A retiring Democratic congressman warned that the war-of-words over the United Nations’ vote on Israel settlements is the beginning of a rhetorical “war on the American government” by Israel.
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., made the comments Monday in an interview with MSNBC when asked to react to accusations that the Israeli government has proof that the Obama administration helped influence the U.N. Security Council’s vote to condemn Israeli settlements.
Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., had said earlier on MSNBC that the Israelis would be sharing the proof to the incoming Trump administration only.
“What we are seeing is the beginning of a war on the American government [by Israel],” McDermott said in response to Dermer.
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“We’re seeing the air war right now, we’re seeing all these tweets, all this kind of innuendo and all these half stories, and all this stuff is to create tremendous tension,” McDermott explained.
He added that creating the tension will help President-elect Donald Trump begin the “ground war” when he takes over the White House next month. That, McDermott said, is when “his appointees begin to carry out his actions in the departments across the government.”
“The American people are being subjected to a campaign of anxiety production,” McDermott said. “And it really is very, very disturbing to watch.”
McDermott added that because Israel “never could get 100 percent from Barack Obama, so they decided to attack him and use him as the reason why Trump should come in and give them everything they want.”
Israel is now “running their own war against us and our policies” because they are angry that Obama has pushed back against telling them to stop with settlements, McDermott said.
“They’re angry about it, so they’re using him [Obama] now as the butt for … in anticipation somebody will come in and do exactly what they want,” he added.
White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes has denied claims that his administration was behind the Security Council’s vote on Friday, which condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States, which has veto power in the Security Council, abstained from voting on the resolution.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has summoned U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro to discuss the U.N. resolution. Netanyahu has said the U.N. vote will cause Israeli to “reassess” its relationship with the U.N.
This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner