U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday suggested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “interference” in U.S. internal affairs may be an unprecedented act ever undertaken by a leader of an allied country.
In an interview with CNN, scheduled to be aired on Sunday, host Fareed Zakaria asked Obama whether it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair” to the extent Netanyahu has done in his campaign against the Iran nuclear deal.
“I.. I will let you ask Prime Minister Netanyahu that question, if he gives you an interview,” Obama first responded. But he added, sorta stuttering, “I don’t recall a similar example.. um..”
The president went on to say that the Israeli premier is wrong, since the deal is good for Israel. “Obviously, the relations between the U.S. and Israel is deep; it is profound, and it is reflected in my policies. But on the substance, the prime minister is wrong,” he implored. “And I think I can show that the basic assumptions that 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, then that’s not just good for the United States, that is very good for Israel.”