US President Barack Obama (R) listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (file photo)
US President Barack Obama described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “a pain in the ass” in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, a new book authored by two American journalists reveals.
“We all know that Bibi Netanyahu is a pain in the ass,” the recently-published book “Double Down, Game Change 2012” quotes Obama as having said.
The book has been written by John Heilemann of New York Magazine
and Mark Halperin of Time Magazine
The book also said Obama “blamed himself for accepting the distorted political prism through which every effort to achieve a settlement in the region was mediated.”
The authors say the US president then expressed regret over the exaggerated involvement of Washington in mediating between the Zionist regime and the Palestinian Authority.
When he took office in January 2009 for his first term in office, President Obama immediately named a special delegate to pressure Israel to stop settlement expansion.
But shortly after, Obama chose to improve ties with Israel. He visited Israel soon after he was re-elected in 2012.
The US last brokered talks between Palestine and Israel in August, but no concrete results were achieved.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967.
Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.