The White House was upset over Jews living in Jerusalem. The White House doesn’t get upset over Muslims living in Jerusalem. That’s fine. But Jews living in a part of the city that they were ethnically cleansed from when Jordan invaded and expelled the Jews from there, blowing up their synagogues along the way, is unacceptable to Obama Inc.
Netanyahu rightly pointed out that objecting to one race/religion living in a city is against American values. Obama ought to know this one as his government spends a lot of time suing over discrimination in housing.
But instead the White House just got pissy.
The White House fired back at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday over his country’s settlement construction, saying Mr. Netanyahu’s criticism of the administration over the weekend “seemed to ignore our concerns.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “it did seem odd” for Mr. Netanyahu to criticize the administration’s rebuke of Israel as “against American values.”
“When it comes to American values, it’s American values that led to this country’s unwavering support of Israel,” Mr. Earnest said. “It’s American values that have led us to fund an Iron Dome system” to protect Israelis from rocket attacks by Islamist militants.
“It’s clear how American values dictate or at least guide our thinking” on support of Israel,” Mr. Earnest said.
And Earnest and his boss don’t seem to be big fans of those American values. Or of Israel, by extension. Netanyahu isn’t criticizing American values. He’s criticizing the administration’s lack of those values.
Which is why you wouldn’t exactly call their support “unwavering”.
The Muslim Brotherhood burned down churches in Egypt and the White House shrugged. Qatar ships weapons to terrorists and the White House says nothing. But Jews move into Jerusalem… and the White House throws another hissy fit.
The Obama administration warned Israel that the project would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise doubts about its efforts to seek peace with Palestinians.
Mr. Netanyahu, in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” called the administration’s condemnation “baffling.”
“It’s against the American values. And it doesn’t bode well for peace,” he said. “The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it’s anti-peace.”
But Obama seems bent on the ethnic cleansing thing. I’m sorry, were those American values, Nazi values or Islamic values?