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US denounces Netanyahu insults as 'counterproductive'

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration rejects the characterization of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu as "chickenshit," an insult to the premier's leadership and character leveled anonymously by a senior administration official on Tuesday, as reported by the Atlantic.
"Certainly that's not the administration's view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive," National Security Council spokesperson Alistair Baskey said in an e-mail. "Prime Minister Netanyahu and the president have forged an effective partnership, and consult closely and frequently, including earlier this month when the president hosted the prime minister in the Oval Office."
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