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NOLAN FINLEY

Finley: When Iranians say ‘death to America,’ listen

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked a State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki the question of the year this week.

Noting the Obama administration reacted strongly to campaign statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggesting he no longer supports a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians, Lee asked why those remarks triggered such an angry response, while the “Death to America” chants from Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei were let slide.

Lee noted that the Iranian threat didn’t seem to have an impact on the administration’s efforts to forge a nuclear arms deal with Iran, even though that country has in the past taken Americans hostage and financed international terrorism.

Israel, on the other hand, has been a good friend and partner to the U.S.

Psaki didn’t have a direct answer to the question. Instead, she rambled about the strong relationship with Israel and the recognition that Iran remains unreformed.

But it is curious the president would take Netanyahu’s words at face value while ignoring a death threat from someone who has proven himself capable of carrying them out.