Obama trying to mend fences with Israel

In an interview in the Atlantic, President Obama sought to better explain his relationship with Israel. Maintaining that, as Israel’s friend, he has the duty to criticize the nation from time to time. Next stop in his repair tour: Washington’s Adas Israel synagogue. Where he will speak at an event honoring Jewish American Heritage Month. A speech that will be closely watched by Jews in the United States and israel.

Obama to Israel: I’m your friend & my criticism of Bibi gives me credibility

President Barack Obama defended his fierce criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the March elections in Israel, arguing that such criticism lends him credibility when defending the Jewish state in international arenas, and rejected attempts to equate his criticism of the Israeli government with antisemitism.