The first black president wants to be the first Jewish one, too?
Barack Obama once told a top adviser that he believes he is “the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in [the oval] office.”
David Axelrod revealed the claim to an Israeli television station in an interview ahead of the June 30 deadline for striking a deal with Iran. The statement was first reported on Monday in JPUpdates as a profile on the advisers who have helped shape Obama’s policy toward the Jewish state.
Axelrod said Obama often complained that many of his opponents paint him as anti-Israel.
“For people to say that [he is] anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.” Axelrod said.
During the interview, Axelrod also took the opportunity to disparage Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that he is a politician who doesn’t believe in securing Israeli’s long term future.
There is a small group of “respectable people who run for public office because they want to do something positive,” he said. “[They want to] shape the future in a positive way.”
According to Axelrod, Benjamin Netanyahu does not fall into this respectable category.
“He knows what he needs to do to get through the next election.” Axelrod said of Netanyahu. “But it seems to me that Israel has to think about what they need to do to get through the next generation.”
Axelrod insisted — against all evidence — that Obama enjoys working with Netanyahu, who has been a vocal critic of the president’s efforts to strike a nuclear deal with Iran.
Netanyahu spoke to Congress in March about the dangers associated with lifting sanctions on the Islamic country, and has repeatedly expressed concerns about the framework of the nuclear talks.
Obama stirred more criticism in Israel on Monday when an Israeli television station aired excerpts of an interview where he said his administration will not consider military action to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“A military solution will not fix it.” Obama told Israel’s Channel 2, according to the Times of Israel. “Even if the United States participates, it would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it will not eliminate it.”
The president may believe he is one of Israel’s greatest champions, but for the people of the Jewish state, actions speak louder than words.
In a February poll nearly 60 percent of Israelis had a negative view of Obama, with an overwhelming 72 percent saying they do not trust him to end Iran’s nuclear program.
The criticism over Obama’s Israeli policies is likely to increase as he continues negotiations with the murderous Iranian regime.
Even if it does hurt his feelings.