Even Fox News thought this from Netanyahu was a bit much

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Sunday 25 January 2015 15:00
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Fox News is not an institution known for defending Barack Obama.

But two of their top anchors seemed shocked when discussing the behaviour of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who secretly organised a speech to Congress with the Republican speaker of the House John Boehner - leaving the White House out of the loop.

The breach of protocol has been widely viewed as a snub and Fox News hosts Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith criticised Netanyahu over the weekend, with Wallace saying he "100 per cent" agreed with comments from Martin Indyk, the former American ambassador to Israel, that the Israeli prime minister was using the opportunity as a "photo op" before the Israeli general election.

Netanyahu's visit to America in March will come two weeks before the polls open. He added it seemed like a "very risky" political strategy and "dicey politics".

To make you get a sense of really how - forgive me -wicked, this whole thing is, the Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Israeli Ambassador to the United States for two hours on Tuesday, Ron Dermer.

The ambassador, according to the State Department never mentioned the fact that Netanyahu was in negotiations and finally agreed to come to Washington, not to see the president, but to go to Capitol Hill, speak to a joint session of congress and criticise the president's policy. I have to say I'm shocked.

  • Chris Wallace

Shepard Smith replied: “It seems like they think we don’t pay attention and that we’re just a bunch of complete morons — the United States citizens — as if we wouldn’t pick up on what’s happening here."

Watch the discussion below:

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