Israeli ambassador to U.S. takes flak for acting like a political operative

He’s a political operative, he’s not really an ambassador… What he did was totally unacceptable from a standpoint of diplomacy. To think about going behind the back of a friendly country’s administration and working out this kind of arrangement with the parliament or the Congress — it’s unheard-of.

— Daniel C. Kurtzer, a former United States ambassador to Israel, criticizing Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer for ignoring diplomatic protocol when he made arrangements with John Boehner to allow his boss, Benjamin Netanyahu, to address a joint session in Congress.