Netanyahu responds to anonymous White House bombshell: Look who’s calling who a ‘chickensh*t’

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Who’s calling who chickensh*t?

In the latest evidence of the Obama administration’s amateur approach to international politics, top administration officials repeatedly called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickensh*t” and a “coward” in a piece published in the liberal magazine The Atlantic.

In an amazingly anti-Israeli column, “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations is Already Here,” magazine staff writer Jeffrey Goldberg quotes numerous White House sources – anonymously of course – questioning the Israeli leader’s courage and all-but predicting a final sellout by the Obama administration of the one Middle Eastern country that’s been America’s friend in the post-war world.

“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” the article begins. It goes downhill from there.

Those anonymous White House aides might want to rethink things. For instance, Army privates who desert their comrades and go over to the enemy could be called “chickensh*t” (but President Obama trades five top terrorists for one Bowe Bergdahl). Even a United States president who draws a “red line” over some regime’s use of chemical then backs down in front of the whole world might be called “chicken*t.”

Heck, calling Israeli prime ministers names while hiding behind a veil of anonymity might be the most “chickensh*t” of all.

But it’s simply impossible to argue that the leader of a country surrounded by enemies, a veteran of the Six Day War and Yom Kippur War, a leader of an Israeli special forces unit who fought Egyptians on the Suez Canal and Syrians deep inside Syria, a man who was wounded in combat, is anything close.

And this is a man leading a country that is literally fighting for its existence every day — and winning.

In a speech to the Israeli Knesset on Wednesday, Netanyahu was unbowed by the cowardly attacks, which were made from the safety guaranteed by anonymity.

“I am being attacked because I am willing to defend the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“The safety of Israel is not important to those who attack me anonymously and personally,” he said. “They’re attacking me because I stand for our safety and our security interests.

He had plenty of support in the Twitter world. (Note: Twitter users don’t use asterisks.)

Dude, that was like a year ago!

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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