French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged his friendship to Benjamin Netanyahu in a condolence letter written to the Israeli prime minister.
“You have my friendship, and our differing views on the problems of the Middle East, and the interpretations appearing in the media, have no effect on it,” Sarkozy wrote, according to Reuters, citing two unnamed Israeli officials in the prime minister's office. The message was included in a letter of condolence to Netanyahu over the death of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi.
Bloggers and columnists had a field day Tuesday after a French photo agency reported that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Barack Obama had privately exchanged disparaging remarks about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I cannot stand him; he’s a liar,” Sarkozy is said to have told Obama.
The French Website “Arret sur Images,” said Obama replied: “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”