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We hate giving Jeffrey Goldberg credit, but he’s done it again, established the Talking Point in the conflict for the week, and maybe longer. And it’s his pottymouth again. Last time it was when he interviewed Hillary Clinton attacking Obama for the foreign-policy mantra, “Don’t do stupid shit.” This time he got a senior Obama official to call Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit.”

The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.

chickenshitThe comment has stung Netanyahu and maybe hurt him politically. The damage was intentional, says former White House aide Ari Fleischer: “As ex WH staffer, I can safely say staff wouldn’t publicly call someone ‘chickensh*t’ if POTUS hadn’t privately said something similar 1st.” Iranian media has leaped on the allegation, put it in a headline. So has the Jewish News Service.

Chickenshit is trending on Twitter. Everyone thinks they can be scatological. Us too:

Goldberg said this wasn’t the first time he heard Netanyahu called names in the Obama White House:

Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.” (These are verbatim descriptions; I keep a running list.)  But I had not previously heard Netanyahu described as a “chickenshit.” I thought I appreciated the implication of this description, but it turns out I didn’t have a full understanding. . .

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said, expanding the definition of what a chickenshit Israeli prime minister looks like. “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”

I ran this notion by another senior official who deals with the Israel file regularly. This official agreed that Netanyahu is a “chickenshit” on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he’s also a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.

Goldberg’s article declared “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here” and to borrow a phrase, the Netanyahu administration is going apeshit. Its finance minister is doubling down on Diaspora Jewish loyalty to Israel, saying that the prime minister represents “Jews worldwide.” Haaretz reports:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office launched at counter-offensive at the Obama administration Wednesday, after a senior U.S. official was quoted as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “a chickenshit prime minister,” who only cares about his political survival.

“Netanyahu will continue to uphold the security interests of Israel and the historical rights of the Jewish people in Jerusalem, and no amount of pressure will change that,” Netanyahu’s office said in response to the remark, the latest in the ongoing crisis in U.S.-relations, which was cited in a report by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. . . .

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett responded harshly to the interview, saying that “the prime minister is not a private person, but the leader of the Jewish state and the Jewish world. Such severe curse words against the Israeli prime minister are harmful to millions of Israeli citizens and Jews worldwide.”

Israel’s Channel 10 reports that Israeli officials suspect Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is the source of the quote. The Obama administration is now looking to clean up the mess. From Foreign Policy:

The White House is in damage control after an anonymous Obama administration official was quoted in the Atlantic calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” while a second told the magazine that the Israeli leader was a “coward” when it came to Iran.

“Certainly the comments in the article do not represent the administration’s view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive,” Alistair Baskey, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.

According to congressional sources, White House officials are reaching out to key lawmakers that deal with the U.S-Israel relationship to deny that the bruising quote came from the White House — leaving the explicit suggestion that a State Department official was responsible for the remark. White House officials told lawmakers that press secretary Josh Earnest would denounce the quote at today’s daily briefing.

“They’re reaching out to us and letting us know that they’re outraged,” a House aide tells Foreign Policy.

But was the damage to Netanyahu intentional? Fleischer again: “In world w Iran, No. K, Syria, ISIS, Hamas, is there a leader Admin called “chickensh*t”? Israel. Tells all u need 2know re O’s worldview.” The issue is sure to be all over today’s press briefing at State.

Roland Nikles says that the controversy shows the emperor has no clothes, Netanyahu has been politically hurt.

“Leah Rabin, the late widow of assassinated premier Yitzhak Rabin, used words such as ‘nightmare,’ ‘monstrosity,’ ‘corrupt’ and ‘liar’ to describe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in letters she wrote over a decade ago that have recently been obtained by Haaretz,” says Amir Oren in Haaretz. Here is the late (she died in 2000) Leah Rabin in her own words:

“I hope, pray, that the days of this government are numbered. Benjamin Netanyahu is a corrupt individual, a contentious liar who is ruining everything that is good about our society. He is breaking it to bits, and in the future, we will have to rebuild it all over.”

More Israel supporters getting bent out of shape: John Schindler, re Chickenshitgate:

In diplomatic terms, this is the equivalent of giving a wedgie to a close ally, and is conduct beneath banana republics, much less a great power. But this is exactly the sort of petulant, faux-macho acting out I’ve come to expect from Obama’s profoundly dysfunctional National Security Council.

And the egregious Ben Shapiro:

It will be a fine day when ‘s nose is surgically removed from Obama’s colon so he can breathe properly again.

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  1. Qualtrough
    October 29, 2014, 2:06 pm

    I would have used a seven letter word beginning with A and rhyming with mole, but chickenshit is just as accurate.

    • Horizontal
      October 29, 2014, 3:10 pm

      What’s wrong with using both, so long as they fit?

    • bilal a
      October 30, 2014, 8:27 am

      Bennett is echoing classic ADL defined antisemetic canards in claiming Jews in the USA have their leader in Tel Aviv:

      “The prime minister is not a private person but the leader of the Jewish state and the whole Jewish world. Such severe insults towards the prime minister of Israel are hurtful to millions of Israeli citizens and Jews all over the world,” he wrote.

      “But to suggest that it is something other than anti-Semitism is a grave mistake. Even in America, where Jews are more at home and secure as equal citizens than anywhere else in 2,000 years, the unsettling fact is that fully one-third of Americans still accept the notion that Jews have “dual loyalties.” This was apparent in the Anti-Defamation League’s June 2002 survey of Anti-Semitism in America, which also found that 20 percent of the American public agrees that, “Jews have too much power in the U.S. today.”

