Before the Hofstra debate, I spent some time with Peter King, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. King (R-NY) answered some questions about Libya and the breakdown in relations between the administration and Israel.
Chairman King accused the administration of covering up the real story of the Benghazi attack for political reasons:
I believe the President is so fixated on convincing the American people that he has defeated al-Qaeda and that al-Qaeda is no longer a real threat– by saying this was a terrorist attack, or by acknowledging a terrorist attack would be looked upon as a defeat for his policies against al-Qaeda,”
King said that al-Qaeda is a bigger threat today than before because they are more spread out and under the radar than before.
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He turned his attention to Israel saying that Obama’s failed foreign policy was hurting Israel and strengthening the will of her enemies.
King said it was clear President Obama has a disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The congressman added Israel doesn’t trust Obama on Iran, and rightfully so. On one hand Obama says the US will protect Israel should Iran get on the precipice of nuclear weapons; on the other he ties Israel’s hands. The President wants Israel to give time for the sanctions to work, but opposed Congressional action to strengthen those sanctions. King pointed out the issue of a nuclear Iran is one that should not only concern Israel, but the entire Western world.
He closed with a money quote which concisely described what makes Obama’s relationship with Israel particularly disturbing:
“We have had disagreements with Israel before, but they have always been on subjects such as settlements or boarders. This is the first time in our history where an administration disagreed with Israel on an issue of basic survivability.”