Did the State Department leak a phone call in which Obama insists that Israel unilaterally stop its surge into Gaza?

Obama on phoneThe Times of Israel has published what is alleged to be a transcript of a leaked telephone call between Obama and Netanyahu.  Both Netanyahu and Obama are denying its truth, but I wonder.  The substance is entirely consistent with Obama’s and Kerry’s public pronouncements, although much ruder, hectoring, hostile, and autocratic in tone.  My suspicion is that Obama is denying it because he’s worried that it makes him look bad, and Bibi is denying it for the same reason — to help Obama save face in return for which, one hopes, Bibi gets something.

Anyway, here’s the allegedly leaked transcript:

Israel’s Channel 1 publishes a Hebrew transcript of a portion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama’s telephone conversation Sunday, in which Obama is insistent that Israel unilaterally halt all military activities in the Gaza Strip.

The following is an English translation of the Hebrew account of the talk given in the report:

Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.

Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?

BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.

BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.

BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza.

BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.

BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –

BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.

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  • Texan99

    He can shove it right up his ass.

  • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare

    This seems a little ~too~ honest an exchange between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu for it to be real. For one thing, I can’t imagine Mr. Obama being that forthright in his speech, not directly. I believe he would instruct a lackey to say something like this, though.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    March Hare and Texan99 are both right.

  • jj

    Reads like two eight year-olds, which I can readily believe of Obama, less so of Bibi. Though I doubt if even a pisswit like Obama would begin a conversation with: “I demand” much of anything. Maybe he gets away with that kind of crap with his alleged daughters, but I doubt he even tries it on with anyone else. Don’t buy it..

  • sabawa

    Yeah, I didn’t buy the ‘demand’ thing either……unless he was talking about a better tee time. Supercilious whiner.

  • http://www.celiahayes.com Sgt. Mom

    Well — if I read some of the comments on other blogs aright, it’s been translated twice – from English to Hebrew and back to English again, so nuances of tone and interpretation may have been altered from the original.

    Still – (and this thought is not original with me) one does wonder if there is an original recording of this conversation in English, and Bibi or whoever is just sitting on it, until the right time to release it, a la Breitbart..

    And I can well find it credible that Obama would be so … autocratic. He is accustomed to giving orders to those he views as inferiors, so I find the pissy, passive-aggressive tone credible.

    Although I am posting from Texas, and have never been within a country mile of this administration, or him, other than their pictures on the wall of the military clinic where I go for medical appointments. Iit’s always been obvious to me that he’s one of those pissy, passive-aggressive pieces of work – I’ve had the misfortune of encountering and working with people pretty much like him.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    This is how American power treats lesser nations.


    I think it’s close enough to BO’s tone and Bibi’s response.

    BO: “Cease fire now!”
    Bibi: “Up yours!”
    BO: “Strongly worded letter to follow.”
    Bibi: “Strongly worded two letters for you – F U!”

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      I think you wouldn’t make the cut for press secretary, dear Sadie.

      • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare


  • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare

    I do find it sad that, whether this transcript is true or not, we can believe this conversation is plausible in intent, if not in actual wording. Says something about how badly Mr. Obama has demeaned the office he holds.

    I don’t recall any other President who has done that so publicly. Nixon resigned rather than tear the country apart.

  • Michael Adams

    But Grimma Wormtongue WANTS to tear the country apart. I doubt that he would resign, even if impeached and a conviction seemed likely, because the trial would be so horrible for the country. For the forty percent who know little more about GT than his pigmentation, the entire trial would be painful and confusing, “the better to eat you with, my dear.”


    Impeachment is a thought, but I prefer to see the Wicked Witch of the West Wing meltdown and disappear into nothingness – President Puddle!