Already strained US-Israel ties became even more frayed when an anonymous “senior Obama administration official” launched unusual and undiplomatic attack on Benjamin Netanyahu. Here’s what he told Jeffrey Goldberg:
“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.
“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said, expanding the definition of what a chickenshit Israeli prime minister looks like. “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin.He’s got no guts.”
When passed by another senior official who deals with the Israel file regularly, the official agreed that Netanyahu is a “chickenshit” on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he’s also a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.
Well, this makes for an interesting comparison of animal faeces, for, as one of my friends noted, if former commando leader Bibi is you-know-what on the Iran nuclear threat, then Obama is a veritable cow-pat. And there is also the issue of the US Administration believing that Bibi was too frightened to attack Iran three years ago. This implies that they believe this is exactly what he should have done. This would have enabled Obama to condemn Israel while heaving a huge sigh of relief. So once again, if you’re an Israeli leader, you’re damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t. Defamation or defecation, it’s clearly the fault of those paltry poultry.