Was one of America's most respected news personalities taunting the prime minister of Israel on Twitter over his failed efforts to derail the Iran nuclear agreement?Gwen Ifill, the veteran PBS news anchor, has come under fire on social media for tweeting "Take that, Bibi" while attaching a link to a White House-sanctioned Twitter handle aimed at lobbying the public on the merits of the nuclear agreement.The retweet included an illustration of a cartoon bomb similar to the drawing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used during a speech to the UN General Assembly.
In a subsequent tweet responding to angry pro-Israel activists, Ifill denied that she intended to criticize Netanyahu. Instead, she said, her tweet was a paraphrasing of the Obama administration's arguments.
Take that, Bibi. https://t.co/V9Gn9vP6xN— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015
With the #IranDeal, Iran's program is significantly less dangerous. This is what that famous drawing looks like now: pic.twitter.com/ZsOy3Il4S7— The Iran Deal (@TheIranDeal) September 2, 2015
Fair question @ActForIsrael : I was RT'ing a @TheIranDeal tweet. Should have been clearer that it was their argument, not mine.— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015