Following the botched U.S.-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily told a senior Obama State Department official to never push Israel into another agreement with the Palestinian Authority.
Netanyahu reportedly told U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro in a tense phone call Friday that the Obama administration was “not to ever second-guess me again,” according to The Times of Israel.
“Netanyahu added that he now ‘expected’ the US and other countries to fully support Israel’s offensive in Gaza,” The Times reported.
This information came from individuals familiar with the conversation but wish not to be identified.
The phone call came after the planned 72-hour cease-fire agreement Israel had with Hamas ended after less than two hours when Hamas terrorists killed two IDF soldiers and kidnapped a third.
Shapiro wasn’t the only one to receive an earful from the prime minister. According to The Times of Israel:
They said Netanyahu made similar points to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who himself denounced the attack as “outrageous,” saying it was an affront to assurances to respect the ceasefire given to the United States and United Nations, which brokered the truce.
On Friday, the Obama administration condemned “outrageous” violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a “barbaric” action.
Although the president condemned the actions that ended the cease-fire, he stopped short of directly blaming Hamas for the kidnapping.
“If they are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible,” Obama told reporters, adding that the ceasefire would be difficult to revive without the soldier’s release.without his release.
“It’s going to be very hard to put a cease-fire back together again if Israelis and the international community can’t feel confident that Hamas can follow through on a cease-fire commitment,” he said.
I don’t think at this point Israel is much interested in any agreement with Hamas — especially a cease-fire agreement. Indeed, peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is unlikely until Hamas has been destroyed.