"We are hated not because we are blamed for everything,
but we are blamed for everything because we are not loved."
- Jabotinsky, one hundred years ago.
ebrawer on November 8, 2011 at 3:31 AM:
“Je ne peux plus le voir, c’est un menteur”, a lancé Sarkozy.“Tu en as marre de lui, mais moi, je dois traiter avec lui tous les jours!”
My translation (better translation of the flavour factor IMHO):
Sarkozy: I can’t stand the sight of him any longer, he’s a liar”
Obama: You’ve had it with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day!
The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, described the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, as a "liar" in a private exchange with Barack Obama at last week's G20 summit in Cannes that was inadvertently broadcast to journalists.
"I cannot stand him. He's a liar,"
Sarkozy told Obama.
The US president responded by saying:
"You're fed up with him?
I have to deal with him every day."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu a high five ...
Neither leader apparently realised that microphones that had been attached for a press conference were still switched on, allowing journalists to hear the embarrassing exchange.
The exchange was first reported on the French website Arrêt Sur Images, and was later confirmed by a Reuters reporter who also heard the remarks.
The gaffe followed a press conference after which the two presidents retired to a private room. The conversation apparently began with Obama criticising Sarkozy for not warning the US that France would vote in favour of the Palestinians' application to join Unesco, the United Nations agency for culture and education.
One French journalist told Arrêt Sur Images that the conversation was broadcast for around three minutes before officials realised the mistake. Another told the website that the reporters agreed not to publicise the remarks because of their sensitive nature.
But, as you can see, the news leaked out anyway. Allah Pundit:
I can buy that no one recorded it, and I can buy that some reporters would go so far into the tank that they’d sign a nondisclosure statement, but surely someone in the room would have found a scoop this juicy too irresistible and would have leaked it.
The exchange between O and Sarkozy supposedly happened on Thursday; it took four days for news to break about an explosive “hot mic” exchange between the presidents of the United States and France about the prime minister of Israel? C’mon.
Anyone know if Arret is trustworthy? And if so, I want to know which reporters were in the room and refused to report.
Note to Bibi, en davar. Never mind. "... for history is long, the Jewish people everlasting, and truth is sacred..."