Obama says Netanyahu ‘interfering in US foreign policy’


WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only foreign leader he can recall who has forcibly interfered in US foreign policy, according to foreign media sources.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu has injected himself forcefully into this debate on American foreign policy in Washington,” he told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

Can you recall a time when a foreign head of government has done that? ” Mr Zakaria asked.

“I do not recall a similar example,” Mr Obama replied. In another interview with Mic News, which takes direct questions from the audience, a 22-year-old Iranian woman asked Mr Obama whether there was another way to secure the nuclear deal “without hurting Iranian people so much” with sanctions.

President Obama said he believed enacting crippling economic sanctions was the only way to bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear programme.