Sunday, August 7, 2016

Netanyahu surprised by Defense Ministry's criticism of Obama

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu learned about the Defense Ministry's statement that criticized U.S. President Barack Obama from the media, his aide told U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Friday, according to Haaretz.

The newspaper reported that a senior aide to Netanyahu called Shapiro on Friday night and told him that Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman did not coordinate the statement with the prime minister and did not brief him on it.

In the unusual statement released on Friday afternoon, the Defense Ministry rejected Obama's claim from a day earlier that Israeli officials believe the nuclear deal with Iran has improved security in the "The Israeli defense establishment believes that agreements have value only if they are based on the existing realities, and have no value if the facts on the ground are completely opposite of those upon which the agreement rests," the statement read. READ MORE