Netanyahu ‘Baffled’ By Obama’s Settlement Criticism

The Washington Free Beacon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “baffled” by President Obama’s assertion that if Israel goes forward with new settlements in East Jerusalem, it risks condemnation from its closest ally, the United States.

“I was baffled by this statement, because it doesn’t reflect American values,” Netanyahu told CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation. “What we’re being criticized for is that some Jewish residents of Jerusalem bought apartments legally from Arabs in a predominantly Arab neighborhood, and this is seen as a terrible thing.”

After criticism from the Obama administration surfaced following the president’s meeting with Netanyahu on Wednesday, Netanyahu said people should have “all the information” before making such statements…

…When Schieffer asked about a “larger group of settlements” in East Jerusalem, Netanyahu pushed back on the ‘settlement’ classification and called efforts to condemn mixed housing projects an “affront to peace.”…



The complete article, with video, is at The Washington Free Beacon.


Update: ‘Face the Nation’ Leaves Out Netanyahu’s Criticism of Obama (video) Web-only for complete story

…What Americans heard as they sat in front of their televisions Sunday morning was Netanyahu’s positive comments about his relationship with Obama over images of the two leaders smiling in one another’s presence…



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