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Elie Wiesel on Obama and Israel

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 18, 2009 | 7:20 pm

Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is tired of hearing folks say that President Obama harbors anti-Israel sentiments. After touring the Buchenwald death camp with Obama, Wiesel gave these reflections to Haaretz:

“I can say with complete certainty that Obama does not hate Israel,” said Wiesel, in response to rising criticism among U.S. Jews regarding the president’s policies on Israel and West Bank settlements. “It would be foolish to say he is anti-Israel.”

The Holocaust survivor and chronicler said that after spending a full day with Obama and conversing with him for hours, he was struck by the president’s demeanor as an “attentive and understanding man. He is concerned with the suffering of the Jewish people and by what is happening in Israel.”

According to Wiesel, Israel “can and should [work] with Obama” on reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Read the rest here.

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