A onetime Jewish aide who worked with the State Department during its negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians has claimed that Obama administration officials could be heard in the hallways of Foggy Bottom shouting, “We are the United States of America—we will not be ruled whether it’s by domestic constituencies or Israelis!”
Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren made similar claims in his recent memoir, recalling multiple instances of Obama administration hostility toward Israel, including verbal threats.
Laura Blumenthal, one of several Jewish aides who were involved in Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to foster peace, made the most recent disclosure during a panel discussion hosted by the Jewish Federation of North America, a Jewish community umbrella organization.
“The administration really felt like they were really humiliated and undercut by the Israelis during the war,” Haaretz quoted Blumenthal as saying. “And you heard people say out loud, fight loudly in the stairwell in the State Department, saying ‘We are the United States of America—we will not be ruled whether it’s by domestic constituencies or Israelis!’”
Full article: State Department: ‘We Will not Be Ruled’ By ‘Domestic Constituencies or Israelis’ (Washington Free Beacon)