- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The recent divide between Israel and the United States is not between the American public and Israel but specifically between President Obama and Israel.

Certainly, Mr. Obama has shown a mixed reaction to the country ever since his candidacy for the presidency, with his then-political and religious advisers being almost uniformly anti-Israel. His attacks on Israel last year and on the so-called “settlements” - which included any development from hillside temporary housing to cities and towns of substantial population - demonstrated a deep-seated bias against that nation.

It is outrageous that he chose to make an issue of the additional 1,600 planned housing units in Ramat Shlomo, a section of Jerusalem that is almost entirely Jewish and would not have been surrendered in any peace accord.

The brother-in-law of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have been too critical when he called Mr. Obama an anti-Semite, but certainly, those who question his actions have good reason to have considered him inherently pro-Arab.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring, Md.

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