US President Barack Obama, in an interview with CNN, said that Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahuâs interference in American politics is ‘unprecedented’, especially following the Iran deal.In the interview, which will be fully aired later on Sunday, Obama was asked if it was âappropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair.â
âI will let you ask Prime Minister Netanyahu that question,â Obama responded, adding: âI donât recall a similar example.â
Speaking of the deal, Obama said it was âvery good for Israelâ adding that Netanyahu was wrong to get upset about it because âit is the best way for Iran not to get a nuclear weapon â then itâs not just good for the U.S., but itâs also very good for Israel.â
Obama added that the agreement reached last month, by the U.S. and five other world powers, to remove crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program achieves that goal âbetter than any alternative.â
Republican lawmakers largely disagree with the presidentâs assessment that the deal blocks Iranâs path to a nuclear weapon, as do some of Obamaâs own Democrats, Haaretz said according to the PNN.
Obama was interviewed by CNNâs Fareed Zakaria, last Thursday, just hours before Chuck Schumer, the Senateâs leading Jewish Democrat, announced he would oppose the agreement.
Congress is expected to vote in September on a measure disapproving the deal, which Obama has promised a swift veto. Lawmakers would, then, have to secure enough votes to override the president.
The interview is set to air as Obama vacations on the Massachusetts island known as Marthaâs Vineyard.
He is not expected to spend much, if any, time reaching out to lawmakers on the Iran nuclear deal while he is away from Washington. âI think most of the presidentâs time on Marthaâs Vineyard will be spent with his family, or on the golf course, or a bit of both,â said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.