Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had a simple explanation for the ongoing friction between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Hell hath no fury like Obama scorned.”
After Obama again ribbed Bibi over his comments on Palestinian statehood during a joint press conference with the Afghani president on Tuesday, Romney spoke with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto about the continuing spat between the American and Israeli leaders.
“Well there’s a lot going on here,” Romney began. “I think the first thing that comes to mind is, hell hath no fury like Obama scorned.”
The former Massachusetts governor was referring to the White House’s anger over Netanyahu’s March 3 visit to Washington, D.C., to lobby against an Iranian nuke deal — anger that was magnified after Netanyahu then won reelection in Israel two weeks later.
Romney added that part of the friction stems from a deeper source. “What this is really about is Iran,” he said. “And I think that the White House is trying to minimize Bibi Netanyahu and minimize Israel’s concerns at the the same time they’re trying to push through an agreement with Iran.”