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 3:59 pm

        “But to suggest that it is something other than anti-Semitism is a grave mistake. Even in America, where Jews are more at home and secure as equal citizens than anywhere else in 2,000 years, the unsettling fact is that fully one-third of Americans still accept the notion that Jews have “dual loyalties.” This was apparent in the Anti-Defamation League’s June 2002 survey of Anti-Semitism in America, which also found that 20 percent of the American public agrees that, “Jews have too much power in the U.S. today.”

        And we can see the devastating effect of these invidious ideas on the Jewish community in America, living in isolated communities, and afraid or prevented from attaining any economic assets, social status or security.

      • piotr
        October 30, 2014, 4:09 pm

        ADL should count their blessing. Anti-rich prejudice is most rampant in USA:

        “Seventy-seven percent of Americans say that too much power rests in the hands of large corporations and a few wealthy people, according to a poll released Thursday from the Pew Research Center.”

        This is the minority that is most threatened in USA, even though, so far, it enjoys as much freedom as anywhere else, but that only because of indefatigable efforts to stamp out anti-rich sentiments.

      • The Dirty Democrat
        November 4, 2014, 8:14 pm

        PM Netanyahu is probably the Agitator in chief and damn proud of it. Every time this balding prick shows up or calls at the White House he causes a shit storm of anger because he demands ass kissing that he damn sure doesn’t deserve.
        What he needs is an ass kicking out the back door of America and his funding (over $6 billion per anum & counting) dropped completely. He steals so much from other countries and screams ANTI-SEMITE loud and clear at anyone that calls him on his lies.
        The slaughter of the thousands of Palestinians, the theft of their lands, and the constant harassment has caused Israel to regarded as a pariah in civilized society.
        That is why he is a chicken shit and always will be. He has guided his country to the lowest point it has ever been.
        The BDS movement has garnered praise all over the world and has been making big holes in Israeli economy and for that , Thanks Chicken Shit Netanyahu.

  2. eljay
    October 29, 2014, 2:08 pm

    >> And the egregious Ben Shapiro: It will be a fine day when @JeffreyGoldberg‘s nose is surgically removed from Obama’s colon so he can breathe properly again.

    Just imagine how well America will be able breathe when its nose is removed from Israel’s colon!

  3. Karl Dubhe
    October 29, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that Jeffrey made up the quote?

    The whole article reads like he’s calling on the PTB to launch a war against Iran. Didn’t he help to do that same thing before the Iraq war?

    • Ellen
      October 29, 2014, 3:14 pm

      No you are not. And I think when his “story” came out, this was the immediate impression of many Journalists. The whole exchange was too calculated. And to be honest, I can imagine lots of private name calling when referring to Netty Ya Hoo, but repeating “chickenshit” is not one of them. It rings as a false little taunt. Nothing more.

      And Goldberg is not known for careful or honest journalism, but well, putting his nose in certain places.

      Matt Lee tweeted him a question:

      Jeffrey Goldberg ‏@JeffreyGoldberg Oct 28

      In which a senior administration official tells me that Bibi is a “chickenshit”:
      View summary 0 replies 102 retweets 32 favorites

      Matt Lee ‏@APDiploWriter 24h24 hours ago

      [email protected] Is that the worst you have heard him called?

      @APDiploWriter Nope.

      Matt Lee ‏@APDiploWriter

      [email protected] Aha. I thought not.

      It is a contrived soap opera and the Israeli PM, who takes himself too seriously walked right into the pile of chickenshit created by Goldberg.

      Something is going on.

      • Abierno
        October 29, 2014, 6:19 pm

        The Obama administration defames the Prime Minister of Israel, shortly before a national election in which Democrats and Republicans are neck in neck for senate control . Something is indeed going on. A truly Rovian intervention – by the time the dust clears, the election will be

    • just
      October 29, 2014, 3:31 pm

      I’m sure it was given the good whitehousekeeping stamp of approval.

      • Ellen
        October 29, 2014, 3:49 pm

        just, do you think the Obama Administration trust the tool, Goldberg? Remember, Goldberg was a big cheerleader for the Irak invasion.

        Could be that Goldberg is working hard for someone (or many someones) to urge Israel into attacking Iran — if the US and Europe reach agreements with Iran, Israel will go ballistic.

        It would take an Israeli attack to mess up any agreements with Iran and maintain the status quo Israel is trying to keep in place.

      • just
        October 29, 2014, 4:16 pm

        Israel has failed at provoking Obama to attack Iran & Syria flat- out, unlike they provoked Bushco to attack Iraq.

        Israel never does the ‘heavy lifting’– ever, except for Gaza.

        Obama isn’t going to attack Iran. Israel won’t either. Goldberg cannot make war happen.

      • lysias
        October 29, 2014, 4:20 pm

        Goldberg can’t make war with Iran happen, but Israel and/or elements within the U.S. government can, through a false flag operation that it is politically necessary to blame on Iran, create a situation in which war with Iran cannot be avoided, as a practical political matter.

      • just
        October 29, 2014, 5:13 pm

        I really disagree.

        We actually need Iran– now, more than ever.

    • MRW
      October 30, 2014, 6:51 pm

      Am I the only one who thinks that Jeffrey made up the quote?

      Count me in. Goldberg would never have published it if it were going to damage Netanyahu.

    • samlebon2306
      October 30, 2014, 7:26 pm

      Yep, you’re right. This guy is a warmonger. He showed his true colors in 2002 when he was spewing propaganda lies on Iraq, by linking Saddam to Al Qaeda.

  4. amigo
    October 29, 2014, 2:36 pm

    “Properly composted, chicken manure can be a great addition to your garden soil. Given that you can expect roughly 1 cubic foot of manure per hen every six months, and that chicken manure contains higher levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium than cattle, sheep or horse manure, it would seem a shame to waste such a precious source of nutrients. Left alone, chicken waste should be safe for garden use after about one year.”

