Fox News “liberal,” Greta Van Susteren landed a lengthy interview with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and he sounded more supportive of the United States than she did about President Obama’s recent discussion with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and the likelihood of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. In fact, Van Susteren made several obvious attempts to get Netanyahu to criticize U.S. policy.
It was shocking enough that Van Susteren would be trash talking the country in a televised discussion with a foreign leader. It’s surely the kind of behavior everyone at Fox News would be up in arms about had it been an NBC reporter talking about George W. Bush. But even worse was the fact that Van Susteren was obviously goosing Netanyahu to join her in the fault-finding.
In Part 2 of the interview which aired October 3, Van Susteren asked Netanyahu about his address at the U.N.
I suspected that the day before, President Obama was not as strong and that he thought that maybe there was some way that Iran could keep some enrichment capabilities, whether it’s for energy or for medical, or whatever. …I suspected that’s why you were so forceful the next day in saying Israel will go alone.
Netanyahu obviously didn't want to go there. He immediately pointed out that President Obama has said he will not give up a military option to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.
So Van Susteren tried again, complaining that, essentially, the administration has done nothing while Iran has had “15 months more to do whatever they want. We’re at the same spot.” Netanyahu sounded tough on Iran but, he said, “If we can get a peaceful agreement that is a true deal, a complete dismantling… fine.”
So Van Susteren tried again. This time, she said the Obama administration “is impressed” with Rouhani “in some small way even though it wants to have things verified.” Referencing the old “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” adage, Van Susteren added, “It seems that …we’re going towards the ‘fool me twice.”’
Again, Netanyahu deflected the implied criticism. He said, “Look, I think, I think people are more careful than that and I was impressed with the fact the president wants a real cessation of the program and a real dismantling of the program. …I think the Iranians think they can get away with it, I don’t think they can. …I think people are smarter in Washington than you’d think.”