Did Obama lie to Jews?

by Aaron Klein

JERUSALEM – American Jewish leaders are up in arms over recent U.S demands against Jewish construction in Jerusalem, pointing out that during the presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly told Jewish audiences that Jerusalem must remain undivided.

“I believe that on the issue of Jerusalem and the issue of Iran Obama intentionally misled both Jewish and Christian supporters of Israel,” Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, told WND.

“He said as a candidate in 2008 that he supports an undivided Jerusalem and will never permit Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, and now we see that these claims were simply false,” said Klein.

Pessach Lerner, executive vice president of the National Council of Young Israel, told WND, “The Jewish community, in fact, the American community, has the right to expect that what they are told before an election will be what is acted upon after an election.

“Add to this the rights of a sovereign country, an ally, the only democratic state in the Middle East – and we find it very disturbing that the current U.S. administration is dictating to the state of Israel where it can and cannot build in Jerusalem,” Lerner said.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Obama numerous times told Jewish audiences he supports an undivided Jerusalem.

Replying to a 2008 questionnaire that asked about “the likely final status of Jerusalem,” Obama wrote: “The United States cannot dictate the terms of a final status agreement. … Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital, and no one should want or expect it to be re-divided.”

In June 2008, Obama delivered a major speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, in which he stated that if elected “Jerusalem would remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.”

Immediately following the speech, WND reported Obama flip-flopped during a CNN appearance, explaining he meant Jerusalem shouldn’t be physically divided with a partition.

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