Haaretz reporter Barak Ravid tweets that the Obama White House is rejecting the “chickensh*t” comments that a senior official lobbed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But no official has attached their name to that rejection.
BREAKING: White House: "Chickenshit" comments against Netanyahu are inappropriate & do not represent the view of the Obama administration
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) October 29, 2014
Ravid does not identify the source, just as Jeffrey Goldberg does not identify the “senior official” who slammed Netanyahu in the first place. So at this point, we have Obama officials using anonymity to slander Israel’s leader, and using anonymity to back off from that cricitcism. Leading to this:
@BarakRavid Who is chickenshit now?
— Friendly Zionist (@FriendlyZionist) October 29, 2014
Chickenshit? not so much pic.twitter.com/fyeA9sG1WI
— jerie shirley black (@jerieblack) October 28, 2014
Buried in that controversial article, Goldberg relays Obama White House glee that Iran’s nuclear program is now unstoppable — because the Obama administration pressured Netanyahu not to strike it.
I ran this notion by another senior official who deals with the Israel file regularly. This 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. The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. “It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”
We also learn in that paragraph that the Obama administration’s hatred for Netanyahu is not limited to just the one official whose comments form most of Goldberg’s article. And that none of these courageous officials will attach their name to the insults they are lobbing at the Israeli PM.