Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report” that President Barack Obama liked to “dance around” his criticism of Israel, but instead instructed his “henchmen” to wage a campaign against Israel. (VIDEO: Krauthammer: Iranian Ayatollahs Chants ‘Death To America,’ But Obama Attacks Israel)
KRAUTHAMMER: Well, he danced around it but lets henchmen go out and conduct this incredibly hostile campaign against Israel, adding on to the refusal to accept Netanyahu’s statements about Palestinian state, et cetera. But the idea that the American side, the White House is shocked that Israel is spying on the talks is ridiculous when you read in the Wall Street Journal article that the way that the U.S. found out about it was by spying on Israel! And we listen in to [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel.
The idea that this is some kind of shocking development — in fact, the Israelis could easily have gotten it from eavesdropping on the Iranians, and might have gotten it openly from the French, who are in the talks and are quite dismayed by how much Obama and the White House have given away in these negotiations, and they are largely opposed to what has been going on.
But one last point: so what’s the big charge against the Israelis that they shared some of this with Congress? Isn’t it the obligation of a White House administration negotiating the most important deal in the generation that it should share information? This is secret information, so the White House is withholding it from the Congress of the United States? That in and of itself is rather shocking.