US President Barack Obama: “Netanyahu was angry a lot during my term”

In his last interview as US President, Barack Obama explains the reasons why he did not veto the UN Security Council Resolution: “I didn’t think that this would harm relations with Israel.”
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In his last interview as US President, Barack Obama explains why he did not veto the UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement building over the green line: “I did not think that this would harm the relationship with Israel.  Perhaps Netanyahu will be angry but this is nothing new. Throughout my term as president, he was angry.”

“I defended Israel continuously and in unimaginable ways,” he claimed. “We have reached the point where the pace of settlement building has become to be significant and it becomes much more difficult to establish an effective Palestinian state.”

Obama stated that because of America’s great involvement in the region, the relationship with Israel is important to him and it is legitimate to tell friends that settlement building is problematic: “This is not something that we didn’t say from day one. It is simply that they did not pay attention to what we stated.”

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