Continuing his bid to court Jewish voters unhappy with President Obama’s policy toward Israel, Mitt Romney Wednesday seized upon media reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Obama exchanged unkind words about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
While the two leaders attended the G20 summit in Cannes last week. Sarkozy, apparently unaware that French journalists could hear him through headsets designed for simultaneous translation, reportedly said of Netanyahu: “I can’t stand to see him anymore, he’s a liar.”
To which Obama replied, according to French translation of his remarks, “You are fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day.”
In a statement Wednesday, Romney questioned Obama’s commitment to Israel.
“President Obama’s derisive remarks about Israel’s prime minister confirm what any observer would have gleaned from his public statements and actions toward our longstanding ally, Israel,” the Republican presidential candidate said. “At a moment when the Jewish state is isolated and under threat, we cannot have an American president who is disdainful of our special relationship with Israel. We have here yet another reason why we need new leadership in the White House.”