BLITZER’S BLOG: Will open-mic comments hurt U.S.-Israeli relations?
November 8th, 2011
04:32 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Will open-mic comments hurt U.S.-Israeli relations?

(CNN) - Political leaders should always be careful of what they say anytime they are near a microphone.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama have learned that again – painfully.


Filed under: Israel • President Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Frank

    Obama is clueless! Simply clueless. It is time we get a President who knows friend from foe. Israel is our ally and we need to stand by her as a friend.

    November 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. nowukno

    Isreal is not our ally and is only out for self...its time the USA stop being manipulated and we only heard what everybody else thinks.....!!!!

    November 8, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Bassman

    We were told the media did not report this because the conversation was private. Sounds more like they were covering up.

    November 8, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Expat American

    Frank –
    Being allies doesn’t mean you have to be friends. In fact, throughout history, Allies have rarely ever been friends. I don’t see what is wrong in what President Obama said. The majority of the dialog between Israel and the rest of the world – does in fact occur primarily between the United States and Israel. The United States will always stand by Israel – even as they thumb their noses at the United States and the United Nations and continue to build their illegal settlements, among other things supported with American dollars.

    November 8, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Neinhoome

    If we can get through Wikileaks we'll be just fine with this.

    November 8, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. S.positive

    Frank, stop being clueless. I guess it is the President's fault that Sarkozy made the comment.

    November 8, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Little Jimmy Truth

    Finally, Obama opened the closet.

    Great job for telling the truth.

    November 8, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. west

    Every low life on earth wants to get a chance to destroy our president, I wonder what you white people say behind closed doors about all minority's.

    November 8, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Ed, South Florida

    Somebody needs to put it bluntly to Israel. I am tired of this issue. when we asked them to stop building those settlements they defied the U.S. meanwhile, We are still giving them military and financial support. But when it comes to make the slightest concession they refused.

    November 8, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. gt

    obama better watch put the jewish community will dump fast... to bad its the truth... israeli drains american of tax dollars by the billions

    November 8, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Ben Dover

    Sarkozy is Right...Isreal is the main problem when it comes to the middle east!

    November 8, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Whatever. Netty and his party leading Israel rapidly into that fascist good night can go stick their faces in Herman Cain's lap for all I care.

    November 8, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Who cares. Bring that foreign money home to America.

    November 8, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. unsub

    israel needs to stand alone!

    November 8, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Terry,Va

    Israel already knows Obummie's hatred of them. Come out of the closet Muslim Obummie.

    November 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Wilt

    Sarkozy and Obama are two of a kind. Two political elitists stating their true feelings. Neither Israel or anyone else is surprised since Obama bashes them every chance he gets. They look like a couple of effete snobs they are in that picture. Giants of the middle class who have never even had dirt on their hands – they make me sick.

    November 8, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Robert

    US foreign policy vis a vis Israel is too forward leaning in favor of Israel. I believe the latest incident ought to be rephrased:
    Will the French President's remark hurt Franco-Israeli relations???

    President Obama responded fairly accurately and sincerely when he said he ( the US) has to deal with the Israeli leader all the time. The French need not, but the US because of the "artificially" created "special relationship with Israel" has to do it. Which brings me to think, why do we have to.

    November 8, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. SecedingfromTexas

    What's the big deal? President Obama does have to work with Netanyahu more than Sarkozy does. That's what he
    said, that is true, so get over it.

    November 8, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Name harb

    Israel gov. Need to stop bleeding american tax$. If they want to go for a war with iran let the american israelis go for it not any white boys and black, and american asians.

    November 8, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. AlaskaPalin

    The most difficult foreign policy decision obama has to make fell to him today. Iran is building nukes. If iran builds a nuke on his watch you can be assured that what he allowed to happen will go down in infamy. We are please that he got ben ladin but mr president iran getting a nuke on your watch will erase all of that. He needs to make sure that this doesn't happen. He also needs to let iran know in no uncertain term that they have gone far enough and will be allowed to go no further. If he destroys their nukes potential his sarcastic remarks about israels prime minister may be overlooked. Americas security depends on iran not having nukes for if iran ever gets nukes america and the world will never be safe again. Iran is not north korea.

    November 8, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |