Skip to comments.Obama rejects 'rubber stamp' of Israel policies
Posted on 05/21/2015 12:44:16 PM PDT by SJackson
President says in Atlantic interview he cares so deeply about Israel that he's motivated to criticize continued settlement activity, comments from Netanyahu.
WASHINGTON -- "Political forces" in Washington seek to provide the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a rubber stamp for its policies, US President Barack Obama said this week in an interview with the Atlantic magazine.
The interview, with the outlet's Jeffrey Goldberg, was published one day before the president is scheduled to address Congregation Adas Israel in Washington, where he is expected to outline his administration's plans to combat a rising tide of anti-Semitism across Europe.
The discussion ranged from the US-led campaign against Islamic State to the president's attitudes toward the new Israeli government. Obama also discussed the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, and why such a deal was in the interests of the Jewish state.
Noting the support he has received at the ballot box from the Jewish American community, Obama said that he cares "so deeply about the state of Israel" that he's motivated to criticize continued settlement activity, and comments from Netanyahu that run contrary to the spirit of Israel's constitution namely, disparaging comments against Israel's Arab community.
But "there has been a very concerted effort on the part of some political forces to equate being pro-Israel, and hence being supportive of the Jewish people, with a rubber stamp on a particular set of policies coming out of the Israeli government," Obama said.
"So if you are questioning settlement policy, that indicates youre anti-Israeli, or that indicates youre anti-Jewish. If you express compassion or empathy towards Palestinian youth, who are dealing with checkpoints or restrictions on their ability to travel, then you are suspect in terms of your support of Israel."
His devotion to Israel's security, and its right to exist, was a repeated theme in the interview; But he rejected that dealing with the Islamic Republic in Iran undermined that commitment, questioning instead the alternatives proposed by the Netanyahu government.
Obama also rejected the notion that anti-Semitism at the highest levels of Iran's leadership proves their government is irrational.
"The fact that you are anti-Semitic, or racist, doesnt preclude you from being interested in survival," Obama said, speaking of Tehran's leadership. "It doesnt preclude you from being rational about the need to keep your economy afloat; it doesnt preclude you from making strategic decisions about how you stay in power; and so the fact that the supreme leader is anti-Semitic doesnt mean that this overrides all of his other considerations."
He said that, historically, anti-Semitic policies have been executed by governments across Europe and the Middle East at a "low cost." His policy is to make clear to the Iranians that the cost is high, he said.
Look, 20 years from now, Im still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, its my name on this, he said. I think its fair to say that in addition to our profound national security interests, I have a personal interest in locking this down.
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Hard to tell if he's talking about Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot or the Supreme Leader.
The fact that you are anti-Semitic, or racist, ... doesnt preclude you from being rational about the need to keep your economy afloat; it doesnt preclude you from making strategic decisions about how you stay in power; and so the fact that the supreme leader is anti-Semitic doesnt mean that this overrides all of his other considerations
“President says in Atlantic interview he cares so deeply about Israel that he’s motivated to criticize continued settlement activity”
Obama’s and Clintons are using the US to secure themselves on the International stage...which will more and more be evident with time. What they do has little to do with more than maintaining their current positions from which they will continue to springboard onto the International stage the Globalists have established will be. ........revenues and sources for, and control of, will matter.
Yet he rubber stamps every single Palestinian policy and demand. He pressures Israel to make concession after concession without demanding a thing from the Palestinians.
Why would he rubber stamp Israeli policies? He can’t because his stamp is busy—his rubber stamp has already been loaned out to every Arab who hates Israel.
“The fact that you are anti-Semitic, or racist, doesnt preclude you from being interested in survival,” Obama said, speaking of Tehran’s leadership.... “and so the fact that the supreme leader is anti-Semitic doesnt mean that this overrides all of his other considerations.”
Is this the first time that Obama has admitted the Supreme Leader is anti-Semitic and racist?
“Is this the first time that Obama has admitted the Supreme Leader is anti-Semitic and racist?”
Heck, Obama is anti-semitic and racist.
First time I’ve heard it. Interesting he immediately excuses it. I understand the Jew hater part. Whatever kind of faith he adheres to, imo self idolitry, the formal aspects were learned under the tutelage of a minister who had little use for Jews or Israel. The racist part is interesting. Are we to understand the rationality of the KKK?
“Heck, Obama is anti-semitic and racist.”
No doubt about that! But it is the first time I heard him call “supreme leader” antisemitic and racist.
No doubt he rationalizes for himself in the same manner he does for the ayatollah.
and the stupid jews still support him..... NO CURE FOR STUPID
So refusing to “rubber stamp” Israeli policies motivated him to call violent attacks against Jews in France “random violence”. He feels so deeply for Israel that he just had to call a spade a spa—oops. I used a code word. OK. A club a club.
What a scumbag Zero is.
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