In a broadcast interview on Monday, JI options reporter Matthew Kassel laid out all the questions that had been despatched to the forty fourth president and the solutions that had been acquired. Nonetheless, out of the 13 questions that had been despatched, Obama answered simply 5 of them, placing “[No answer.]” following the inquiries that acquired no response.
“The previous president prevented each query relating Israel and the Middle East that JI posed to him,” Kassel wrote. “Of the 13 questions JI despatched to the previous president, listed beneath in full, he supplied solutions to only 5, specializing in the historical past of Black-Jewish relations, the Capitol siege, the state of American politics and the rise of antisemitism, amongst different matters.”
Among the many questions Obama skipped embrace his assertion that critics of the Iran nuclear deal had been motivated by pursuits of one other nation reasonably than being for a coverage disagreement, if he thought there was “any hope for Iran’s pro-democracy demonstrators, and what he believed contributed to the Abraham Accords, the Trump-era Israeli peace agreements between a number of Arab nations and the Jewish state.
Nonetheless, the previous president did handle within the only a few solutions he supplied to JI to recommend that his successor, former President Trump, was guilty for the rise in anti-Semitism.
“In my final yr as President, I gave a speech on the Embassy of Israel the place I mentioned that the seeds that gave rise to the Holocaust have all the time been with us. They’ve discovered root throughout cultures, faiths, and generations. And so they have reemerged time and again, particularly in occasions of change and uncertainty,” Obama wrote. “After I gave that speech, it was clear that anti-Semitism was on the rise world wide. Individuals’s anger over all the things from immigration to inequality was boiling over—and lots of of them had been on the lookout for another person guilty. And for 4 years, we had a President within the White Home who fanned these flames.”