U.S. and Israeli officials roundly criticized the report as a "shocking and disappointing" fabrication
The White House rejected reports Tuesday of a transcript purporting to detail a private phone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling the distortions “shocking and disappointing.”
“Neither reports nor alleged transcript bear any resemblance to reality,” read a tweet from the President’s National Security Council.
And White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes tweeted the transcript is “totally false:”
The transcript surfaced on a broadcast by Israel’s Channel 1 which claimed to capture an oddly stilted exchange between the two leaders, in which Obama repeatedly insisted on a cease-fire over the objections of Netanyahu.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s office also tweeted the NSC rejection and condemnation word-for-word.