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Bibi-ism's bottom line is what he says goes. Opposition isn't tolerated. His mouth disengages from his senses and sensibility. He's combative and overbearing. Observers call him pompous, domineering, and insufferable.

He engages in the "politics of permanent" confrontation. He never misses a chance for a good fight. He avoids "reconciliation and cooperation."

Obama and some officials around him are tired of his ultimatums. They're also unhappy about his thinly veiled support for Romney. Perhaps he's emotionally unbalanced and can't help it. It's cause for concern that his finger's on Israel's nuclear trigger.

Conscience International head James Jennings told Press TV America must stop supporting Israel. "The United States should change its entire Middle East policy," he said, "beginning with its support for Israel and should support the Palestinian cause more." 

Doing so "would send a great message," he added. Perhaps it would go a long way toward ending bloodshed.

After an overnight conversation with Obama, Netanyahu's tone softened. It's likely temporary. Don't bet he changed. Photos of the two together show images of strained relations.

Former State Department spokesman PJ Crowley witnessed nine face-to-face meetings. There's "a lack of rapport between these two men," he said. "They don't like each other very much. Plus, there are serious differences between our interests and Israel's."

He added that Netanyahu stresses "agenda-setting." He watched both political conventions. Israel and Iran were mentioned, "but not significantly discussed, even" though Democrats changed their Jerusalem position. Netanyahu wants Israel on "the front burner."

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It's also personal with Bibi, said Crowley. He thinks he has maximum leverage pre-election. He believes his hawkishness got Washington to impose tougher sanctions. He's not about to go it alone and attack Iran. He thinks Obama will win in November. He prefers Romney.

Last November in a press conference with Nicolas Sarkozy, a hot microphone moment caught the former French president saying "I cannot bear" Netanyahu. He also called him "a liar."

Obama responded, saying "You're fed up, but I have to deal with him every day."

Netanyahu claims "leaders are tested at times of differences with our allies, even our closest allies. We face huge challenges. As prime minister, it's my duty to insist on Israel's vital interests and to ensure its security and future." 

As long as he remains prime minister, relations with any US president won't be easy.

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"The most important interest today," he claims, "is to prevent Iran from continuing its clear effort to obtain nuclear weapons - weapons in the hands of a state that calls for our destruction and is bent on achieving its goal."

Of course, he, other Israeli officials and US ones know Iran has no nuclear weapons program, doesn't plan one, threatens no one, and isn't hell bent to destroy Israel. Yet he keeps saying it. His bluster long ago wore thin. No wonder Obama, other US officials, and some Israeli ones are fed up with him.

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