Netanyahu a coward who could destroy Israel, believes Obama
Published 16/01/2013 | 05:00
Barack Obama sees Benjamin Netanyahu as a "political coward" whose policies pose a greater threat to Israel's existence than Iran's nuclear programme because he does not know what is in the country's best interests, it is claimed.
The damning assessment of the Israeli PM, relayed by White House officials to an US journalist, Jeffrey Goldberg, is the most graphic sign yet of the toxic relationship between the men.
Mr Goldberg has quoted Mr Obama as repeatedly saying, "Israel doesn't know what its own best interests are" in response to plans for new Jewish settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank on land the Palestinians want for a future state. (© Daily Telegraph, London)