Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apologies and retractions have had seemingly little impact on the White House, which continued to hold him to his words.
Spokesperson Josh Earnest called the Israeli leader’s latest retraction — on Israeli Arabs voting in droves — “appropriate” but said it had no policy implications.
He said that “the need to reevaluate US policy is actually predicated on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments about his position on a two-state solution".
In the run-up to the recently concluded election Netanyahu had said, with an eye on Israeli hardline voters, there was no possibility of a Palestinian state on his watch.
In another comment with the same constituency in mind, Netanyahu warned of droves of Israeli Arabs voters. He won the elections, and a third term as prime minister.
But the US reacted angrily to both comments, saying it would need to re-evaluate its policy regarding the region. President Barack Obama reiterated that in an interview.
The Israeli Prime Minister retracted his statehood comment, saying he supports a two-state solution, and rendered an outright apology for his remarks about Israeli Arabs.
But the White House is not buying, not yet.