"…Every president I worked for, at some point in his presidency, would get so pissed off at the Israelis that he couldn’t speak. It didn’t matter whether it was Jimmy Carter or Gerry Ford or Ronald Reagan or George Bush. Something would happen and they would just absolutely go screw themselves right into the ceiling they were so angry and they’d sort of rant and rave around the Oval Office. I think it was their frustration about knowing that there was so little they could do about it because of domestic politics and everything else that was so frustrating to them."
Reblogged from randomactsofchaos
Robert Gates in a July 2000 interview
I know someone who works with the Israelis in Europe, and I can confirm that this was pretty much the attitude at the highest diplomatic level in every European country. The Israeli delegation always had a massive sense of entitlement, and started throwing threats around if everything wasn’t going exactly the way they wanted.
Sometimes the EU people would tell them to fuck off, and sometimes they’d fold. There was never a sense that they were dealing with equal democratic partners in an attempt to further the interests of human rights and peace.