Thursday, March 10, 2016

Revealed: Obama attacked Netanyahu for being 'condescending'

Details of a tense meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have been revealed for the first time, shedding further light on the fraught relationship between the two leaders.

Tensions between the two leaders over major policies, from the peace process with the Palestinian Authority to the nuclear deal with Iran and beyond, have been a feature of their relationship since Obama took office - as have the occasional displays of apparent personal dislike.

But in an interview with veteran American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, Obama described one particularly charged meeting in which Netanyahu "launched into something of a lecture about the dangers of the brutal region in which he lives," i.e. the Middle East.

Obama said he felt Netanyahu was being condescending towards him, and responded: "Bibi, you have to understand something. I’m the African American son of a single mother, and I live here, in this house. I live in the White House. I managed to get elected president of the United States. You think I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I do." (READ MORE)