A resurgent Ben Carson saw the kid gloves come off during an interview Sunday on “Fox News Sunday.”
Not that the Republican presidential contender didn’t hold up well — given his rise in the polls after last week’s presidential primary debate, the retired neurosurgeon had better get used to it.
Host Chris Wallace pushed Carson hard Sunday in response to a commentary piece he published in the Jerusalem Post last week that called President Barack Obama the “divider in chief,” and suggesting the president uses “anti-Semitic themes” in his diatribe against Israel.
“Barack Obama, anti-Semitic?” Wallace asked.
“I think the position of president of United States should be one where you begin to draw people together behind a vision, not one where you castigate those that believe differently from you,” Carson said.
Not letting Carson off the hook, Wallace zeroed in on the “anti-Semitic” remark.
“It’s one thing to argue your policy differs from Israel, but you say in your article – and you’re talking about domestic critics in this country – that there’s anti-Semitic themes there,” Wallace pushed back. “What specifically is anti-Semitic in what the president is saying?”
Carson responded with a well articulated, cognizant answer.
“I think anything is anti-Semitic that is against the survival of a state that is surrounded by enemies and by people who want to destroy them,” Carson said. “And to sort of ignore that and to act like everything is normal there and that these people are paranoid, I think that’s anti-Semitic.”
The 12-minute interview is worth watching. The segment on Israel comems at the 6:40 minute mark:
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