The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards
Private conversation overheard over an open mike:
“I can’t stand him. He’s a liar.”
“You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”
All spoken privately but accidentally broadcast over an open mike. President 1 was Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of state of France, and President 2 was Barack Hussein Obama, the current incumbent in the Oval Office.
There were no calls for either president to issue a public apology, despite their immature behaviour and their contemptible breach of diplomatic niceties.
Now fast-forward a couple of years.
“(The Foreign Secretary) has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – (he) cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict … The only thing that can save us is if (he) wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone … The security plan is not worth the paper it is written on.”
All said in a private conversation eavesdropped by someone who immediately broadcast what he had overheard.
Response: Fierce insistence on an immediate, public and written apology from the Defence Minister.
To read the entire article, visit the Times of Israel where it was first published on January 14, 2014.