The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s refusal to deny the White House is considering sanctions against Israel is “absurd and it’s embarrassing.”

Hayes, a senior writer and Fox News contributor, said of the White House briefing Friday, “Honestly, I think this is one of the most embarrassing ten seconds of video the Obama administration is going to have to answer for.”

Pressed several times by Fox News’ Ed Henry, Earnest left the door open for potential sanctions against its ally, Israel. Meanwhile, the administration has refused to consider additional sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

Hayes expressed disbelief at the situation.

“The levels of idiocy on this, I think, are befuddling,” he said.