WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today issued the following statement regarding the appalling comments made by senior Obama Administration officials deriding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

“It is offensive that senior officials within the Obama Administration would make such inappropriate comments about a foreign leader, let alone Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, our strongest ally and most trusted friend in the region. President Obama needs to repudiate any derogatory comments made by his Administration officials toward Israel’s Prime Minister, and quickly take steps to hold anyone accountable within the White House who would make such reckless statements,” Rep. Scalise said. 

“At a time when Israel continues to face serious threats from terrorists, as well as actions from within the United Nations that could undermine a mutually negotiated two-state solution, these reckless insults against the prime minister add to the concerns about the Administration’s fraying relationship with Israel. Congress, however, remains united in strong support of our friendship and strategic alliance with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel.”