etiquette, but it was his bad leadership and foolish foreign policy that was the real affront. It should be Israel we consider when making such deals. They will be the first to pay if we are wrong about Iran.