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Obama-Netanyahu Rift Deepens, Wasserman-Schultz Still in Denial?

By Javier Manjarres

Several more news agencies are now reporting on the post-press conference/open-mic conversation that occurred between French President Nicholas Sarkozy and President Barack Obama at the G-8 Summit last week, an exchange in which both leaders expressed some pretty strong disdain towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  So now the question that begs is just how strained are U.S.- Israeli relations?

As the two leaders discussion turns to Israel and the Palestinians, Sarkozy is first to express his distaste for the conservative Israeli Prime Minister.

“I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” the French president was heard to say.

In response, according to the account by Arret Sur Images, Mr. Obama sympathizes with Sarkozy’s frustration, saying, “you’re fed up, but I have to deal with him every day.” (CBS News)

Several months back, Netanyahu rejected President Obama’s rejected proposal for Israel to pull back its borders to their 1967 locations.  Netanyahu chided President Obama for proposing such a solution and stated that the borders that existed prior to 1967 are now “indefensible.”

In a subsequent trip to the White House to visit with President Obama, Netanyahu delivered one of the more memorable diplomatic schoolings of any sitting U.S. President in recent history.  Netanyahu reiterated his position that Israel will not retreat behind its 1967 borders and that “Israel cannot negotiate with a Palestinian government back by Hamas, Hamas is a terrorist organization commited to Israel’s destruction.. Israel cannot be asked to negotiate with a government that is backed by the Palestinian version fo Al Qaeda.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly stated that he and President Obama had differences in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian border, as well as the Palestinian refugee problem that Netanyahu says  will not be resolved within Israel-

It’s not going to happen, everybody knows it’s not going to happen, and I think it’s time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly, it’s not going to happen.” – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

In speech after speech, Obama has distanced the United States from Israel, castigating Israel over housing projects in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, even making a dangerous and unprecedented call to start negotiations based on the pre-1967 borders that made Israel’s security vulnerable in the first place.-(George Allen, Newsmax)

So given this history, just how big is the rift between Netanyahu and Obama? According to DNC Chairwoman/Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,”there has never been a riff between Prime Minister Netanyahu” and President Obama (Source: Shark Tank VIDEO)

Wasserman-Schultz made this remark during a rally for Israel event in Davie, Florida on August 28, 2011.

So is there a major diplomatic riff as well as a strong animosity between the two heads of state?  Does Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s assessment of current U.S.-Israel relations pass the laugh test?  You make the call. 

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • florida jew hopes wasseman loses

    i know in my community in hollywood debbie wasserman obama will not be allowed to speak . or synagougue took a vote by the board and decided that if she is so close to obama and has not commented on obama calling netanyahu a liar she is unfit

  • Sandman

    Once again, you delusional Democrats want everyone to believe Obama doesn’t hate Israel and Netanyahu. Once more Obama sides with his muslim brothas and the mistress of propaganda DWS lies to us about it. When will you jews have enough?

  • pat boccia

    Any Floridian that thinks DWS has theirs as well as America’s best interests at heart is either as delusional as she is or braindead. DWS is an egotistical maniac perfectly suited for inside the Beltway, but little else. Banning her from Main Street town meetings and synagogues should only be the start or you ostracizing her. Citizens of Florida time to admit your mistake in electing her in the first place…and time to take her off of your payroll.

  • Mike

    Obama never blatantly called Netanyahu a liar. In addition, I have to ask the question, who is your loyalty to? The Israeli government or the United States of America. Why would the French President make a statement calling Netanyahu a liar…maybe because he is. Netanyahu delivering a diplomatic schooling? I’m begging to wonder what reality you guys are seeing. He is isolating the state of Israel to the point where the U.S. now has to question its support for their decisions. Moreover, the Israeli PM is creating more and more tension in the region that will eventually boil over into protracted conflict. Is this really diplomacy? Get a grip and face reality as it is. There is no rift between the U.S. and Israel because we are institutionally in bed with each other. Calling out Israel for its mistake does not constitute turning our backs on them.

  • Orlando Llenza

    I recently moved to DWS district and will be proud to help her out of office next election together with her mentor our Muslin President.

  • Annika

    It has been delightful to watch DWS ‘grow’ beyond our South Fla. District, and expose her blabber mouth on the national level. “Nancy Pelosi’s poodle” is what we used to call her, but the name should be changed to “Obama’s lap dog”. The south Florida Republican contender running against Wasserman Schultz is KAREN HARRINGTON –
    Go Karen!

  • Lorraine Kenter

    Obama hates Netanyahu for the latter’s refusal to lead his nation into national suicide- as Obama is doing with America and as Sarkozy is doing with France.

  • Liz

    Don’t ask Debbie WS about reality!
    She does not have a clue, elect someone that does – Karen Harrington.

  • Ellie d

    DWS has not said a word that I’ve heard that makes an ounce of sense. Then, neither has her non-commander-in-chief. Benjamin Netanyehu is definitely not a liar, he is a conservative leader who is working toward the best interests and survival of his nation. It is incomprehensible that more people cannot see or understand how dangerous Obama & Sarkozy are to their own countries and to this world. Dig deep, people, look at the relationships and real philosophies of the New World Order and the role of characters like our hopefully not president and Sarkozy, accompanied by their associations with Mr. Soros and other financiers. Their objective is to see Israel destroyed and to take this world past socialism into complete control-THAT will not be a good thing. Israel will never be defeated-you can “take that to the bank”!