According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, Obama has discussed the topic with Republican, Democrat, and Jewish officials in the United States.
The Jerusalem Post is reporting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working behind the scenes with moderate Arab governments in order to thwart the president’s potential succession plans.
A source close to the prime minister told Al-Jarida that he “sees an opportunity to establish good relations based on shared interests with moderate states from which Obama has moved away.” These would likely include the Persian Gulf states who believe Obama betrayed them by pushing through the nuclear deal with Iran.
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“Obama’s term is ending with him forging an alliance with Iran, coming to an agreement with it on its nuclear program which in the end will result in a similar scenario that took place with North Korea,” the source said.
“Wasn’t eight years of having Obama in office enough?,” Netanyahu is quoted in the Kuwaiti daily as telling associates. “Eight years during which he ignored Israel? And now he wants to be in a position that is liable to cause us hardships in the international arena.”
Current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends Dec. 31.