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Obama to Israel: “I Know How to Deal w/People Who Oppose Me”


You can see why Obama supporters, from his toady Ambassador Shapiro to J Street’s favorite anti-Zionist Peter Beinart are frantically trying to shut down the book by former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, even going so far as to demand that Netanyahu repudiate it.

But bullying is what they do best as this incident reveals.

The tension between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel began during their first meeting at the White House, Oren recalls. While the meeting appeared to go “smoothly,” behind the scenes Obama outwardly threatened Netanyahu.

“Face-to-face, I later heard, Obama had demanded that Netanyahu cease all building not only in the territories but also in the disputed areas of Jerusalem,” Oren writes.

“‘Not a single brick,’” the president purportedly said. ‘I know how to deal with people who oppose me.’”

The most pro-Israel administration ever indeed.

But Obama wasn’t opposed to Muslims building houses in Jerusalem. Just Jews.

“Under the administration’s policy, a Jew could only build his home in certain Jerusalem neighborhoods but an Arab could build anywhere—even illegally—without limit. ‘In America,’ I said, ‘that’s called discrimination.’”

And Obama Inc. pursued blatant bigotry at home.

Writing in the New York Times after Netanyahu’s address to AIPAC, columnist Tom Friedman asked if “Netanyahu understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”

“I called Tom the moment the article came online and urged him to retract it,” Oren recalls. “You’ve confirmed the worst anti-Semitic stereotype, that Jews purchase seats in Congress,” Oren informed him.


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