    So now we know how Israel made the desert bloom.

    BTW , I always wondered where Israel got it,s Phosphorous, (white) from.

    • Egbert
      October 30, 2014, 9:08 am

      Just 4:16 pm

      “Israel never does the ‘heavy lifting’– ever, except for Gaza.”

      Even there, it doesn’t do the lifting as the US supplies the weapons. Israel just does the heavy dropping.

  5. pabelmont
    October 29, 2014, 2:43 pm

    I cannot imagine Obama using such a word to describe his nemesis. Staffers, OK. But no serious politician would ever forget the “Heimietown” remark of Jesse Jackson and its aftermath . As it turns out, Harry Truman did the same thing:

    Although Truman supported recognition of Israel in 1948, he was known to use anti-Semitic language. In a letter written years before he entered the White House, Truman referred to New York City as “kike town.”

    • bargal20
      October 29, 2014, 6:33 pm

      wait… you think “chickenshit” is anti-Semitic?

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 4:02 pm

        “wait… you think “chickenshit” is anti-Semitic?”

        It can’t be! I know from chickens, and if you want the soup and the scmaltz, the shit comes with.

  6. irishmoses
    October 29, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Actually, another more common meaning of chickenshit is scared, gutless, cowardly:



    1.worthless or contemptible (used as a general term of deprecation):

    “no more chickenshit excuses”



    1.a worthless or contemptible person.

    2.something worthless or petty:

    “names are chickenshit; they didn’t need any names”

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    The best comment of all was that Obama is projecting his own chickenshitedness on Netanyahu. Jerome Slater nailed it in his piece: Obama’s Political Courage

    By contrast, Obama has shown great political courage: ignoring the Israel Lobby, Congress, the Jewish vote, and the probable electoral consequences, he has used his full powers, including open threats to end all U.S. political, diplomatic, economic, and military support of Israel unless it ends the occupation and allows the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

    • Boomer
      October 29, 2014, 8:37 pm

      Re: “Obama has shown great political courage: ignoring the Israel Lobby, Congress, the Jewish vote, and the probable electoral consequences, he has used his full powers, including open threats to end all U.S. political, diplomatic, economic, and military support of Israel unless it ends the occupation and allows the creation of a viable Palestinian state.” –

      That’s how he earned his Nobel Peace Prize.

  7. Annie Robbins
    October 29, 2014, 2:48 pm

    go ahead, ask me if i think the timing of this right before the elections (and smack dab in the face of iran negotiations) is not a ploy to get the WH to be licking everybody’s boots and every member of congress prostrating before israel declaring their everlasting love. JG to the rescue!

    ‘sorry sorry sorry!’

    • Horizontal
      October 29, 2014, 3:30 pm

      Right on, Annie. I think you could be on to something.

      BTW, didn’t Ari Fleischer lose his right to be quoted or be taken seriously for all time?

      • Annie Robbins
        October 29, 2014, 10:33 pm

        not to toot my own horn but take a look see from AP:–politics.html

        Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands for President Barack Obama to repudiate the remarks.


        The incendiary comments come six days before elections with Democrats struggling to hold onto their Senate majority and taking steps to boost voter turnout in typically low-interest midterm contests. The remarks also come against the backdrop of negotiations involving the United States and other Western powers to secure a nuclear agreement with Iran.

        …..[i’m shocked, shocked i tell you]……

        On Capitol Hill, Republicans and some Democrats pounced on the anonymous comments and criticized the administration.

        “When the president discusses Israel and Iran, it is sometimes hard to tell who he thinks is America’s friend and who he thinks is America’s enemy,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “Over the last several months, I have watched the administration insult ally after ally. I am tired of the administration’s apology tour. The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not. It is time for him to get his house in order and tell the people that can’t muster professionalism that it is time to move on.”

        House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said “responsible presidents ensure their advisers work through policy differences with our closest partners respectfully and through the appropriate channels.”

        Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the comments “counterproductive” and “unprofessional.”

        Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., called them “outrageous” and added: “Personal attacks against leaders of allied countries have no place in our foreign policy.”

        Said Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., “Comments like these go right to our fears about the administration, which is seen as treating our friends like enemies and our enemies like friends.”


        Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Lee contributed to this report.

        you don’t say! and yes horizontal Ari Fleischer is a die hard washed up neocon (and infamous tool).

        and didn’t netanyahu&co pull a few fast ones and try to torpedo right before the last election..oh yes he did, and israel’s same lap dogs used the same lines. maybe they think this crap willl get out the vote for the gop and tank the dems. i have no idea.

    • Abierno
      October 29, 2014, 6:23 pm

      or to so antagonize Jewish bloc voters who usually vote Democratic to swing to the Republican side in outrage at the White House’ cavalier treatment of Israel’s prime minister. Again,
      Netanyahu as the victim of conniving, inciting, closet anti-Semites. Where have we heard this before?

    • Sycamores
      October 29, 2014, 10:34 pm

      just look at JG source:
      an unnamed “senior Obama administration official”

  8. Annie Robbins
    October 29, 2014, 2:51 pm

    omg that graphic is to die for!!! that’s gotta be adam .

    • amigo
      October 29, 2014, 3:13 pm

      omg that graphic is to die for!!! that’s gotta be adam ” annie

      It,s brilliant but I wonder if the creator could move it to the centre and lower it so Nietanyahu appears as if he is astride the chicken.One of his hands could be holding on tight to the chickens ear and a whip in the other as he beats the s–t out of the chicken..

    • Kay24
      October 29, 2014, 4:38 pm

      I agree that is a great picture. It shows Will E. Coyote, holding up a chicken.

    • just
      October 29, 2014, 4:39 pm

      It’s priceless. The chicken and Netanyahu appear to be wearing the same expression.

