Obama Lashes Netanyahu, Says It “Hurts” for Him to Be Accused of Being “Anti-Semitic”
A dismayed President Barack Obama recently vented to his friend and former chief campaign adviser David Axelrod about being perceived by some as a foe to Israel, according to JP Updates.com, The Daily Caller reported.
“‘You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office,'” Axelrod recalled during an interview. “‘For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.'”
Opining on the deteriorated relationship between the U.S. and Israel, Axelrod criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for caring more about elections than the long-term security of his country.
“The world of politics everywhere is divided into two categories: the first and more common is the people who run for public office because they want to be somebody,” he said. “A smaller group is made of respectable people who run for public office because they want to do something — something positive. Shape the future in a positive way. I think Benjamin Netanyahu completely falls in the first category.