French President Nicolas Sarkozy thinks that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “a liar.”
In a conversation with President Barack Obama where Sarkozy was unaware of a live microphone, he said:
“I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.”
“You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”
Obama then urged Sarkozy to persuade the Palestinian Authority to step down its campaign for membership of the United Nations.
The accidental broadcast of the two leaders’ conversation happened during the recently concluded G20 Summit in Cannes. Journalists who overheard the conversation agreed not to publish the chat but one reporter was said to have leaked the news. Netanyahu’s office declined to comment.
We can only hope that this would not strain their relationship as the three leaders try to intensify their pressure on Iran over its nuclear plans.