      (what breed is that bird anyway?)

      • Shmuel
        October 29, 2014, 4:44 pm

        what breed is that bird anyway?

        Iranian red?

      • just
        October 29, 2014, 4:50 pm

        Bless you Shmuel! I needed that laugh.

      • Mooser
        October 29, 2014, 5:16 pm

        I think it’s a mature Buff Orpington hen.

      • just
        October 29, 2014, 5:22 pm

        could very well be, Mooser!

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 4:06 pm

        “could very well be, Mooser!”

        I know from chickens. Use to raise them (for eggs and companionship).

      • just
        October 30, 2014, 4:23 pm

        I always wanted to raise chickens for eggsactly the same reasons.

        (You’re so cool)

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 4:36 pm

        “(You’re so cool)”

        Me? I couldn’t lay an egg on a bet. And when I was younger I could never get laid. I’m pretty ordinary.
        What was cool is that chickens were classed as “livestock” in my town, and forbidden for private homeowners (or indeed, renters) to keep. My wife became an activist and convinced the City Council to change the ordinance (with all kinds appropriate safeguards) and allow citizens of Bummertown, in Kidnap County, to keep chickens (up to four, no roosters, setback, suitable coop and hen-house, blah, blah, blah) if they so desire.
        I guess the Council got tired of having their houses egged every week-end.

      • Mooser
        November 5, 2014, 2:12 pm

        Actually, she collected many, many signatures on a petition, and skillfully leveraged the weight of the petition, which had little value in itself, cause you can’t change the law with a petition here. But you can force consideration of a measure by town council at public meeting. In the end the city council decided to change the ordinance. I think if you Google “Bremerton Wa. Chicken Ordinance” or something you will get the story.

    • Horizontal
      October 29, 2014, 4:49 pm

      I don’t think that’s the first time he’s given the UN the bird.

      • just
        October 29, 2014, 4:52 pm

        Thx for that too Horizontal!

  9. Horizontal
    October 29, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Once more, the predicable wheels grind.

    What a fantastic opportunity for Obama to showcase the problem with supporting Israel while they violate their own stated positions regarding the Palestinians. All Obama would have to say is this:

    While I strongly reject the crude language used in the article, it does accurately portray the growing frustration that many in my administration feel over Israeli intransigence, not only regarding the settlements, but on a whole host of issues as well . . .”

    There. That was easy, wasn’t it?

    Remember the speech candidate Obama gave on race that completely turned the issue around, and even quieted some of his critics? Yeah, seems like a long time ago. Since then, Obama’s lost his mojo, big time.

    Now — just like Helen Thomas — the buzz centers on the words used (or word, in this case) and not on the reality of why they were chosen in the first place.

    Walking back from perfectly honest speech is the last thing Obama should be doing now, because this is one relationship in dire need of a crisis.

    • Ellen
      October 29, 2014, 3:24 pm

      Obama is dealing with forces much more powerful and effective that those during his campaign. He is trying to get successful long lasting agreements with Iran. Agreements that would most likely stop nuclear weapon development programs and, most importantly, normalize relations well into the future.

      Israel want’s no agreement at all, and has an almost entire treasonous US Congress bought off to go against the US Administration and interests of the American public.

      A long game is being played. Netanyahu and his co-horts do not know how to play it. Cannot see that normalized relations with Iran is also in Israeli interests. They are worried that the US will have a new and real friend in the ME and the days of their fear-mongering for US dollars will come to an end.

      • Horizontal
        October 29, 2014, 3:45 pm

        Ellen ~

        I see your point and I’m tempted to agree with you, but I can’t quite get myself to do it. He’s the president for god sake, and politics is politics. When congress is against you, you go over their head and speak directly to the American People. Reagan did it a time or two, as I recall.

        I suppose I’m just tired of democrats who don’t stand up for something because of some alleged, far-flung strategy when bubkis is usually the result. Republicans say “I’m gonna do this,” and generally they do it. It’s usually the wrong damn thing, but they don’t seem to spend a lot of time worrying about it.

        I also wonder if Iran not having a nuclear weapon is destabilizing, since Israel seems to feel free to do pretty much as they please in the region. Of course, I’d like to see most all weapons withdrawn from the region, but that’s not even where we’re at, is it?

      • lysias
        October 29, 2014, 4:45 pm

        Horizontal, that’s exactly why Israel so desperately wants Iran not to have nukes.

      • Horizontal
        October 29, 2014, 4:47 pm

        Yup. The party would be over.

  10. American
    October 29, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Number of Israeli troops who fought in Iraq: 0.

    Number of Israeli troops who fought in Afghanistan: 0.

    Number of Israeli planes deployed to Libya no fly zone. 0.

    Number of Israeli troops deploying to fight ISIS: 0.

    Number of Israeli troops deployed to fight Ebola: 0.

    Number of times per year Netanyahu whines about how little the world does for Israel and him: 872.

    Chickenshit and chickenhawk and yellow bellied coward and sniveling lying whiner are all absolutely appropriate for Netanyahu and his cohorts

    • a blah chick
      October 29, 2014, 4:08 pm

      Now, now, he did say he would send people to help look for those kidnapped Nigerian girls!

      BTW did any of those IDF he-men ever show up for that?

    • Kay24
      October 29, 2014, 4:09 pm

      Those words are appropriate for the zio neocons in the Bush WH who sent our kids to die in unnecessary wars too. Israel dominates world policies using the victimization card, and orchestrates it in such a way that other nations does their dirty work for them, especially the US.
      They demand aid, use our weapons, and get non Jews to fight their dirty battles.

    • Horizontal
      October 29, 2014, 4:28 pm

      I think Israel supplies “intelligence” and tortures people for us.

      They can’t send troops because no one there wants to have Israelis anywhere near them on the battlefield carrying guns.

