(JPost) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a liar in a conversation with the US president, French website “Arret sur Images” reported on Monday night, a report confirmed by a Reuters journalist.
“I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” Sarkozy told US President Barack Obama during a frank exchange where the US president took him to task for backing a Palestinian request for membership of the UN cultural heritage agency UNESCO. According to the report, Obama replied: “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with it all day!”
Reportedly, the two presidents have left out any deductions about the delicate issue of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Obama had first criticized Sarkozy for not having warned that he would vote for the accession of Palestine to UNESCO, while the United States were strongly opposed. The conversation then drifted to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister. Certain not to be heard, the two presidents are relaxed. “All I can see, [he] is a liar,” Sarkozy said. “You’re tired of it, but I have to deal with it every day! “replied Obama, who then asked Sarkozy to try to convince the Palestinians to go easy on their application for UN membership.