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Some observers may argue my criticism of Mr. Obama’s New Yorker interview is simply a matter of semantics. Yet it’s much more than that. We must expect better of our political leaders, and they have to understand the extensive history of a particular region to potentially have a significant impact.

Mr. Obama doesn’t seem to realize Muslim anti-Semitism has a long, sordid past. Rather, he appears to think it’s a decades-old phenomenon. This may shed further light on why he’s been such an extraordinarily weak leader on foreign-policy matters.

Michael Taube is a contributor to The Washington Times.