Krauthammer: Obama Should Address Israelis As Warmly As He Does the Iranians
Charles Krauthammer tonight sounded off on President Barack Obama’s video to the Iranian people on nuclear weapons negotiations.
In the video, Obama said, “Our negotiations have made progress but gaps remain, and there are people in both our countries and beyond who oppose a diplomatic resolution. My message to you, the people of Iran, is that together we have to speak up for the future we seek.”
“This is unusual in American history, a president addressing a serious adversary, enemy of the U.S., where the leader leads chants of 'death to America' […] if only he would address as warmly the Israelis as he does the Iranians and their leaders,” Krauthammer said.
Krauthammer also weighed in on the White House’s remarks that the administration will take a new look at policies toward Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election. The administration has raised questions about Netanyahu’s commitment to a two-state solution because of remarks he made ahead of the election. Netanyahu walked back those comments in an interview with Megyn Kelly today.
Krauthammer said that Netanyahu has made it clear that he’s open to a two-state solution, but the conditions are simply not there right now. Krauthammer asked: How can Israel make a peace agreement with a government that includes Hamas?
“There’s no government in Israel that would hand over the West Bank to a government that includes Hamas,” Krauthammer said.
Krauthammer said that the administration may be “trying to stab Israel in the back” by supporting a U.N. resolution to call for unilateral withdrawal of Israel. He added that this could be the administration’s “cynical attempt” to distract from a “catastrophic” nuclear weapons deal with Iran.