Wednesday 26 July 2017

Brother-in-law of PM: 'Obama is anti-Semitic'

Donald Macintyre

The brother-in-law of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday accused US President Barack Obama of being "anti-Semitic".

Hagai Ben-Artzi, a right-winger who is Sara Netanyahu's brother, told Army Radio: "When an anti-Semitic president takes office in America -- that is our test to say, 'We won't give up'." Of the latest row over settlements, he said: "Once the Americans tried to intervene in anything related to Jerusalem we told them one simple word: 'No'."

In a statement, Mr Netanyahu said: "I vehemently oppose the comments made by Mr Ben-Artzi. I have a deep appreciation of President Obama's commitment to the security of Israel which he has expressed many times and for the deep ties between both countries." His aides said it was not the first time the Israeli leader had "totally differed" from his brother-in-law.

Irish Independent

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