A conversation between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Obama has been leaked by press in which Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister"a liar". The private conversation between the two was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes.
According to Reuters:
' Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.
"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter."
The reporters who overheard the conversation did not report it immediately, as it was a private conversation, however the comments between the two world leaders were recorded, and have since been aired on French websites and confirmed by Reuters.
A huge embarrassment to all three leaders, none have made comment on the leaked gaffe, as their governments continure to work together in their efforts to increase international pressure on Iran over it's nuclear program.
"Obama's apparent failure to defend Netanyahu is likely to be leapt on by his Republican foes, who are looking to unseat him in next year's presidential election and have portrayed him as hostile to Israel, Washington's closest ally in the region.
Pushing Netanyahu risks alienating Israel's strong base of support among the U.S. public and in Congress." Reuters
Although not clear what Sarkozy's issue with Netanyahu had caused his comments, Obama has been accused of being hostile to Israel by his foes in Washington. The US President has openly criticised the building of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territories in the past, and his relationship with Netanyahu is rocky at best, as efforts to broker a peace deal in the region foundered. Many European diplomats blame Israel for the breakdown in talks and have openly criticized Netnyahu for his approval of large illegal settlement buildings.
The last politician who was caught in such a private aside to peers was Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who in 1997 was heard joking about President Bill Clinton, and US politicians in general, when he laughed to other world leaders at the Madrid summit.
“In your country and my country all the [American] politicians would be in prison because they sell their votes,” he said, before laughing a bit.
“They sell their votes! ‘You want me to vote on NATO, then you have to vote to build me a new bridge in my constituency!' ”
In Canada public opinion of the actions of Israel after the Canadian Boat to Gaza was apprehended has caused calls for the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird for "failing to do his job."
According to the Sun:
"Canadian Boat to Gaza organizers charge their colleagues have been roughed up and Tasered by Israeli forces and - to add insult to injury - the feds are balking at paying for their deportation flight home.
"If minister Baird wants to put the interests of a far-right Israeli government before Canadians, he should apply for the job of Israel's ambassador," Wendy Goldsmith, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a statement Monday.
Three Canadians were detained by Israeli troops after their boat, the Tahrir, was boarded on Friday.
They are being held in the country because they refuse to sign a document stating they entered Israel "voluntarily" and "illegally."
The group is calling on Baird to demand their immediate release."
It would behoove the Israelis to consider the fact that their behaviour is quickly falling into the realm of thuggery, and that word-wide opinion of their unmitigated sense of entitlement, while shared by their wealthy cohorts in the US Congress, is under examination, even by those who have previously supported the country wholeheartedly. Although the supporters of Israel will undoubtedly pull the race card at the first whiff of criticism, the simple fact of the matter is that the treatment of the people of Gaza is wrong, and everyone knows it.