Column: White House not pleased with PM, Israeli isolation

September 6, 2011 09:40


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The behavior of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu before US President Barack Obama last March reportedly infuriated many in the White House, especially former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a political column by Jeffrey Goldberg in Bloomberg revealed Tuesday morning.

Gates allegedly felt that while the US had laid out "many steps" to "guarantee Israel's security -- access to top- quality weapons, assistance developing missile-defense systems and high-level intelligence sharing," the US received little in return, "particularly in regards to the peace process," the column said. He made the comments during a National Security Council Principals Committee meeting held just prior to his retirement.

The former defense secretary allegedly told the president himself that Netanyahu "is not only ungrateful, but also endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israel’s growing isolation and with the demographic challenges it faces if it keeps control of the West Bank."

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