Israel’s Channel 2 News accidentally labeled Barack Obama the president of Iran with an on-screen ID tag on Saturday night.
The mistake happened while the network reported on a press conference given by the United States’ Commander-in-Chief.
The unintended error (or Freudian slip) comes at a time when relations between Israel and the United States have reached a low not seen in decades.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not been shy in voicing his opposition to the Iran nuclear arms deal, fearing that it will place his country’s security in jeopardy. Twice, the tiny nation, surrounded by countries that seeks its demise, has struck nuclear facilities believed to be used for developing nuclear weapons in Iraq and Syria.
The Israeli prime minister has indicated that his nation would do so again if Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon appeared imminent.
President Obama appears to be willing to give Iran most of the concessions it has sought in the ongoing negotiations regarding the future of its nuclear program, including the ability to keep its uranium enrichment facilities operational; and the president even hinted over the weekend that the U.S. will immediately lift economic sanctions against Iran after the nuclear arms deal is signed.
The president said, “Our main concern here is making sure that if Iran doesn’t abide by its agreement that we don’t have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions.” He added: “It will require some creative negotiations. I’m confident it will be successful.”
Earlier this month, the Obama Administration released the details of a framework for a nuclear agreement indicating that the lifting of sanctions would be in stages, contingent on Iranian compliance with the terms. Iran’s chief negotiator immediately took to Twitter to counter the administration’s claims.
One supposes we will have to forgive Channel 2 News for mistaking which country Barack Obama is representing at the moment.
h/t: Times of Israel
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