At the same time a poll was released by Quinnipiac University which showed that US voters disapproved of the president's
I recently compiled a list of Barack Obama's top ten insults against Britain,
In the space of just over a year, Barack Obama has managed to significantly damage relations with
The Obama presidency is causing immense damage to
So here's my top 10 list of Obama administration insults against
1. Obama's humiliation of Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House
In March, the Israeli Prime Minister was humiliated by Barack Obama when he visited
THIS IS NO WAY TO TREAT
In contrast to its very public humiliation of close ally
3. Drawing a parallel between Jewish suffering in the Holocaust with the current plight of the Palestinians
In his Cairo speech to the Muslim world, President Obama condemned Holocaust denial in the
"ON THE OTHER HAND, IT IS ALSO UNDENIABLE THAT THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE – MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS – HAVE SUFFERED IN PURSUIT OF A HOMELAND. FOR MORE THAN SIXTY YEARS THEY HAVE ENDURED THE PAIN OF DISLOCATION. MANY WAIT IN REFUGEE CAMPS IN THE WEST BANK,
4. Obama's attack on Israeli "occupation" in his speech to the United Nations
In his appalling speech to the UN General Assembly last September, President Obama dedicated five paragraphs to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, without once referring directly to Palestinian terrorism by name, but declaring to loud applause "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." He also lambasted the Israeli "occupation", and drew a connection between rocket attacks on Israeli civilians with living conditions in
5. Obama's accusation that Israel is the cause of instability in the Middle East
As The Wall Street Journal noted, "THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SEEMS INCREASINGLY OF THE VIEW THAT ISRAEL IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST", citing a recent press conference where he stated:
"IT IS A VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES TO REDUCE THESE CONFLICTS BECAUSE WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, WE REMAIN A DOMINANT MILITARY SUPERPOWER, AND WHEN CONFLICTS BREAK OUT,
6. The Obama administration's establishment of diplomatic relations with
While actively appeasing
7. Hillary Clinton's 43-minute phone call berating Netanyahu
As The Telegraph reported, Hillary Clinton sought to dictate terms to Israel in the wake of Vice President Joe Biden's visit to
"IN A TELEPHONE CALL, HILLARY CLINTON, THE
Last time I checked,
8. David Axelrod's attack on Israeli settlements on "Meet the Press"
It is extremely unusual for a White House official to launch an attack on a close US ally on live television, but this is exactly what the President's Senior Adviser David Axelrod did in an interview in March with NBC's Meet the Press, designed to cause maximum humiliation to Israel, where he stated in reference to new settlement construction in East Jerusalem:
"THIS WAS AN AFFRONT, IT WAS AN INSULT BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT UNDERMINED THIS VERY FRAGILE EFFORT TO BRING PEACE TO THAT REGION. FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO COME AT THAT TIME WAS VERY DESTRUCTIVE."
9. Hillary Clinton's call on
As The Telegraph revealed, the Secretary of State lectured the Israelis at a dinner attended by the Israeli ambassador and the ambassadors of several Arab states in mid-April, urging Israel to "refrain from unilateral statements" that could "undermine trust or risk prejudicing the outcome of talks". In
"PRIME MINISTER [BENJAMIN] NETANYAHU HAS EMBRACED THE VISION OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION. BUT EASING UP ON ACCESS AND MOVEMENT IN THE WEST BANK, IN RESPONSE TO CREDIBLE PALESTINIAN SECURITY PERFORMANCE, IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO PROVE TO THE PALESTINIANS THAT THIS EMBRACE IS SINCERE. WE ENCOURAGE
10. Robert Gibbs' disparaging remarks about
Not one to shy away from criticizing America's friends when the opportunity arises, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs entered the fray in an interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace in March where he attacked the Israeli government for weakening "THE TRUST THAT'S NEEDED FOR BOTH SIDES TO COME TOGETHER AND HAVE HONEST DISCUSSIONS ABOUT PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST." In condescending terms he stated that Benjamin Netanyahu should start "COMING TO THE TABLE WITH CONSTRUCTIVE IDEAS FOR CONSTRUCTIVE AND TRUSTFUL DIALOGUE ABOUT MOVING THE PEACE PROCESS FORWARD."
Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator. He appears frequently on American and British television and radio, including Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, Sky News, and NPR.
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