      Everything else you said is 100% right.

    • RoHa
      October 29, 2014, 7:27 pm

      But American, think of the assistance from Israel during the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the confrontation with Indonesia, the Vietnam War. Think of the role they played in dealing with the Mau Mau, EOKA, the Hukbalahap, the break up of Yugoslavia.

      Doesn’t that count?

      • RoHa
        October 29, 2014, 10:45 pm

        And let’s not forget the Israeli operations against the Somali pirates.

  11. Kay24
    October 29, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Nothing says “I am desperate to be President” than an US governor criticizing his Leader and saying he is not doing enough, not for the people of NJ, but for Israelis. I say, Christie is not doing enough for the people of New Jersey. Perhaps Christie should move to Israel, his arrogance and sense of entitlement will do well there.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, accused President Obama of not standing by Israel.

    Obama had not stood “strong and hard for our allies in Israel,” Christie said during an event this weekend honoring Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, according to, a news website for the state of New Jersey.

    Christie in his speech focused on what he said was a lack of foreign policy leadership in the White House.”

    • just
      October 29, 2014, 4:31 pm

      And the Big Chris’ FP bonafides/creds are what again?

      remember back in May when he groveled to King Adelson?

      ‘LAS VEGAS – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Sheldon Adelson in a meeting Saturday for stepping on a fault line in Middle East politics during a speech he gave earlier in the day, according to a source familiar with the conversation.’

    • Horizontal
      October 29, 2014, 4:36 pm

      Somehow or other I had thought of Christie as somehow being that most rare of Republicans, the one in possession of an ounce of brains. I see I was completely wrong.

      Since when did presidential candidates score points by holding allegiance to a toxic foreign country before that of the USA?

      Christie might consider that sometimes leadership consists of not being played by a foreign tin pot bully.

      • just
        October 29, 2014, 4:43 pm

        He was buds with Obama after Hurricane Sandy and endured the wrath of the Repubs.

        He’s now a schmuck with a scandal under his belt.

      • Kay24
        October 29, 2014, 4:46 pm

        Just and Horizontal, don’t you see he has the perfect qualifications to be President? He kisses up to Israel, grovels when he steps out of line and says something that offends the sensitivities of the zionists, and tries to please them. I say, he is the perfect candidate that Israel would want to represent them.

      • Horizontal
        October 29, 2014, 4:57 pm

        Kay, you’re right, but how in the hell did it get like this?

        Eisenhower stood up to both Britain and Israel and the world didn’t end. Now everyone has to kiss Israel’s backside before they can even enter the national stage? I guess people with integrity just don’t run for president anymore.

        I must be getting old, because I can remember a time when it just wasn’t so.

      • Kay24
        October 29, 2014, 6:14 pm

        Horizontal, it is sad indeed. The mere fact that the American people vote for these shameless slaves of zionists, suck up to them, and position themselves to be AIPAC’s recipient of generous campaign donations and help to get voted to various offices, is a sorry state of affairs in this country. The American people and their interests are always secondary to the needs of Israel. I am not going to vote this time, since I cannot find candidates who DON’T show Israel their endless love.

      • Horizontal
        October 29, 2014, 6:24 pm

        I gotta admit that I got all excited about voting for Obama the first time after 8 years of Bush’s lies. Candidate Obama was making all the right noises and seemed like someone who was going to make the changes that this country needed.

        Well, you know how that turned out, and we’re not likely to get someone to the left of Obama regarding Israel, and look at how complacent he is at holding their feet to the fire. So it’s a lost cause, no matter who gets in there.

        Now we’re all supposed to get excited by Hillary. Yuck.

        I think we’re going to have to wait 20 years before a viable “anti-Israel” mainstream candidate emerges; till then, change is going to have to come from the bottom up.

  12. Shmuel
    October 29, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Who’s the “senior” chickenshit who expresses his learned and well-positioned assessment of the Israeli PM and the policies pursued by his government — by opening an anonymous pottymouth to Jeffrey Goldberg?

    • lysias
      October 29, 2014, 4:21 pm

      Given the White House reaction, I strongly suspect the unnamed source was Biden.

      • Horizontal
        October 29, 2014, 4:39 pm

        If true, then his stock just went up in my eyes, although truth be told, it was pretty much hovering around zero.

      • Rusty Pipes
        October 29, 2014, 8:24 pm

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden held that and many other unflattering views of Netanyahu. I just wouldn’t expect him to air them to Goldberg. Biden may make more than his share of odd public statements, but he’s a savvy politician. After all, he’s highly valued by a man he praised faintly as “clean and articulate.”

    • Mooser
      October 29, 2014, 7:50 pm

      I think I read “chicken shit” was used in reference to something, a plan, position, not as a desription of Netanyahoo, and Goldberg is just pooting gas on the fire.

    • NickJOCW
      October 29, 2014, 8:16 pm

      The pejorative is authoritative and dismissive and could only come from someone to whom the word comes easily. Look for someone ‘senior’ who talks in that off the cuff, speak first think later, way. Biden is certainly a candidate. In which case it was likely the spontaneous expression of a more general view that many hold but avoid expressing openly. Anyway the comment has taken flight, will get a thumbs up and a smile all round, and no amount ofapology will get it back in its cage.

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 4:10 pm

        That is precisely the reason I avoid coarse language, using it only under the most egregious of provocations.

