Republican Senator John McCain has censured US President Barack Obama for his response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s divisive victory in Tuesday’s elections.
On Thursday, Obama told Netanyahu on phone that Washington will “reassess” its ties with Tel Aviv after the Israeli premier rejected the idea of a Palestinian state during his election campaign.
The White House has also raised the prospect of removing critical US diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations.
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, McCain said President Obama “should get over” the reelection of Netanyahu. “Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. president.”
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee downplayed Netanyahu’s controversial comments leading up to elections, saying they pale in comparison to Middle East challenges.
“If every politician were held to everything they say in a political campaign, obviously that would be a topic of long discussion,” McCain said.
He said that “thousands are being slaughtered” by the ISIL terrorist group and, rehashing Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress, McCain said Iran is taking over capitals of Lebanon, Beirut and Baghdad.
“The president has his priorities so screwed it, it’s unbelievable,” he declared. “Either that or he’s delusional. I’m not sure which.”
McCain is the voice of Netanyahu in the US Congress, an American political analyst and activist told Press TV in January.
“John McCain, like a number of other US representatives and senators in the US Congress, is a Netanyahu’s man. He is there to do Netanyahu’s bidding,” said Mark Glenn, writer and co-founder of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement.
“So when John McCain is criticizing President Obama… what you are listening to are the complaints of Benjamin Netanyahu,” Glenn stated.
Earlier this month, Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the US Congress, where he ranted for nearly 40 minutes against the Iran nuclear talks, warning Washington that it was negotiating a “bad deal” with the Islamic Republic.
The GOP invitation to Netanyahu was extended without consultation with the White House, drawing angry reaction from the Obama administration, which called it a breach of protocol.
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