U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew faced a heckling, jeering crowd Sunday when he defended the Obama administration’s nuclear talks with Iran in front of an audience of some of Israel’s most influential policy makers and opinion shapers.
Lew was speaking at the fourth annual Jerusalem Post Annual Conference, a gathering of politicians and journalists at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.
The catcalls began at about the 3-minute mark in the video, which was provided by The Jerusalem Post.
“I would only ask that you listen to me as we listen to you,” Lew told the crowd, after the Jerusalem Post’s editor-in-chief rebuked the hecklers, according to the Post.
Lew remarked, “No administration has done more for Israel’s security than this one,” a demonstrably false assertion which drew the crowd’s ire.
Twitter users exploded in resentment.
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) June 7, 2015
— Oslowe Knownas (@Osloweknownas) June 7, 2015
— David Ferguson (@dferg) June 8, 2015
— DC Lane (@callmeirres) June 8, 2015
Others online expressed embarrassment for the crowd’s impolite treatment of a senior US cabinet member.
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) June 7, 2015
— Bruce W Jentleson (@BWJ777) June 7, 2015
I have never seen a surlier reception to a senior Administration official as the audience showing to Jack Lew at Jerusalem Post meet
— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) June 7, 2015
Not everyone agreed that the audience acted shamefully, with some tweeting that it is Lew who should be ashamed for his remarks.
— ZeelandCap (@ZeelandCap) June 7, 2015
— WackoBird King (@Yaking43) June 8, 2015
— Karen Crow (@KarenCrow6) June 7, 2015