President Joe Biden's political rhetoric aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, but it also is failing to move Israel on ceasing its war on Hamas in Gaza.
Despite being an ally locked in war, Biden has been reportedly unkind to his Israeli counterpart, calling Netanyahu an "a**hole" behind closed doors — all while claiming publicly he close, sources told NBC News.
A week after reports saying Biden privately considers Netanyahu a "bad f**king guy," sources say Netanyahu is "giving him hell." Late last week, Biden denounced the Israeli war operations in Gaza as "over the top."
Notably, there has been no reports of Biden cursing out Hamas terrorists or the world's No. 1 state sponsor of terror Iran, anonymously or otherwise.
This all comes as the Biden administration continues to press a two-state solution, giving Gaza a Palestinian state after the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel, while Netanyahu has continued to press forward, vowing "total victory" over Hamas.
Netanyahu is Biden's "primary obstacle" to keeping Israel from the prime minister's secondary war objective of eradicating Hamas, officials told NBC.
But, since Israel's war on Hamas began, Netanyahu has been steadfast in achieving three objectives:
- Return all of the 250 hostages taken by Hamas terrorists as human shields and leverage for a Palestinian state, as Israeli officials told Newsmax
- Eradicate the Hamas terrorist network and leadership, including worldwide
- Demilitarize and deradicalize the anti-Israeli Palestinian population in Gaza
Only after those three objectives are met can there be peace in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, according to Netanyahu, who is also called "Bibi."
But Biden remains undaunted on Israel's war objectives, instead facing pressure in the U.S. to get nearly $10 billion in funding for Gaza and far-left agitators calling for sanctions on Israel for its strikes against Hamas.
"He did say, 'Bibi started off great, but he's been a pain in my ass lately' or 'he's been killing me lately' — one of those things," a source told NBC News. "He goes, 'But, he's doing a disservice ... of late.'"
Biden's inability to stop Israel has been a point of contention in private conversations with two-state advocates and campaign officials, sources told NBC.
"He just feels like this is enough," one source said. "It has to stop."
The rejection of the Israeli prime minister over political and policy differences could be construed as anti-Israel, so Biden administration officials have tried to tamp down talk of a personal rift.
"The president has been clear where he disagrees with Prime Minister Netanyahu, but this is a decadeslong relationship that is respectful in public and in private," a National Security Council spokesman wrote in a statement, according to NBC News.
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