Barack Obama does not hate Israel, says Binyamin Netanyahu
March 18, 2010 by Post Team
Barack Obama does not hate Israel, says Binyamin Netanyahu : Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday distanced himself from his brother in law’s accusation that Barack Obama is an anti-Semite who hates Israel.
The family was back and forth as King Abdullah of Jordan added to the pressure on Israel over its settlement policy, requiring the international community to take firm action on what he called the “red line” of Jerusalem.
Hagai Ben-Artzi, the husband of the wife of Israeli Prime Minister, told Israeli Army Radio that the U.S. president does not like Netanyahu and the Israeli people for having spent years in the church of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who he said is “anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish.” Obama once said that the liberal Chicago fiery preacher was his spiritual mentor, but ignored during the campaign.
“As a politician running for [the] President had to hide,” Ben-Artzi, said, “but every time he goes and I think you just have to put it bluntly: there is an anti-Semitic president in America.”
Ben-Artzi then reiterated that “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the capital of Israel, and is all and united.”
“Once the Americans tried to intervene in everything related to Jerusalem, told them that one simple word: ‘No.’” he said.
Netanyahu has distanced himself from the statements, with a spokesman saying it was not the first time the two disagreed.
“I have a deep appreciation for the commitment of President Obama to Israel’s security, which has expressed many times,” said Netanyahu.
In an interview, Obama said the construction plans were not helpful to the peace process in the Middle East, but downplayed the suggestion of a crack.
“An Israel of our closest allies, and we and the Israelis have a special bond that will not go away,” he told Fox News. “But friends are going to disagree sometimes.”
Meanwhile, Abdullah, a close ally of the U.S. and Britain, demanded “firm, fast, direct and effective action to stop provocative actions of Israel in Jerusalem seeking to change their identity and endanger the holy sites.”
“Jerusalem is a red line and the world must not remain silent about Israel’s attempts to get rid of the Arab residents of Jerusalem, Muslims or Christians,” the king said Lady Ashton, the head of the EU foreign policy, according to a statement from the palace.
Ashton is visiting Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip before traveling to Moscow to join a meeting of the Quartet for Middle East: Hillary Clinton in the U.S., the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, Minister of Foreign Affairs Russian, Sergei Lavrov, and Tony Blair, Quartet special representative.
Abdullah’s comments came a day after the worst fighting in months erupted in East Jerusalem, during a “day of rage” announced by Hamas as the Palestinian movement, urged Muslims to reach al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it from an alleged coup attempt in Israel.
Tensions rose in the re-dedication of 17 Hurva century synagogue and the announcement that Israel was building 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. The Al-Aqsa was reopened and the closure of the West Bank yesterday lifted.
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