According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will join with regional Muslim governments to sabotage rumored plans by President Barack Obama to succeed the current United Nations Secretary-General, Korean diplomat Ban Ki-Moon, who finalizes his term on December 31, 2016. Quoting sources that said that the president has discussed his ambitions with Republicans and fellow Democrats.
Once Netanyahu heard of Obama’s desires, he soon took steps to torpedo what he called the “Obama Project.” According to Al-Jarida, Netanyahu is said to have asked, “Wasn’t eight years of having Obama in office enough?”
“Eight years during which he ignored Israel? And now he wants to be in a position that is liable to cause us hardships in the international arena.”
The Kuwaiti daily noted how personal relations between the two leaders is dismal. “Obama is the worst president Israel has had to deal with and the worst president for the Middle East and its allies, the moderate Arab states,” a Netanyahu aide is quoted as saying.
While a source close to the Israeli premier would not deny the Al-Jarida reports, the source did note that the Obama “was characterized by [Washington’s] moving closer to the Muslim Brotherhood, toppling the regime of Hosni Mubarak, and attempts to ally itself with political Islam.” Netanyahu’s aide was quoted as saying, “Obama’s term is ending with him forging an alliance with Iran, coming to an agreement with it on its nuclear program which in the end will result in a similar scenario that took place with North Korea.” The aide said “Israel will not allow this to happen,” adding that Israeli will take “all of the necessary steps to prevent Iran from manufacturing a nuclear weapon either covertly or overtly.”
According to the source quoted by Al-Jarida, Netanyahu “sees an opportunity to establish good relations based on shared interests with moderate states from which Obama has moved away.”
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