• Hillary Clinton Slammed ‘Cocky Israel’ In Email

    Hillary Clinton accused Israel of “always” sounding “cocky” during  a major 2010 feud between the Obama Administration and the Jewish state over Jerusalem construction, according to an email she sent to an aide.

    Clinton berated Netanyahu in a 45-minute phone call a week before the email was sent and demanded that Netanyahu consent to multiple demands to preserve the historically close U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Clinton was angry about an announcement that 1,600 new housing units were being built in a mainly Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. She had demanded weeks before the announcement that Netanyahu launch an investigation into the timing of the settlement, reverse the approval of the 1,600 housing units, and make significant gestures towards the Palestinians that would enable renewed peace talks.

    Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama at the White House following Clinton’s comments and as Ghattis predicted, Israel didn’t budge.

    BBC reporter Kim Ghattas, who followed Clinton as secretary of state, wrote in an email to Clinton aide Jake Sullivan that the Israeli side was “sounding a bit cocky” during a press briefing, and said it was unlikely that the United States would be able to move them toward an agreement.

    “They always sound cocky—in the air or on the ground,” wrote Clinton on March 22, 2010.


    Israel’s then-ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren claims Clinton’s criticism came during the worst point in U.S.-Israel relations in 35 years, a situation largely attributed to Clinton’s own actions.

    Oren, said in a recent book on the U.S.-Israel relationship that Clinton refused to have an in-person meeting with him despite his requests during her tenure at the State Department.

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