Leading Likud MK Blasts Obama's 'Chutzpah'

'We don't want to say what we think of Obama out of respect and because of the elections,' says MK Miri Regev.

Hezki Baruch, Gil Ronen ,

MK Miri Regev
MK Miri Regev
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A leading Likud MK, Miri Regev, who chairs the Knesset's Interior Committee, fired back at US President Barack Obama after an interview by a White House official in which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was referred to as “chickens**t.”

"With all due respect for Obama, who is he to hand out grades to the prime minister?” – Regev asked rhetorically in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “The utterances exhibit chutzpah, are unacceptable and constitute intervention in Israel's affairs by President Obama.

She added: "With all due respect to Obama, and I recognize the importance of our relationship with the Americans, but to say that Netanyahu has no courage and to compare him to other leaders? We do not want to say what we think of Obama out of respect and because of the elections.”

"Jews will build homes everywhere in the Land of Israel, including eastern Jerusalem, and the Arabs can also live anywhere in the state of Israel,” she said, regarding a major point of contention between the US and Israel.

Netanyahu's religious-Zionist partners in the coalition also backed him following the undiplomatic comments.

“The United States administration is planning to throw Israel under the bus,” Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday night. “Israel is stronger than all those who curse it."

“The prime minister is not a private individual, but the leader of the Jewish State and the Jewish world as a whole. Serious curses such as these against the Israeli Prime Minister are harmful to millions of citizens of Israel and Jews worldwide,” added Bennett.

"The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickens**t," a senior Obama administration official told Jeffrey Goldberg of The AtlanticThe same official, Goldberg said, told him that “the good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”