Israel Political Brief January 14, 2013: Jeffrey Goldberg: President Barack Obama on PM Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘Israel Doesn’t Know What Its Own Best Interests Are’

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Obama: ‘Israel Doesn’t Know What Its Own Best Interests Are’

Source: The Atlantic, 1-14-13

In my Bloomberg View column this week, I describe Obama’s reaction to Netanyahu’s tactics:

When informed about the Israeli decision, Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister, didn’t even bother getting angry. He told several people that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu’s part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart.

In the weeks after the UN vote, Obama said privately and repeatedly, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” With each new settlement announcement, in Obama’s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation….READ MORE

Read the whole thing here.

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