Emanuel Blasts Netanyahu For 'Betraying' Obama

Chicago mayor criticizes Israeli PM for construction plans, tax cutoff to Palestinians.

12/03/12
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Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama's chief of staff in his first term, delivered the assessment over the weekend at the Saban Forum, an off-the-record Washington event.

Emanuel's comments were made public by another participant, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, during an open forum and were confirmed by other participants.

According to an account by New Yorker journalist David Remnick, Emanuel had said that Netanyahu had "repeatedly betrayed" Obama, and that the latest Israeli moves -- apparent retaliations for the successful Palestinian bid to achieve non-observer state status last week at the United Nations -- were especially galling given U.S. support for Israel during its recent mini-war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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Emanuel is mayor of Chicago. It would be far better for everyone if he concentrated his attention on doing HIS job and stopped nipping at Netanyahu's ankles.
Did you know that Emanuel was named to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) by President Clinton in 2000. He earned at least $320,000 during his time there, including later stock sales.[34][35]
During Emmanuel's time on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities.[35][36] The Obama Administration rejected a request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel's time as a director.[35] The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight later accused the board of having "failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention." Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001 when he ran for Congress.[37]
The point is simple and clear: Emanuel 'earned' at least $320,000 from Freddie Mac in about a year and a half and did a lousy job there. He was in the center of the incipient housing crisis, profited grandly, then skipped away as if he had nothing to do with it. I'm sure Emmanuel-philes will say I'm kooky, but that is wrong. Emmanuel has played in the top echelons of financial and political power, but he stinks at what he does. He was not helping and protecting people like he was supposed to, he was lining his pockets and didn't see the worst housing and financial crisis coming since the great depression.

I have to admit, I was confused by the actions of Netanyahu. After the full-blown support of Obama during the Gaza fighting, even as there was a piling on against Israel, it seemed like a poorly-timed choice. I wish Netanyahu would have waited for the dust to settle rather than appearing to act like a petulant child.

With all due respect to the importance of high level protocol between friendly nations, Israel's responsibility to plan and implement the rational, contiguous development of Jerusalem suburbs is substantially more important.

This is exactly my opinion. Every word of this piece is true. History bears it out.

I'm no fan of Emmanuel, but one thing's for sure—I thought he would forever conflate support for Netanyahu/Likud with support for Israel as a whole. It's about time he learned that the two are in no way alike.
Many supporters of Israel are progressives, who view Netanyahu/Likud leadership as devastating, both to Israel and the USA. We're your base, Mr. Emmanuel. Likudniks aren't.

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