Punishment for Israelis who chose to re-elect Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu this week was not long in coming from an infuriated U.S. President Barack Obama, the Jewish Press website reports today (March 19, 2015).
The Obama administration is now weighing the option of agreeing to a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, as well as the withdrawal of Israel from Judea and Samaria, with mutually agreed land swaps.
The resolution would force Israel to enter immediate talks with the Palestinian Authority, in advance of a final status agreement for both sides.
For decades, U.S. presidents traditionally call the apparent victor of Israeli elections after the polls have closed to congratulate them on their win -- but not this week. Instead, "the day after," Netanyahu received a public scolding from Obama on his "divisive language" [for saying he will never agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state] and a refusal by the American president to call his Israeli counterpart to offer the traditional congratulations.