Charles Krauthammer blasted the Obama administration Thursday night for a “taking a swipe at Israel” in a video addressed to the Iranian people—a move he called “quite startling”.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly interviewed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu earlier Thursday, asking about his remarks Monday before the election.
Kelly said, “in 2009, you said you supported a peace deal that would recognize a Palestinian state, but the day before Tuesday’s election, you completely reversed that. Why?”
Netanyahu said that he did not switch views before the election, clarifying his position and that the conditions for a two-state solution are that Abu Mazen, leader of the Palestinian Authority, must break their pact with Hamas.
“Instead of getting a two-state solution, we could end up with a no state solution,” he said, adding, “A solution that would threaten the very survival of the state of Israel.”
Yet the Obama administration is focused on Netanyahu’s first statement, while rejecting his clarification, Kelly pointed out, quoting Josh Earnest telling reporters “words matter.”
There are two possible reasons for the Obama administration to take this position, Krauthammer said.
One reason could be to “stab Israel in the back by supporting a [U.N.] resolution that would call for a unilateral withdrawal” of the Jewish state to indefensible borders.
A second reason, Krauthammer said, would be the administration’s “cynical attempt” to take attention from a “catastrophic deal with Iran.”
President Obama released a video address directly to the Iranian people Thursday, in which he said “Our negotiations have made progress but gaps remain, and there are people in both our countries and beyond who oppose a diplomatic resolution. My message to you, the people of Iran, is that together we have to speak up for the future we seek.”
Krauthammer slammed Obama for bashing Israel in an obvious reference, while speaking to an “enemy of the U.S..”
“In the midst of it he takes a swipe at a most loyal ally in the region,” Krauthammer said.
“If only he would address as warmly the Israelis as he does the Iranians and their leaders.”