It has been noted that a report from Politico on Sunday revealed that President Joe Biden privately said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “bad f***ing guy.”
Politico’s Jonathan Martin wrote a Sunday column that outlined how U.S. support for Israel amid the Gaza conflict with Hamas is costing Biden millions of votes with young liberals in the upcoming 2024 general election.
The columnist then revealed that unnamed sources have told him Biden is “deeply suspicious” of Netanyahu and has referred to him as a “bad fucking guy” in private. The White House firmly denied this statement after the Sunday column was published.
“The president did not say that, nor would he,” Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates told Politico, adding Biden and Netanyahu have “a decades-long relationship that is respectful in public and in private.”
Martin then claimed Biden is afraid that Netanyahu is looking to drag the U.S. into a wider war in the Middle East that will ensure Israel receives American weaponry and consistent financial aid.
Biden’s deep-seated fear: that Netanyahu is eager to drag the U.S. into a wider war in the Middle East, a conflict that would ensure American weapons keep flowing to the region, troops soon follow and, in the maelstrom, international pressure on him to agree to a Gaza cease-fire and his domestic political difficulties both dissipate.
Moreover, the column suggests Biden is signaling to pro-Palestinian activists that he understands their complaints. Earlier this week, the president spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast where he spoke out against hate crimes and discrimination against Arab Americans while noting his sympathizes for those “held hostage or under bombardment or displaced.”