The official, who spoke to Avi Issacharoff of Walla! News and The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity, also said it was “no secret” Obama had worked to oust Netanyahu in last week’s elections and was disappointed by the results.
“The White House is driven by three main motives,” the senior official told Issacharoff. “The first is revenge [over the Congress speech]. The second is frustration: It’s no secret that they were involved in an attempt to bring down the Netanyahu government – something that we have clear knowledge of – and failed. The third [motive] is the administration’s attempt to divert attention from the negotiations with Iran to the Palestinian issue.”