Daniel Nasaw and Ian Black,
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, yesterday distanced himself from his brother-in-law’s accusation that Barack Obama is an antisemite who hates Israel.
The family back-and-forth came as King Abdullah of Jordan added to pressure on Israel over its settlements policy, demanding the international community take firm action over what he called the “red line” of Jerusalem.
Hagai Ben-Artzi, the brother of the Israeli premier’s wife, said on Israeli Army Radio that the US president dislikes Netanyahu and the Israeli people because he had spent years in the church of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who he said is “antisemitic, anti-Israeli, and anti-Jewish.” Obama once declared the fiery liberal Chicago preacher was his spiritual mentor but disavowed him during the campaign.
“As a politician running for [the] presidency he had to hide it,” Ben-Artzi said, “but it comes out every time and I think we just have to say it plainly: there is an antisemitic president in America.”
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