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Jeffrey Goldberg

Gates Once Tried to Ban Netanyahu From White House

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates's feelings about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu are simple -- and not flattering.

The relationship between former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the government of Israel is a complicated one (as I reported in this post). But Gates's feelings about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu are simple -- and not flattering.

Gates's new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," is filled with extraordinary observations on a range of subjects (he has surprisingly strong and developed views about Bolivia), but I thought I would highlight his apparent loathing for Netanyahu, whom he first met when he was a deputy national security adviser to President George H.W. Bush and Netanyahu was Israel's deputy foreign minister.