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Netanyahu To Obama: Get Your Facts Straight

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back at the White House Thursday for its criticisms of the new homes and apartments being built in Palestinian territory.

Josh Earnest said Obama was “deeply concerned” with Israel’s decision to move forward with the constructions. It was a statement that Netanyahu called “baffling.”

“It would call into question Israel’s commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians. The United States condemns the recent occupation of residential buildings in the Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem,” Josh Earnest said yesterday.

“I think they should be acquainted with the facts first,” the Israeli prime minister told Obama apologist Andrea Mitchell. Netanyahu explained that the new homes and apartments being built are for both Palestinian and Jewish families. “Why not have them live together?” he asked.

“The second part of the criticism was actually baffling to me,” Netanyahu continued. “Because it criticized individual Jews who bought apartments in an Arab neighborhood. Jews buy apartments, private property, in Arab neighborhoods. Arabs buy apartments in Jewish neighborhoods.” And “that’s the right thing to do!”

Netanyahu was clearly troubled and upset that Obama waited until after meeting with him to lodge his complaints publicly. In fact, Earnest’s comments came two hours after Netanyahu’s conversation with Obama in the West Wing. “It didn’t feel good,” Netanyahu said.


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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