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Netanyahu is "baffled" by Obama, but who isn't?

The Obama administration’s harsh condemnation of Jews buying homes from Arabs in eastern Jerusalem is “against American values,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday.

He pointed out that in his meeting with President Barack Obama, the president did not talk about specifics when the president raised the issue of settlements.

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“I said we should address the larger issues – are the Palestinians ready to recognize a nation state for the Jewish people the way we are ready to recognize the nation state of the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to spell out the facts concerning building homes in Jerusalem to support his reaction of being “baffled” by the American position.

He said the project being planned in what is called eastern Jerusalem, although in this case it actually is in the southern part of the capital, “There are 2,400 units. What they didn’t tell you is that 700 of those units are designated for Arab residents in Jerusalem.

“The whole line that Jews cannot buy homes in Jerusalem, or you can’t have mixed housing projects for Arabs and Jews, is wrong. I am baffled.

“If somewhere in America someone said Jews cannot buy apartments here, there would be an uproar. I do not accept this.”

Concerning the purchase of six buildings in the Silwan Valley, directly across the road form the Western Wall, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “Some Jewish residents of Jerusalem bought apartments legally from Arabs in a predominantly Arab neighborhood. This is seen as a terrible thing.. Arab in east Jerusalem buy apartments, thousands of them, in the Jewish neighborhood in west Jerusalem. No one says you can’t do it.

“If I said to you, in some place in the United States, “Jews cannot buy apartments here,’ there would be an uproar.

“It is against American values. The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace? I think it’s anti-peace.”

Netanyahu did not address the principal reasoning of the Obama administration and its predecessors that dividing Jerusalem, and not declaring the city as the capital of Israel until it is divided, is in “the national security interests” of the United States.

He did not address the issue because no one has yet been able to solve the puzzle of how the American government, mainly the State Dept., links the two. It’s like starting to recite “A-B-C- and ending up with “Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday.”

Whoever can figure out why they are connected perhaps can also explain why Jews should not buy from Arabs but Arabs can buy from Jews.

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49 COMMENTS

  1. He’s definitely a Muslim and not really a ‘Christian’. He endorsed to help Syrian Rebels whom formed ISIS.

    Remember his 2011 speech:

    “I want ALL ISRAELI JEWS to leave the settlements that belong to the Palestinian People in Golan Heights, West Bank, and Gaza Strip!”

    PM Netanyahu went to the U.S. immediately to speak to Obama Bin Laden. Obama is a Dictator now especially inviting Ebola patients and a immigrant to the U.S. without blocking flights coming in from West Africa.

    Israel’s #1 ally will suffer major issues.

  2. [Surak] Constant kvetch, it is very un-university-like to drop the rules of capitalization for Jews – un-dutch, one might say. Of course your soldiers have removed their uniforms, so no more humiliation is needed today.

  3. Mr Netanyahu please don't expect Obama to understand your system in Israel. He still can't figure the US system out. You are an outstanding statesman, you are probably the greatest statesman in the world today so ignore obama and especially John Kerry. Take care of Israel. i'll bet you $100 that 80% of Americans are routing for you. Do your thing Ben.

  4. Dear Prime Minister, Most Americans stand with you. Obama and his administration have accomplished little except to tear our own country down. Their opinion does not count for much. Most of us are embarrassed By Obama and realize that there is an evil that keeps him in office. We call on G-d for Israel and your leadership. My heart is with you all.

  5. I remember very much and commented that President Obama wanted to get the Jews votes as they are so many in America and indeed he got the votes. double standard is not good in the eyes of God! At the same time he has to please the Arabs. He should go back to the Torah, only then will he be free at his heart. Join in prayers for him.

  6. He really dosen't have to please anyone, he is supposed to bide by the US Constitution, in fact, he swore to uphold it but he dosen't do so. I am so sorry for the Jews who voted for him, he certainly let the down. He is an anti-Semitic.

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