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.
In an interview for the American magazine “The Atlantic” today (Thursday), US President Barack Obama addressed Israel’s concerns from the developing agreement. “20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this,” Obama stated.
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.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel of the pro-settler Bayit Yehudi party wrote: “Welcome! Happy Jerusalem Day! in case u didn׳t hear PM Netanyahu: “Jerusalem won’t be divided again, we build all over the city.”
There are those who are concerned over the shaky relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor takes the criticism much further, accusing the administration of being hostile toward Israel. So much so they aren’t trying to hide it.
Banking on Netanyahu’s assertion while campaigning for re-election that there would be no Palestinian state during his term in office, Obama is reported exclusively by our sources to have given the hitherto withheld green light to European governments to file a UN Security Council motion proclaiming an independent Palestinian state. Although Netanyahu left the foreign affairs portfolio in his charge and available to be filled by a suitably moderate figure as per the White House’s expectations did not satisfy the US President.
Everyone’s been watching closely the deteriorating relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama over Netanyahu’s assertion that Obama’s efforts to reach an agreement with Iran are ill advised at best and puts the Jewish state at horrific risk. But now, an adviser to Netanyahu is saying, is willing to go the extra mile and restore relations with Washington.
Downplaying the U.S. rift with Israel, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday staunchly defended President Barack Obama’s record of supporting the Jewish state, working to allay the concerns of many American Jews who have lined up against the budding nuclear deal with Iran.
President Obama, who snubbed Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli prime minister’s last visit to Washington, plans to invite him to the White House. But not until after the June 30 deadline for reaching an agreement with Iran.