Sunday, August 9, 2015

Obama In CNN Interview: Benjamin Netanyahu Only Foreign Leader ‘I Can Recall’ Forcibly Interfering In US Policy

President Barack Obama charged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the only foreign leader he could recall who had forcibly interfered in a foreign policy debate in Washington.
He spoke about Netanyahu in an interview that he gave to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Thursday about the Iran deal, which will be aired in full on Sunday night.
In a clip released ahead of the interview, Zakaria asked Obama a question about Netanyahu’s stiff opposition to the deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program that was worked out between Tehran and the six world powers; the US, Russia, China, France, Great Britain and Germany.
Congress is expected to vote on the deal by September 17. Netanyahu has mounted a public campaign against the deal which he believes is a historic mistake because it legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program and leaves it with the ability to produce atomic weapons.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu has injected himself forcefully into this debate on American foreign policy in Washington. Can you recall a time when a foreign head of government has done that. Is it appropriate for a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American debate,” Zakaria asked.
Obama responded, “I do not recall a similar example.”
He added: “Obviously the relationship between the US and Israel is deep. It is profound. It is reflected in my policies. But as I said in the speech yesterday on the substance, the prime minister is wrong on this. 
“I can show that basic assumptions he has made are incorrect. If in fact my argument is right, that this is the best way for Iran not to get a nuclear weapon, that is not just good for the United States, that is very good for Israel.”
In a major speech Obama delivered on the Iran deal he singled out Netanyahu, when he spoke about opposition to the deal.
“I recognize that prime minister Netanyahu disagrees, disagrees strongly. I do not doubt his sincerity, but I believe he is wrong. I believe the facts support this deal. I believe they are in America’s interests and Israel’s interests, and as president of the United States it would be an abrogation of my constitutional duty to act against my best judgment simply because it causes temporary friction with a dear friend and ally,” Obama said.
“I do not believe that would be the right thing to do for the United States, I do not believe it would be the right thing to do for Israel,” he said.


Anonymous said...

Zakaria who is another Muslim like Obama was asking him a loaded question.

All kinds of foreign leaders have tried to interfere in domestic politics but Congress did not listen to them because they are despots & dictators speaking nonsense. They are listening to Bibi because he makes sense.

Anonymous said...

New Hampshire Senator Shaheen backing Obama is no surprise since Shaheen is an Arab name.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen an America president inject himself into israeli politics? Where they can build houses? Who take make peace with? What lands should be given away? What is considered restraint?