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Netanyahu as seen by Sarkozy and Obama

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Following a technical glitch at the Elysée Palace, a tidbit of conversation between Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard by journalists covering the G20.

According to Dan Israel, who reported the incident on the internet site Arrêt sur Images, "Obama first criticized Sarkozy for not having warned him that he would vote in favor of Palestine’s accession to UNESCO, while the United States was strongly opposed. The conversation then drifted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Unaware that their words was being transmitted, the two presidents let themselves go. "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar," said Sarkozy. "You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day." Replied Obama, who then asked Sarkozy to try to convince the Palestinians to ease up on their membership application at the UN. "

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