U.S. relations with Israel are now the worst they have been since Israel became an independent nation in 1948, as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit prime minister," a "coward," and a man more interested in his own selfish political survival than peace, The Guardian website reports today (October 29, 2014).
The furious assessment delivered in anonymous but no-holds barred comments in an interview with American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic journal underline a state of anger with a thickheaded Netanyahu that is characterized as "red hot." The Atlantic article also states, "The only thing he [Netanyahu] is 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."
Speaking to the Israeli parliament -- the Knesset -- a few hours after the comments were revealed today, Netanyahu angrily insisted he was "under attack simply for defending Israel," adding that he "cherished" Israel's relationship with the United States.
The Obama official's comments depict the dismal state of relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu after a series of damaging announcements by Israel -- including again this week -- regarding its determination to push ahead with settlement building in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, despite warnings from the United States and the United Nations not to go ahead with settlement building, since doing so will inevitably destroy any prospect for peace with the Palestinians.