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Netanyahu’s new top media adviser called out Obama as an anti-Semite

Netanyahu’s new top media adviser called out Obama as an anti-Semite

By William Booth for The Washington Post

Just a few days before he heads to Washington to try to mend fences with the White House and secure billions of dollars in U.S. military aid, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a new chief of public diplomacy who called President Obama a modern-day anti-Semite and wrote that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has the intellectual acuity of a 12-year-old.

Netanyahu’s choice of Ran Baratz was pounced upon by Israeli news media and the political opposition, which quickly combed through his social media posts and past articles to find a string of provocative opinions that were anything but diplomatic.

Israelis joked that Baratz apparently did not heed the advice given to all college graduates to scrub their Facebook pages before sending out résumés.

Unless he is fired before he is officially hired, which Netanyahu hinted is a distinct possibility, Baratz will serve as the prime minister’s ­media adviser and director of public diplomacy, a position far more central and intimate than mere spokesman: The person is tasked with shaping and selling Netanyahu’s policies at home and abroad.

Netanyahu is to meet with Obama on Monday. During his visit to Washington, he will discuss the outlines of a new 10-year package of U.S. military aid, worth billions of dollars.

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