Former secretary of state James Baker, who served during former president George H.W. Bush’s administration, blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “obstacle to peace,” echoing similar comments made by White House Chief of Stff Denis McDonough, Haaretz reports.
Baker slammed Netanyahu’s “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship,” saying his “actions have not matched his rhetoric.”
James Baker said “the lack of progress regarding a lasting peace” plan for a two-state solution diminished since Netanyahu’s reelection last week. In other words, John Boehner and other Republicans lawmakers are kissing up to Netanyahu as though he’s the moral authority on what the Obama adminstration should do with regard to Iran and Palestine.
Baker’s comments come as the Wall Street Journal reported that Israel spied on the closed-door nuclear negotiations with Iran and shared the information with U.S. lawmakers. A seniro U.S. official told the WSJ, “It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other.””It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy.”
Benjamin Netanyahu is acting as though his country gives the U.S. millions of dollars and other support, including their Iron Dome, instead of the other way around.