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Obama: Israel doesn’t know ‘its own best interests’

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President Barack Obama has said privately that “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” columnist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote.

In a column posted on the Bloomberg website Jan. 14, Goldberg wrote that when Obama was told the Israeli government had approved plans to advance the development of housing in the controversial E1 corridor between Maale Adumim and Jerusalem, the president “didn’t even bother getting angry.”

“In the weeks after the U.N. vote, Obama said privately and repeatedly, ‘Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.’ With each new settlement announcement, in Obama’s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation,” Goldberg wrote.

Goldberg called Obama’s relationship with Netanyahu “complicated” and said Obama has been a “reliable ally” on “matters of genuine security.”

What Obama wants, Goldberg wrote, is for “Netanyahu to acknowledge that a two-state solution represents the best chance of preserving the country as a Jewish-majority democracy. Obama wants, in other words, for Netanyahu to act in Israel’s best interests.” — jta


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