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May 21, 2015 2:39 pm

Obama: Only One Generation After Holocaust, Antisemitic and Anti-Israel Rhetoric on the Rise

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“Only a generation removed from the Holocaust, it seems that antisemitic rhetoric and anti-Israeli rhetoric is on the rise,” President Barack Obama told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview published on Thursday.

“You have a Middle East that is turbulent and chaotic, and where terrorists seem to be full of enthusiasm and momentum. You have Europe, where … there is an emergence of a more overt and dangerous antisemitism,” he said, adding, “And that will make people fearful.”

The U.S. president was responding to what Goldberg called the “bifurcation” in American Jewish opinion toward the present, with an outspoken current saying Obama has taken steps in the last several years that have gone against Israeli interests and isolated the Jewish state, including in Washington’s dealings with the Iranian nuclear issue.

The president said, “precisely because I care so much about the Jewish people, I feel obliged to speak honestly and truthfully about what I think will be most likely to lead to long-term security, and will best position us to continue to combat antisemitism.”

Among the issues the U.S. president discussed with Goldberg were prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and of course the apparently impending announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran, to which the president said he had a “personal interest” as well as a “national-security” one.

Obama continued to insist that the Iranian regime’s antisemitism had not completely tainted its policy, saying Tehran’s desire to maintain legitimacy and remove Iran from its economic “rut” were its guiding principles.

“The fact that you are antisemitic, or racist, doesn’t preclude you from being interested in survival,” he said. “So the fact that the supreme leader [of Iran] is antisemitic does not mean that this overrides all of his other considerations.”

He said that precisely because the stakes are so high for Iran as it nears the June 30 deadline to complete an agreement with Western powers over its nuclear ambitions, antisemitism could not be the guiding principle behind the country’s political strategy.

“What we’ve been very clear [about] to the Iranian regime over the past six years is that we will continue to ratchet up the costs, not simply for their anti-Semitism, but also for whatever expansionist ambitions they may have. That’s what the sanctions represent. That’s what the military option I’ve made clear I preserve represents,” he said.

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  • Obama is a cool man, He is a Jew. When he came to Israel he said ” Tov lehiot baba it” means” Good to be home” He want to get a green card to became an Israeli citizen.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Obama speak honestly and truthfully?

    Two words that he has disregarded repeatedly.

  • He just woke up, what a president…Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • judorebbe

    Obama’s relentless anti-Israel actions speak much louder than his words.

  • Mark_NY

    This interview with Obama’s favorite journalist, Jeffrey Goldberg, is a transparent attempt to cozy up to the Democratic wing of the Jewish population in the U.S. in advance of his anticipated deal with Iran. This deal is so flawed that he’s concerned that even the left and the progressives among Jews will find it hard to swallow. So he’s making empathetic comments about how Jews have suffered and continue to do so to show he really “cares” about us. But this is nothing more than cheap political gamesmanship that in reality is condescending to Jews. Unfortunately, there are enough “Jews” in the U.S. today who really don’t care that much one or the other about Israel (despite their protestations to the contrary),and who are ready to suck up to a black president to show just how liberal they are, which makes them feel really good about themselves. What fools! When Netanyahu made his speech in Congress, Rep. Cummings (black) criticized him for “disrespecting” his president at a time when Israelis fear an existential threat to their survival. But why the hell should Cummings care about that; it’s all about dissing his fellow black man. But our fellow Jews are preoccupied with burnishing their liberal credentials.

    • Mark_NYC

      In the preceding, I meant to say Rep. John Lewis, not Cummings.

  • Amy Shapiro

    As Ehud Barak said: “Iran is a rational actor.” Nobody but those bent on War harp on its so-called anti-Semitism. There is probably more anti-Semitism in Missouri than there is in Iran. There’s a thriving Jewish community in Iran. They’re doing a hell of a lot better than the Palestinians, or for that matter the Christians under Israel’s thumb.

  • David Blacher

    This is right out of Orwell’s 1984. The historic and ongoing Antisemitism if The Islamic State of Iran (the exact name of what we simply call “Iran”) exactly and specifically does, indeed, drive their foreign policy and world view! This is further exacerbated by many of the established tenets of their primary national governing document, the Koran.

    • Scott

      He doesn’t ever say what he means or means what he says…..
      Even if he tried….it’s too late. No one would believe him anyway.
      The Mullah’s certainly don’t……

    • Scott

      I might add to your “1984” analogy…..
      As the Minister of “Truth”, BHO has become the Master of “doublespeak” and “doublethink”…..