Channel One in Israel has produced what it claims to be a leaked transcript of a conversation between US President Barak, “I’ve got your back, Israel,” Obama and Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu in which the President of the United States tries to bully Israel into submission to its enemies. “The White House quickly issued a denial, with Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, calling the supposed transcript of the call “totally false,” in effect, asking those who have read the transcript to disregard an exchange that, if true as reported, perfectly explains what has appeared to be the exasperating hesitancy of Netanyahu and his cabinet to vigorously pursue action in Gaza that would end Hamas’s ability to continue bombing, kidnapping and murdering Israeli Jews. Netanyahu’s office, for what it is worth, also provided a twitter denial reproduced in an article in Time.
Pray for Benjamin Netanyahu. Anyone want his job? True or false, the transcript fits the strangely unfolding events of the last three weeks as Israel has been hesitant to get an essential job done, puzzling its people with unilateral cease fires and excruciating deliberateness in Gaza while her citizens and soldiers remain in harm’s way.