In private conversations, President Joe Biden has expressed significant frustration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, using harsh language to describe him, as reported by NBC News. This development comes amidst ongoing tensions and the complex dynamics of the Israel-Hamas conflict, with Biden reportedly feeling that Netanyahu is “giving him hell” despite efforts to mediate a ceasefire.
The report highlights a shift in Biden’s tone when discussing Netanyahu, moving from initially positive remarks to more critical assessments, including referring to the Prime Minister as a “pain in my a–” and expressing that Netanyahu’s recent actions are a “disservice.” These private expressions of discontent underscore the strained relationship between the two leaders amid critical geopolitical challenges.
Netanyahu, on the other hand, has publicly described his interactions with Biden as clear and focused, even as Biden faces scrutiny over his cognitive abilities following a controversial report by Special Counsel Robert Hur. Despite disagreements, Netanyahu acknowledged the ability to reach common ground on several issues.
The Biden administration has been under pressure both internally and externally to push for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict, with members of Biden’s own campaign staff and various protests calling for action. Despite these pressures, the White House has officially denied previous reports of Biden using derogatory language towards Netanyahu.
These revelations about Biden’s private remarks come at a time when the U.S.-Israel relationship is under the spotlight, reflecting the challenges and complexities of diplomacy and leadership in times of conflict. The ongoing debate over how to best address the situation in the Middle East continues to evoke strong opinions and emotions on all sides.