Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's brother-in-law, Dr. Hagi Ben-Artzi on Wednesday charged US President Barack Obama with being anti-Semitic, and allowing his disdain for the Jewish nation to influence recent policy decisions and statements.
Speaking to Army Radio, Ben-Artzi said, "It must be stated clearly and simply. Unfortunately, there is an anti-Semitic president in America. As a politician, who ran for presidency, he had to hide it, but from time to time, it bursts out from inside."
Ben-Artzi noted that this should come as no surprise, considering that Obama was spiritually mentored by Rev. Jeremiah Wright for the past 20 years.
"For 20 years he sat with the preacher Jeremiah Wright, who is anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli," he said. During Obama's election campaign, it was revealed that Wright's church on more than one occasion featured Hamas-authored editorials in its weekly bulletin.
Ben-Artzi said that rather than despair, Israelis should view the situation in the White House as a test of their faith and commitment.
"When an anti-Semitic president comes to power in America, it is our test, and we must say: 'We will not give up. We are a 4,000-year-old people, while you will pass on and disappear in one or two years. Who will remember you? But Jerusalem will always be secure.'"