posted at 01:50
Author: Louise Roug
"Shocking and Disappointing": U.S. Officials Push Back Against Israeli Media Reports
"One British journalist tweeted a link to a YouTube video of James Baker, Secretary of State in George H.W. Bush's administration, admonishing Israel in 1990:"The telephone number is 1-202-456-1414. Steven Spiegel, a professor of political science at UCLA, went even further back in history to cite the example of President Harry Truman, who embargoed the sale of weapons to Israel during the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and President Dwight Eisenhower who threatened Israel with sanctions after the Suez Crisis in 1956. As recently as last week, Kerry was caught on a hot mic before a Fox interview, seemingly criticizing Israel's Gaza offensive, which has now killed as many as 1,200 Palestinians. Israel has reported that 53 soldiers and three civilians have been killed during the three weeks of the conflict. "Obama has been exceptionally strong with providing Israel with its military needs and in some ways, he may actually be the strongest president ever," Spiegel told Mashable. "Obama has been very generous in terms of providing aid, and people in Israel tell me that 'anything we need, we feel like we can go to the Obama administration like no other.'". Later in the day, the Times of Israel reported that Israel's Channel 1 had published "a Hebrew transcript of a portion of Netanyahu and Obama's telephone conversation on Sunday, in which Obama is insistent that Israel unilaterally halt all military activities in the Gaza Strip." The newspaper also posted what it said was an English translation of the Hebrew account on Channel 1. According to the Times of Israel Channel 1 reporter Or Nahari stood by his account, saying that the controversial transcript had been leaked to him by a "Senior American official."

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