Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the American electorate today, calling them 'ignorant' and 'intellectually challenged' for re-electing Barack Obama to the presidency.
The conservative politician from Israel's Likud party made the comments during a live interview with Australia's ABC News.
Ostensibly on the network to discuss Israeli-Australian relations, the conversation soon turned to the day's big news - Obama's reelection to a new 4-year term.
The ABC interviewer asked Netanyahu his opinion on Obama's victory, and the PM did not mince his words:
"I think its a shame," he responded, "Clearly the American people don't know what's good for them. I don't know if they're ignorant or intellectually challenged. But they made the wrong choice.
"Mitt Romney was a superior candidate. I know the man well. He's the most competent human being I have ever seen. He would have rebooted their economy and destroyed Iran once and for all. It's criminal, frankly, that he was not elected."
Netanyahu then went directly after Obama, apparently indifferent to the damage he might do to Israel's special relationship with the U.S.:
"I fear for what America will become under this sophomoric amateur named Obama. He knows nothing about foreign policy. He doesn't care about Israel. And he seems to be sympathetic to the motives of Muslim extremists."
"Apparently the American people wanted four more years of childish, cartoonishly naive leadership. I don't understand it fully, but like I said - it probably has something to do with a diminished capacity for logical reasoning."
Netanyhu and Romney worked together at Boston Consulting Group in the 1970's and have remained friends through the decades. Relations between the Isreali PM and Obama have been strained for years. The men are said to personally dislike each other.