Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described President Obama as “arrogant and presumptuous” for reportedly claiming to have a better understanding of that country’s best interests than Prime Minister Netanyahu.
“I would say that’s an arrogant and presumptuous point of view,” Paul told reporters on a conference call today when asked, per Slate, to respond to Obama’s comment that “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.”
Paul, who just returned from a trip to Israel, followed with a more general statement. “[I]t’s not American politicians’ business to be dictating the answers,” he said. “I think it’s just presumptuous and arrogant of us to think, well, we’re going to go down to a roadmap of Jerusalem and decide where the neighborhoods can be expanded?”
Netanyahu brushed off Obama’s comments in language similar Paul’s. “I think everyone understands that only Israel’s citizens will be the ones to determine who faithfully represents Israel’s vital interests,” he said in response to Obama, as the Jerusalem Post reports. “Over the last four years we stood up against strong pressure, and I will continue to do so for Israel’s security.”