Mark 13:13 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
President Obama addressed anti-Semitism during an address at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington.
“Anti-Semitism is, and always will be, a threat to broader human values to which we all must aspire,” Obama said. “And when we allow anti-Semitism to take root, then our souls are destroyed, and it will spread.”
The President reasserted America’s support for Israel.
“It would be a moral failing on the part of the US government and the American people, it would be a moral failing on my part if we did not stand up firmly, steadfastly not just on behalf of Israel’s right to exist, but its right to thrive and prosper,” Obama asserted.
The President added that it’s because of his belief in Israel’s right to exist that he has to be critical of some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
“I must object,” he said to applause in the Conservative synagogue. “Papering over hard questions,” he said, is “not a measure of true friendship.”
Although the President admitted “The Palestinians are not the easiest of partners.”
The President gave a glancing mention to his Iran nuclear negotiations which he called “necessary”.
“The deal that we already reached with Iran has already halted or rolled back parts of Iran’s nuclear program. Now we’re seeking a comprehensive solution,” he said, adding that “I will not accept a bad deal. As I pointed out in my most recent article with Jeff Goldberg, this deal will have my name on it, so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise.”