Ha’aretz reports:The event at Temple Emanuel in Manhattan marked the first time that Obama spoke publicly about Israel since leaving office.
Obama defended his decision to abstain at a December 2016 UN Security
Council vote denouncing Israeli settlements. He explained that vetoing
the resolution would have hurt “our credibility on human rights.” He
also stated that “to be a true friend of Israel it is important to be
honest about it, and the politics of this country sometimes do not allow