Skip To Content
Breaking News

#DiplomacyFail – Israeli Politician Tweets at POTUS

It’s only been a day since President Obama launched the @POTUS twitter handle, and already Israeli government officials are using it as just another platform to help worsen their already fraught relationship with the current US government.

Just look at the following tweet from a Netanyahu cabinet member:

Image by Twitter

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Israel’s new minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel. He is the number two of Israel’s Jewish Home party and the head of the party’s Tkuma faction. And his new hobby is apparently, trolling Barrack Obama on social media. #DiplomacyFail much?

On Jerusalem day, Netanyahu told the Knesset that he intends to keep Jerusalem “united under Israeli authority” and that he wants to continue building in Jerusalem, including in Arab neighborhoods.

Netanyahu also denied the construction was a snub at the international community. “We are building is Jerusalem like they build in Washington, London, Paris and Rome”. Maybe Ariel should’ve tweeted that at POTUS. Or maybe @Netanyahu himself can do the honors.

Just be careful, everything you tweet @POTUS lives in an official White House Archive for eternity.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.