JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected a description of U.S. President Barack Obama as Israel’s “greatest disaster” — a phrase a best-selling newspaper attributed to an anonymous confidant of Israel’s leader.
Besides defending Obama, Netanyahu tried to play down tension with Washington over Israeli settlement policy on occupied land in and near Jerusalem, telling his cabinet that Israel and the United States were “allies and friends.”
David Axelrod, a senior Obama adviser, also tried to smooth over the friction, citing a “deep, abiding interest” in Israel’s security and denying the president had intended to slight Netanyahu at low-profile White House talks on Tuesday.
There was no sign of a quick resolution of the settlement dispute with Washington that flared when Israel announced plans during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden three weeks ago to build 1,600 homes for Jews in East Jerusalem.
The United States is seeking unspecified goodwill gestures from Israel toward the Palestinians, who have refused to return to peace talks so long as settlement housing construction continues in occupied territory they want for a future state.
“We’ve got a real problem. You could say that Obama is the greatest disaster for Israel — a strategic disaster,” the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot quoted an unidentified Netanyahu confidant as saying.
Yes! Go Obama. Netanyahu is butthurt as hell. Make him cry in his bed, which probably has the mattress made out of Palestinians blood. Together the country can wake up and stop being such a dick.