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Barack Obama Says Criticisms of His Jewish Policy Is “Difficult for Me to Hear”

Barack Obama Says Criticisms of His Jewish Policy Is “Difficult for Me to Hear”

Barack Obama told Thomas Friedman that it has been very difficult to hear from Jews, Israeli leaders and pundits who disagree with him.

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President Barack Obama and NYT journalist Thomas Friedman, April 5, 2015. (Haaretz)

The New York Times reported:

And I think that it is important for each side to respect the debate that takes place in the other country and not try to work just with one side. … This has been as hard as anything I do because of the deep affinities that I feel for the Israeli people and for the Jewish people. It’s been a hard period.”


You take it personally? I asked.


“It has been personally difficult for me to hear … expressions that somehow … this administration has not done everything it could to look out for Israel’s interest — and the suggestion that when we have very serious policy differences, that that’s not in the context of a deep and abiding friendship and concern and understanding of the threats that the Jewish people have faced historically and continue to face.”

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