President Obama spoke out on Israel in an interview released today with The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, expressing his dissatisfaction with some comments Benjamin Netanyahu made prior to his election victory. At issue was Netanyahu’s comment expressing concern about Arab voters turning out in droves, as well as him taking a firm stand against a two-state solution before Election Day (a stand he later walked back a bit).
On the latter, Obama said he expressed to Netanyahu on their phone call yesterday that “given his statements… it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible.”
Stein also asked Obama about the comment about Arab voters. The president expressed some issues with that statement:
“We indicated that that kind of rhetoric was contrary to what is the best of Israel’s traditions. That although Israel was founded based on the historic Jewish homeland and the need to have a Jewish homeland, Israeli democracy has been premised on everybody in the country being treated equally and fairly.”
Earlier this week, Netanyahu insisted he was just talking about Arab money being poured into Israel to influence the election outcome.
Watch the video below, via The Huffington Post
And you can check out the rest of HuffPost’s Obama interview here.
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