Diplomats said to accuse ‘troll’ Netanyahu of damaging US alliance for own gain

Senior diplomatic officials quoted by Channel 12 news are accusing former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “sacrificing” ties with the US for his political interests.

“He knows the significance of our strategic alliance with the US and is aware of the damage he is causing,” one source tells the channel. “It’s sad.”

A second source accuses the Likud leader of attempting to drive a wedge between the Naftali Bennett-Yair Lapid government and US President Joe Biden’s administration.

“He’s trolling and even the White House knows he’s trolling,” the source says.

Neither source is named.

Netanyahu earlier in the day accused Lapid of damaging Israeli security by agreeing to a policy of “no surprises” with the US, which he said would shackle Israel’s ability to act independently against Iran.

One source tells the channel that the US knows Israel reserves the right to act on its own.

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