Daily Israel Report

US Calls Netanyahu 'Desperate and Weak'

Israeli TV quotes senior officials in the White House, State Department, dismissing PM's objection to Iran deal.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/1/2013, 10:12 PM

Obama and Netanyahu
Obama and Netanyahu
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Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu's remonstrations against the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.”

Netanyahu was also raked over the coals Sunday by he man he replaced in the prime minister's bureau, Ehud Olmert, who accused him of bringing relations with the US to an “unprecedented” low point.

However, Netanyahu is showing no sign of flagging in his campaign against the policies of the US and the other P5+1 powers. "As the prime minister of Israel, I warn time and time again of the dangers that are related to the Iranian nuclear program,” he said Sunday. “When I see a danger to the citizens of Israel I will not remain silent.”