Obama-Netanyahu relations at ‘historic low’

Obama-Netanyahu relations at ‘historic low’

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The relationship between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at a “historic low,” according to an author and investigative journalist in Philadelphia.

“Certainly the personal relationship between this president and the prime minister of Israel is at a historic low,” Dave Lindorff told Press TV on Thursday.

Lindorff made the comments following reports that Obama sent top political operatives to Israel in a move to defeat Netanyahu in recent elections.

US Senator Marco Rubio said on Tuesday that “[Obama’s] entire political machine, virtually, some of the top people in his political operation were in Israel, on the ground, trying to defeat Netanyahu, which is unprecedented.”

Obama “didn’t send anyone in any other country to try to influence the outcome of those elections,” said Rubio, a Republican from Florida and a potential contender in 2016 presidential election.

“It’s a charge being made by a Republican in Congress so that’s not a very reliable source, and also sending a few operatives to Israel at a late stage of an election is not a significant way to alter an election outcome,” Lindorff said.

He explained that Rubio’s claims are not significant because Obama is already an “incredibly weak president at this point.”

“He can’t run again, he has lost the majorities in Congress, so basically whatever he does is minimal in terms of his policies,” he added.

According to a report published by the Times of Israel, the Obama administration was directly involved in efforts to remove Netanyahu from office.

The Times quoted an unnamed official as saying “it’s no secret” that the White House had attempted to influence the outcome of the Israeli elections.

According to the report, the US move was partially motivated by a desire for revenge over Netanyahu’s provocative speech before Congress earlier this month, in which the Israeli premier warned that the White House was negotiating “a very bad deal” with Iran.

Lindorff said that any effort by the Obama administration to interfere in the Israeli election “was a way to strike back at Netanyahu” for his congressional speech on March 3.

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