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March 5, 2015 4:09 pm

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Defends Obama Against Antisemitism Charge (VIDEO)

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Bill O'Reilly denied claims that Obama is antisemitic during his interview with Fox News' Andrea Tantaros. Photo: Screenshot.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama against claims of prejudice against Jews, insisting instead that the US leader is merely opposed to the policies of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“If Israel elects a liberal prime minister on March 17, I think President Obama would be very happy. I think he would applaud a liberal leader of that country,” O’Reilly said. “I believe is he not antisemitic, which is ‘I hate you because you are Jewish.’ I believe he is anti-Netanyahu, who is a hawk.”

“[Obama] believes, in my opinion, that the Israelis under Netanyahu and other right wingers are oppressors. They oppress the Palestinians… So, I think he is wrong, but I don’t think is he is antisemitic,” O’Reilly added.

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The O’Reilly Factor host was responding to a question raised by Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros who, twice over the last week, asked, “Is this White House antisemitic?”

Tantaros, who appeared as a guest on O’Reilly’s show, alleged that a person doesn’t need to “hate” Jews to be antisemitic, but rather just be “not supportive” of them. She added, “If this administration was speaking this way to blacks, to women, to Hispanics, we would be asking the same question about that.”

In conversation with O’Reilly, Tantaros said she hadn’t actually called President Obama “antisemitic,” but just posed the question. She then listed a number of items she believes the Obama administration has “done against Israel.” Tantaros also said the president “is friends with people, who I think, could be considered antisemitic.”

Watch Bill O’Reilly defend President Obama below:

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  • victoria brandeis

    TELL IT TO SOMEONE WHO CARES……THIS MONSTER IS PERHAPS NOT EVEN GIVE UP HIS THRONE…….I DO BELIEVE IF THERE IS A ‘WAR’…….THIS AMERICAN ‘PUTIN’ WILL SIMPLY SAY…..’I AM NOT LEAVING’…….JOKE….I DON’T THINK SO ….IT IS NOT EVEN BEYOND THOUGHT TO WONDER IF THIS IS THE PUPPET MAKER BETWEEN TWO AVATARS…….JIHAD AND ISIS…….

    A PURIM SCHTICK WOULD BE ‘OBAMA’…….CLAIMING ‘LEADERSHIP OF THE WORLD OF MUSLIMS…..CLAIMING ‘AMERICA’ TO BE THE LEADER ‘CEL’

    AND, THIS IS NOT A PURIM SCHTICK — GOOD SHABBOS….MAY ALL WORTHY OF PEACE JOY HOPE COURAGE AND MORE ENJOY THIS AND FOR THE DARKNESS IN THE WORLD….’TURN THE LIGHTS ON’

  • Andrea Tantaros has been defending Israel for a long time and calling Hussein Obama anti Jewish for a long time.Maybe not calling him straight out anti Semitic but putting it out as a question.At first i thought like O’Reilly but as time went on i began to to think along the lines of Tantaros.O’Reilly wants to seem like a moderate.But i don’t have a T.V. show so i can agree with Andrea

  • Max Cohen

    Bibi Netanyahu offered several examples of Barack Obama’s helpfulness toward Israel in his speech before Congress. Bill O’Reilly said nothing to counter the charges of antisemitism brought by Andrea Tantaros and he gave no evidence of Obama in a supportive role to either Israel or to Netanyahu. Personally, although I am a devout believer in America, the Constitution, and in free enterprise, I cannot abide the arrogance of Bill O’Reilly. He is a religious fundamentalist who recently classed atheists with killer terrorists. His views on Obama are tainted by his own resentment toward the “Killers” of Jesus.

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