Published On: Sun, Aug 9th, 2015

Obama: Netanyahu’s interference in US affairs unprecedented

US president says PM is wrong on 'substance' of nuclear deal with Iran; 'I think that the basic assumptions that he's made are incorrect, ' he says.

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama told CNN he does not remember a time in which a foreign leader interfered in American politics the way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been doing in his efforts to thwart the nuclear deal with Tehran.

In an interview scheduled to air on Sunday, Fareed Zakaria asked the president whether it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair, ” to which the president responded he does not recall such an example.

He asserted that “on the substance, the prime minister is wrong on this. I think that the basic assumptions that he’s made are incorrect. If, in fact, my argument is right that this is the best way for Iran not to get a nuclear weapon, then that’s not just good for the United States, that is very good for Israel.”

In another clip from the interview recorded on Thursday, Obama elaborated on his comment that “Iran’s hardliners were making common cause with the Republicans, ” saying both share the same “ideological commitment not to get a deal done.”

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Ynetnews, by Yitzhak Benhorin

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