  13. bryan
    October 29, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Call me old-fashioned but I don’t approve of vacuous name-calling – the English Language is so rich in meaningful adjectives, but chickenshit, (worthless or contemptible) does not convey a great deal of information. “recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery” are somewhat better – especially Aspergery which I have not come across before. However what’s wrong with arrogant, bullying, criminal, duplicitous, egotistical, fulminating, gangsterish, half-baked, ill-tempered jobbernowl, killer, lawless, mendacious, noxious, occupier, paranoid, quarrelsome, ridiculous, self-important, tendentious, unctuous, vengeful, wrong-headed, xtremely unpleasant, yammering, zealot. If Mondoweiss had a poll facility we could ask what one word sums the man up – I’d opt for deceitful.

    • Horizontal
      October 29, 2014, 4:46 pm

      Disagree, bryan ~

      While all those words you listed describe Bibi well, sometimes street language conveys the meaning perfectly. You have to remember, after 60 years of criticism with very little results, chickenshit was probably the only word left.

      • American
        October 29, 2014, 5:04 pm

        I agree…..time to progress beyond ‘not helpful and ‘valued ally’ and ‘disagreement’ and all the other bs our leaders churn out.

        So I like chickenshit…I encourage more street language to stir the zio pot even more, create even more public flaps and spats

        One commenter told me its not ‘smart ‘ to ‘ mouth off’…….well yea it is because it cause the zios to mouth off even more.

        Listen mouthing off is one of the few tools we have and we are in a ‘mouthing off’ vr zio political money battle.

      • Horizontal
        October 29, 2014, 6:15 pm

        American ~

        I agree that some sort of coarse language could be used in order to break through the stilted language of diplomacy where murdering children in a hospital morphs into “heartbreaking collateral damage.” Naturally, the conversation shouldn’t stay there, but it could shock the system into starting something more meaningful.

        Listening to a bunch of bland State Department pressers is enough to make anyone want to scream a string of very colorful four letter words.

  14. gracie fr
    October 29, 2014, 5:24 pm

    …..Sh°t storm a welcome bit of comic relief and crafty bit of truthful biography from an unlikely source, nevertheless the situation in Israel remains preoccupying……

    • just
      October 30, 2014, 1:21 am

      Thanks again for that, gracie.

      I just saw this:

      “Belal Dabour – Gaza @Belalmd12 · 6h 6 hours ago

      Alaqsa mosque has just been announced by the Israeli police to be “closed for Muslims until further notice!” This will not go well.”


      “MK Moshe Feiglin, who has incited for genocide of Palestinians, calls for mass demo at Al Aqsa at 8 AM: …”

      Frightening times.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 30, 2014, 2:48 am


      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 8:05 pm

        “Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.” (These are verbatim descriptions; I keep a running list.)”

        Of course, the context in which those pejoratives are used, and the reasons why strong language is resorted to, Goldberg has forgotten. Of that he keeps no “running list.”

  15. jayn0t
    October 29, 2014, 5:34 pm

    It’s worth noting that by calling Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’, the State Department is criticizing Israel for not being aggressive enough toward Iran. In other words, it’s a dispute within Zionism about how to defend Israeli supremacy.

    • Mooser
      October 30, 2014, 4:14 pm

      “It’s worth noting that by calling Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’, the State Department is criticizing Israel for not being aggressive enough toward Iran.”

      “The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said,”

      • jayn0t
        October 30, 2014, 10:19 pm

        Mooser – that’s just an ‘official’ saying it’s a ‘good’ thing Netanyahu is scared to launch wars. In any case, when the USA criticizes Israel for launching a war, it’s because it thinks a war is against Zionist interests. Since this story blew up, the US secretary of defense – supposedly one of the most powerful men in the world – has had to apologize for his officials’ honesty. Almost all American politicians suck. What they suck, I can’t really say on a family-friendly site like this.

      • Mooser
        October 31, 2014, 11:02 am

        “Mooser – that’s just an ‘official’ saying it’s a ‘good’ thing Netanyahu is scared to launch wars”

        Yes, it is, isn’t it? Can’t deny that, I wouldn’t even try.

  16. JLewisDickerson
    October 29, 2014, 6:29 pm

    RE: “Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with ‘chickensh*t’ quote”

    MY COMMENT: In times like these I especially regret not having had the advantage of ‘state of the art’ toilet training in my youth.

    • JLewisDickerson
      October 29, 2014, 11:31 pm

      P.S. Personally, I see Netanyahu more as a bullsh*tter than a chickensh*t, but admittedly I’m no expert in these matters.

  17. Kay24
    October 29, 2014, 6:43 pm

    Well what do you know Bill Plant on CBS is just covering the chickenshit incident. He mentioned that Susan Rice is meeting her Israeli counterpart today, and that it would be awkward. He ended his report by saying the White House has no plans to find out who said it, or punish them. Heh. Love this.

  18. biorabbi
    October 29, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Phil, not to malign the courage or integrity of President Obama(the holy one), but why do anonymous Obama administration officials hide while calling Bibi chickenshit? Just saying.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 29, 2014, 10:07 pm

      allegedly calling netanyahu a chickenshit.

      • biorabbi
        October 29, 2014, 10:23 pm

        Annie, you clearly think negatively of Netanyahu. Goldberg is on record as a longstanding mouthpiece/toadie of the Obama administration…not just on deep background… check out Goldberg’s background with Obama. He has interviewed Obama on NUMEROUS times, has always taken Obama’s side in each and every case. He’s an Obama sycophant.

        Even the state department ditz today denied that Obama/Kerry was a [email protected], but she DID NOT deny Goldberg’s sourcing.

        Annie, don’t get me wrong. I cannot stand Goldberg, but nobody has every denied his contacts in the Obama orbit.

      • Shingo
        October 29, 2014, 10:37 pm

        Goldberg is on record as a longstanding mouthpiece/toadie of the Obama administration

        He’s also on record as a longstanding mouthpiece/toadie of Netanyahu.

        He has interviewed Obama on NUMEROUS times, has always taken Obama’s side in each and every case.

