Kerry Dings Netanyahu as Palin Sells 'Bibi' T-Shirts
'I Stand With Bibi' T-shirts, to be exact
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2015 7:23 AM CST
Sarah Palin spoke at the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute's program "How Women Are Showing 21st-Century Leadership" at the Wagner Noel in Midland, Texas, Feb. 12, 2015.   (AP Photo/Odessa American, Courtney Sacco)

(Newser) – As Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress looms next week, John Kerry and Sarah Palin are taking very different approaches. Kerry, coming off of the latest Iran nuclear talks in Geneva, has "questioned" the PM's "judgment," the BBC reports ... while Palin is selling T-shirts touting "Bibi." The details:

  • Netanyahu, who opposes the nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran, gave a campaign speech in Israel yesterday in which he said that the US and other nations are "accepting that Iran will gradually, within a few years, develop capabilities to produce material for many nuclear weapons" and are "giving up" on any attempt to prevent that inevitability. That's what Kerry took issue with: He said Netanyahu "may not be correct," and added that President Obama has made it clear the US does not want Iran to get nuclear weapons. He also pointed out that Netanyahu supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, "and we all know what happened with that decision."

  • Meanwhile, Palin's PAC has started selling T-shirts proclaiming, "I Stand With Bibi," the New York Times reports. (Get yours for $35.) It's just one example, the Times notes, of Republicans painting Democrats as unsupportive of Israel. "Obama and the Democrats refuse to stand with Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu," reads her email to supporters. "Will you?"
The Times notes that the "depth of the frustration" between Obama and Netanyahu could lead to long-term consequences—including "possibly fracturing America's tradition of bipartisan support for Israel." Netanyahu, for example, rejected an invitation from Senate Democrats to meet with them separately while he's in DC (though an Israeli official says he also declined to meet separately with Republicans), while the administration had not—as of yesterday afternoon—said whether it was sending anyone to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference that starts in DC Sunday.