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U.S. President Barack Obama escorts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of the Oval Office

Much of the Israeli media was abuzz Tuesday, July 29 over a report filed by Israel’s Channel One’s well-respected reporter Oren Nahar, who claimed that a “senior U.S. official” had turned over a tape of a phone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The transcript of the alleged call has Obama browbeating Netanyahu, demanding that the Israeli government imposed an immediate ceasefire, while the Israeli Prime Minister repeatedly attempts to explain why a ceasefire at this point would be suicidal for Israel.


Channel One stands behind its story and the other Israeli media outlets which wrote about the conversation stand behind it as well. Mostly everyone else is lampooning the conversation as “not credible” and “unsubstantiated.”

Indeed, both Obama and Netanyahu issued statements dismissing the allegedly taped conversation to be a fabrication, calling it “shocking and disappointing” that someone “would sink to misrepresenting” a private conversation between Obama and Netanyahu “in fabrications to Israeli press.

The following is an excerpt of the alleged conversation, published in Hebrew by Channel One:

Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities – particularly airstrikes.

Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?

Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets – silence will be met with silence.

Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires, it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Obama: I repeat and expect Israel to unilaterally stop all its military activity. The pictures of destruction from Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

Netanyahu: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.

Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense – ed.], including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,

Netanyahu: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It is impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.

Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks…

Obama – interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel’s court – it is obligated to end all military activities.

The Israeli journalist who claims to have received the tape explained that the exchange reproduced above was the most contentious. He said there were more positive exchanges, including Obama’s statements that America is committed to Israel’s security.

Many Israelis were quick to believe that such an exchange took place. This latest note of discord comes upon the heels of widespread rumors over the weekend that the ceasefire proposal offered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry favored Hamas. Whether or not the two instances of alleged mistreatment of Israel by the U.S., and anger from the U.S. because of those rumors, reveals an alarming lack of trust between the parties.

Here is a clip of the Channel One report, in Hebrew:



  1. I stand with Israel now and forever from USA! And I always vote out the traitors to Democracy for Israel is the only true Democracy in the Middle East and votes with the USA more than any Nation! And Israel is the only Nation other than the USA that has a 9/11 Memorial with the Names of all of the Victims! Israel is the USA’s best friend and the USA should be the best friend to Israel always!

  2. ISRAEL IS A NEGOTIATOR OF PEACE, but doesn’t mean that they will surrender to the enemies desires if there isn’t evidence or agreement to KEEP that PEACE along the way, the evidence that HAMAS shows is KILLING in the first place and then NEGOTIATE,

  3. I am so grateful that Israel doesn’t take their marching orders from him! Maybe he could sign an executive order demanding the media in America give a fair and balance report of what is happening instead of the yellow journalism we are seeing!

  4. – Look no further than the political protrusion of world powers (in particular the US) to explain any military ineptness within Israel. While acknowledging Israel’s right to exist, self-condemning American interests insist on tying Israel’s hands (or at least one behind the back) in her need for expansion and defense, and the highly pressurized ‘peace’ initiative is the primary vehicle by which that intrusion is asserted.

    Biblical prophecy reveals that there is coming a leader that will put forth a miraculous plan for world peace, and it is clear to see that even now the world is readying itself to receive him. He is the beast, the antichrist, who once he has completely deceived the nations into following him, will turn and reek destruction on all who will not bow down to him as god. And even now O Israel, you are coming under his spirit, and falling head long into his plan, as are all the nations.

    Wake up, you who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Adonai is not sparing the land and people of Israel for their sake, but for His holy name’s sake, and for a chosen remnant to go into his millennial kingdom at his return.

    Wake up O remnant, and know that your time is close at hand (JOEL 2 , Zechariah 14 , Ezekiel 36:22)

    There is a chosen in Israel, but not all Israel is chosen…
    There is a divine protection over Israel, but not all Israel is protected…

    ISRAEL – ‘Two Songs, Two People’—two-songs-two-people.html

  5. To all you peaceniks You need to realize your motives Are nobel only they are misdirected. Rember this before the holocaust Hitler also made it very clear his intentions towards the Jews yet the Jews thought it was rhetoric and did not take him seriously. In fact the only way he could’ve got over 90% of the vote was with the Jewish voters. Jews suffered for so long throughout history that they want to believe anyone promising peace and equality. Only we naively forget that anti-Semitism is deep-seeded amongst the world’s nations. And that their equality doesn’t apply to Jews . Many. Of the American Jews the did the same when they voted for Obama believing his crap. Never again applies to us as well. Never again shall we take for granted or disregard threats made to our nation as a whole from any other nation. The charter of the Hamas is to kill Jews anywhere and everywhere. Don’t deny this they proudly publicize it .
    You must be in Lala land if you think for moment that they want to live side-by-side peacefully with Jews. Wake up from your pipe dream and except the reality. We are in the beginning of a new Holocaust if we don’t put a stop to it now. War is not beautiful but it is inevitable . They do not want to be appeased but as long as your giving their taking.

  6. weather this report is true or not–Obama does not have the right to tell Israel what to do or not to do. Why don’t he try to tell other countries what to do. They would just laugh at him– as Israel should do.

  7. How can Israel agree for cease fire when enemy missiles are targeting them every minute?? This is ridiculous. You cannot stop fighting and let the enemy destroy you.. You have to defend yourself. Obama try put yourself in their shoes and see what happens..

  8. Maybe the US should think ANOUT THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN THEY KILLED WHEN THEY DROPED THE BOMB ON JAPAN HOW MANY KIDS WOMEN DID YOU KILLED IN ONE GO !!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe Israel should do the same then it would be ok to the rest of the world !!!!!!!

  9. Who is Obama to DEMAND Israel or any other country to do anything?? He has messed up the U.S. and thinks he knows what’s best for others?? Arrogance at it’s best. He is sending our tax dollars to Hamas who is using it to purchase more rockets from N. Korea…. and yet gets upset at Russia for what they are doing in the Ukraine… what’s the difference?? He’s no better than Putin.

  10. Israel is in the right Mr. President. Gaza MUST be demilitarized, and unless you are going to ask the US military to do the job of getting rid of all of these tunnels and rockets, I suggest you just shut up, with due respect.

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