Senate Dem Describes Netanyahu as “Difficult”

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - Dec 22, 2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Jerusalem

( – While the United States continues – at least officially – to be a staunch ally of Israel in its continued offensive against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza strip, the relationship is by no means a smooth one.

The problem, apparently, lies largely with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Democratic Delaware Senator Chris Coons describes the long-time Israeli leader as “difficult” to work with.

Speaking to the press, Coons said that while he agreed with President Joe Biden’s decision to stand behind Israel in the wake of Hamas’ devastating October 7 attacks on its citizens, the Israeli government, Netanyahu in particular, has been obstinate with regard to coming to a two-state solution to the conflict in the area.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu has been an exceptionally difficult partner,” Coon said in an interview on a recent episode of CBS’ “Face the Nation”. He added that working with the Israeli prime minister has been a “real challenge”, especially for many Democrats in Congress who believe in a two-state solution. However, Netanyahu, according to Coons, has “done everything he can to undermine a positive vision for peace for Israel.”

Even the White House, which has been characteristically supportive of the Jewish state, has offered some pushback against Netanyahu’s aggressive approach to the conflict. President Joe Biden recent commented that the Israeli PM “has to change,” warning that Israel’s support among world leaders is growing thin because of the “indiscriminate bombing that takes place.” Hamas’ health ministry says Israel’s offensive in Gaza has taken more than 19,000 lives – although some say that those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.

Still, with casualties on the rise, some Democratic lawmakers have taken more concrete steps in an effort to rein Israel in. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed that further aid to Israel be put on hold for the moment. Only when Israel’s government changes its “military and political positions” will the U.S. send more aid.

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