        On the contrary, he’s a pro Israeli hack. He’s an Israeli sycophant.

      • just
        October 30, 2014, 12:45 am

        bingo, Shingo!!!

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 4:21 pm

        “allegedly calling netanyahu a chickenshit.”

        “Annie, you clearly think negatively of Netanyahu.”

        I’m afraid he’s right, Annie. If you didn’t “think negatively” of Netanyahoo, you would never, ever doubt that anybody called him “chickenshit”!

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 4:42 pm

        Wait a minute, Biorabbi, I’m confused. Is there some reason why Annie shouldn’t have a “negative” attitude towards Netanyahu?

  19. American
    October 29, 2014, 6:56 pm

    ut oh ….I have wondered why after all the assassinations Isr has done on their enemies no one has done the same to them.
    I assumed it was because no one could get to them.

    For all we know however this whole story could be another Isr false flag and lie so they can crack down even more on Israeli Arabs. Glick could be lying in the hospital eating pie while getting a fake scar tattooed on his tummy.

    Prominent U.S.-born right-wing activist seriously wounded in Jerusalem shooting
    Likud MK Feiglin says gunman was Arab man who deliberately targeted Yehuda Glick, an advocate for greater Jewish access to Temple Mount

  20. just
    October 29, 2014, 6:56 pm

    The picture up top is sooo much better and worthy of top billing than that of the grinning IOF goon-thugs!

    Can you replace this with that photo?


  21. Daniel Rich
    October 29, 2014, 7:06 pm

    Netanyahoo defends himself, bc he would never dare to attack anyone…

    Netanyahu defends himself after published attack.

    Being such an innocent man must be quite a bourbon burden…

  22. RoHa
    October 29, 2014, 7:08 pm

    But didn’t Israel invent chickens?
    Or at least the shit.

  23. Shingo
    October 29, 2014, 7:50 pm

    While this is amusing and all, I find this pretty hypocritical if it is even true. After all, chickenshit -with respect to Israel – would very well describe every presidential administration since Israel was created, Obama included.

    • lobewyper
      October 29, 2014, 8:28 pm

      @ Shingo

      What about this authored today by Jerry Slater?

      “By contrast, Obama has shown great political courage: ignoring the Israel Lobby, Congress, the Jewish vote, and the probable electoral consequences, he has used his full powers, including open threats to end all U.S. political, diplomatic, economic, and military support of Israel unless it ends the occupation and allows the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

      “As anyone with any understanding of the realities knows, such steps are the only way to end Israeli intransigence, do justice to the Palestinians, reduce the Islamic terrorist threat to the U.S., and save Israel from itself. Kudos to Obama for understanding this, acting on that understanding, and courageously disregarding the U.S domestic politics of the issue.”

      • Shingo
        October 29, 2014, 8:49 pm

        What about this authored today by Jerry Slater?

        I take it Slater was being sarcastic.

      • irishmoses
        October 30, 2014, 12:56 am

        Spot on sarcasm. As I said earlier, Obama is projecting his own chickenshitedness onto Netanyahu. Obama’s craven gutlessness on I-P is far more offensive to me than Netanyahu ever will be.

        As Jerry implies, Obama has always had the tools available to slap down a third rate politician from a largely insignificant country that is doing immense harm to our country. It was clear from early on that he lacks the cojones to use the power waiting at his fingertips. Could have been a great president but will end up being seen as mediocre at best. What a shame.

        Wouldn’t it be great if Obama would resign and give Biden a shot for the next two years? Biden has cojones and could be a great one which would keep the feckless Hilary on the sidelines.

        I dream.

      • Mooser
        October 30, 2014, 4:24 pm

        “As anyone with any understanding of the realities knows, such steps are the only way to end Israeli intransigence,”

        And it may not even take all of those things, only some of them, or, indeed, just some credible intentions perceived that the US may do them. So let’s give one or two a try for a start.

  24. David Doppler
    October 29, 2014, 7:51 pm

    If Naftali Bennett believes what he says, that Netanyahu is “leader of the Jewish state and the Jewish world,” (a tired conflation) then he should consider that now may be a good time to find a new leader, because this one is a laughingstock.

    The “coward” quote, however, isn’t funny, although it’s ironic coming from an anonymous source afraid to say something on the record. “Afraid to go to war” with Iran – without cause and without prospects for avoiding total calamity – isn’t really a criticism, but it is school-yard name-calling designed to provoke violence or rage.

    Quoting anonymous name-calling should disqualify both source and reporter (and publication) from being considered “elite” in any way.

  25. Rusty Pipes
    October 29, 2014, 8:16 pm

    First off, I can imagine the White House leaking to Thomas Friedman. But Reserve Corporal Goldberg? Hardly. In addition, a former Republican spokesman is not the most reliable source for how things work in the Obama administration.

    On the other hand, even though Dennis Ross is long gone from the State Department, there are still enough neocons on staff who appear to be itching to enact the rest of the PNAC agenda that Goldberg could easily find at least a couple of them who think that Bibi is cowardly for not attacking Iran yet. But then they usually reserve such colorful, disparaging language for folks like the EU, not the “unhelpful” Netanyahu.

    • Rusty Pipes
      October 29, 2014, 11:21 pm

      The White House has just issued the following disclaimer (I paraphrase):

      “Benjamin Netanyahu is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

  26. Boomer
    October 29, 2014, 10:09 pm

    A bit of gossip sets tongues a flutter, but it isn’t a big deal, says Joshua Keating.

  27. Nevada Ned
    October 29, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Lots of speculation, few facts.

    First of all, it’s entirely plausible that US officials find Netanyahu very difficult to deal with. Obama himself said something along those lines when Obama mistakenly thought his microphone was turned off.

    Jeffrey Goldberg undoubtedly wrote what he did in order to accomplish something. Lots of speculation about what that was.

