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Daily Israel Report

Feiglin: Obama’s Speech ‘Brilliant’ – but Full of Junk

Feiglin says U.S. President’s speech was a mix of brilliance and garbage; warns that America’s ‘peace’ means terrorism.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/22/2013, 12:18 PM

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
Flash 90

United States President Barack Obama’s speech in Jerusalem on Thursday was “brilliant” but also had “lots of junk,” MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) said Friday morning, speaking to Channel 10.

“The speech was undoubtedly brilliant,” he said. “But I have a serious problem with the middle part.”

“Obama made a sandwich – two good slices, but with a lot of junk in the middle,” Feiglin said.

Feiglin explained that he took issue with Obama’s pressure to make peace. “When Obama talked about forcing us to make pace, I thought only of baby Adelle who was hurt last week by rocks thrown near Ariel,” he said.

“One could live in the bubble Obama created, but in reality, we know where this peace process will bring us – to an increase in terrorism,” he said. Obama “tried to speak directly to the nation in order to force peace on us,” he added.

Obama told the many students at his speech that the only way Israel can thrive as a Jewish democratic state is by recognizing “the state of Palestine.”

Obama said to applause that he believes Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a real partner for negotiations. Abbas has become the semi-permanent PA leader due to his refusal to hold new PA elections in wake of the Hamas-Fatah split, but he does not represent Gaza, which is home to nearly half of PA Arabs.