French President Nicolas Sarkozy may have stirred media frenzy by calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" behind closed doors, but some politicians see it as an opportunity to shift the blame.
Republican Senator John McCain on Tuesday slammed the French and American leaders over their derogatory remarks on Netanyahu, saying that while the "French have always been like that" toward Israel, the United States should know better.
The former presidential candidate was referring to reports that during the G-20 summit, Obama and Sarkozy were overheard on an open mic bashing Netanyahu, with Sarkozy calling him a liar and Obama responding, “You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”
In an interview with Fox Network, the Arizona senator said "I happen to be a great admirer of Prime Minister Netanyahu," adding that "Israel is under more pressure and probably in more danger than they’ve been since the ’67 war and that kind of comment is not only not helpful, but indicative of some of the policies towards Israel that this administration has been part of."
Commenting on the deadlocked peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, McCain noted that "No one, not even the most ardent supporter of the president, can view the Israeli-Palestinian issue and peace in the region as anything but a total failure as part of (the current American) administration."
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