    By taunting Netanyahu as a chickenshit, afraid of starting a war with Iran (which actually accuses Netanyahu of having uncharacteristically good judgement. because Iran could do a lot of damage to Israel). Goldberg was perhaps hoping to provoke Netanyahu into attacking Iran. That was perhaps the motive.

    Goldberg may have been acting as stenographer for attacks on Netanyahu from those Israelis who are even farther on the right than Netanyahu himself – Bennett for example.

    For an outsider,

  28. Annie Robbins
    October 29, 2014, 10:50 pm

    here’s the urban dictionary definition in case anyone is interested

    chicken shit
    Coward… Cowardly… Wimp… Wimpy
    That punk won’t fight because he’s a little chicken shit

    • just
      October 29, 2014, 11:08 pm

      thanks Annie.

      I can think of many more accurate words to describe the odious PM.

      He isn’t a c/s when it comes to hurting/slaughtering Palestinians or stealing more of their land. If it was used as a taunt to make him launch strikes on others, it was a dumb one. If it was used in the article by some unknown agent with an agenda via Goldberg to incite folks for the midterms, I honestly don’t think it will really work with the average voter who cares about many other things………it will generate ‘noise’ on the Sunday circuit, but that’s about it.

      it was fun while it lasted, though.

  29. undertoad
    October 29, 2014, 11:12 pm

    After years of lurking, the picture of Bibi holding up his self-portrait made me register at this site.

  30. lobewyper
    October 29, 2014, 11:20 pm


    Yeah, you’re right. (I don’t get sarcasm particularly well.)

  31. JLewisDickerson
    October 30, 2014, 12:45 am

    RE: “We hate giving Jeffrey Goldberg credit, but he’s done it again . . . This time he got a senior Obama official to call Benjamin Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’.”

    MY COMMENT: I dub thee “The Chickensh*t Chronicles”! ! !

  32. biorabbi
    October 30, 2014, 1:20 am

    Again, calling someone a dufas or a coward behind the cloak of secrecy is acting like a coward. Am I missing something.

    The Israeli rumor is it’s Ben Rhoades. Can’t Obama or his flunkies just be men and call out Bibi. He has to use some press flunkie like Goldberg or state department hostess spokeswoman with air behind her ears to insult Bibi. I’m sure Bibi’s shaking. Especially after the GOP cleans his clock.

    • Shingo
      October 30, 2014, 4:39 pm

      Can’t Obama or his flunkies just be men and call out Bibi.

      Can’t Bibbi or his flunkies just be men and face the music at the UN and ICC rather than hide behind the U.S. veto?

      I’m sure Bibi’s shaking. Especially after the GOP cleans his clock.

      Do you honesty think this will not come back to bite Bibi if he tries to rally the GOP against Obama?

    • Mooser
      October 30, 2014, 5:32 pm

      Gosh, biorabbi, the possibility that Goldberg got it wrong, or more likely, is misreporting something? After all, “chickenshit” is a term which is easily and appropriately applicable to veritable host of things when discussing Israel, nobody disputes that?

      And if this anonymous high official did describe Netanyahoo as, literally ‘a chickenshit’, what of it?
      It certainly doesn’t please me, but coarse language, scatological descriptors, mother-oaths, taking the name of the very name of God in vain, vane and vein!

    • Mooser
      October 31, 2014, 11:09 am

      “Again, calling someone a dufas or a coward behind the cloak of secrecy is acting like a coward. Am I missing something.”

      Heck, yes! Most of it, judged by your opening sentence.

  33. 666
    October 30, 2014, 1:51 am

    Chickenshit and shooting of right wing settler next day

    • Mooser
      October 30, 2014, 5:34 pm

      “Chickenshit and shooting of right wing settler next day”

      Obama is a murderer! Benghazi!

      • just
        October 30, 2014, 11:13 pm

        Benghazi is sooooo yesterday.

        Until after the midterms…

        ( Hillary, puh- leeze stay home and be happy with your grandchild!)

  34. Robert P
    October 30, 2014, 9:16 am

    Why did the Israeli chicken cross the road?

    To occupy the other side!

  35. Algodon
    October 30, 2014, 11:02 am

    Colorful administration language about Netanyahu pales in comparison to the possible withdrawal of “cover” for Israel at the UN.

  36. Nevada Ned
    October 31, 2014, 12:25 am

    Off Topic, but here goes;

    Al Jazeera runs a story about the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.


    Most Americans undoubtedly never heard of it.

    Why is Yahoo picking up the story? (And will the NYT cover it?)

    My interpretation: the US is telling Israel who is the senior partner and who is the junior partner. The US move may be retaliation for Israel cancelling purchase of US Osprey warplanes. (Alternative: the US cancelled the sale and both countries saved face by making it look like an Israeli initiative.)

    Can we look forward to stories in the US mainstream media about Jonathan Pollard and other Israeli spies?

  37. Taxi
    November 1, 2014, 1:06 am

    If chickshit israel premtively attacks Iran, the whole of the mideast will rise up in a regional war. And if we Americans are forced by the traitors in congress to pick up the bill and spill our blood in defence of israel, this will undoubtadly lead to a world war with the use of nukes.

    So the question here for Americans is: are we nuts to vote in slaves of aipac who want to kill millions of innocents just to save their desk jobs?

  38. Mooser
    November 3, 2014, 2:09 pm

    I think I can clean up this entire imbroglio! (And if you’ve ever gotten imbroglio on your shirt, you know how difficult that can be)

    Anyway, I have engaged the services of a super-computer to translate Netanyahoo’s reply to the “chickenshit” comments!

    Ah, it’s coming out of the printer now. Let’s see what it says:

    There once was a man from Nantucket…

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