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Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman blasted President Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy for a "totally unacceptable, totally offensive" conversation about Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Sean Hannity's radio show this afternoon, Lieberman said "it was very troubling."
To me, it’s insulting to Prime Minister Netanyahu who is obviously an ally of both France and the United States. Sarkozy’s comments were the worst, to say that Netanyahu’s a liar. I’ve known Benjamin Netanyahu for thirty years and you can agree with him or disagree with him, you can say he’s opinionated, too opinionated, some people would say he’s arrogant. But honestly I’ve been with him through some very tense times and his word has always been good, so where Sarkozy came up with that – you know, by what I understood from overhearing the conversation, in the preceding sentence President Obama said to Sarkozy, you know, you should’ve told me that you were going to vote with the Palestinians at the UN on their admission to UNESCO before you voted. And so, in a funny way, I think that Obama had Sarkozy on the defensive and he came back with an attack on Netanyahu. But it’s totally unacceptable, totally offensive, and obviously I was disappointed by President Obama’s response because I wish he had, in some measure, come to the defense of Bibi Netanyahu.