There has been muted hope in Israel that no matter who wins the upcoming US presidential election, the result will surely be healthier relations that those with the Obama White House.
But the latest publication of emails written by Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State suggests, again, that should she win, the present hostility from Washington toward the Netanyahu government could persist.
The email that most caught Israel’s attention was a transcript of a telephone conversation between Clinton and Netanyahu. The subject line reads “Very rough,” but after the initial greetings, the entire conversation is redacted and marked as classified.
Another email references the ouster of former Israeli National Security Adviser Uzi Arad, and his claims in the Hebrew press that he was forced out amid allegations that he had leaked sensitive information to foreign powers.
Apparently eager to give Netanyahu a black eye, Clinton instructed one of her aides: “You should get whole, translated article. US press should report asap.”
The aide noted to Clinton that Netanyahu had attempted to sweep the story under the rug with “a story published by the Jerusalem Post, right-wing Likud organ,” before exclaiming, “Holy Moly! What more can you find out about this and why Arad had to resign?”
Previous dumps from Clinton’s email server revealed that she views Netanyahu as a schemer against the Obama Administration, and that she was on board with a plan to shame Israel into accepting a Palestinian state on Arab terms.