Friedman responds to criticism over Netanyahu Congress jab

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December 21, 2011 12:09

 
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WASHINGTON - New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said that he should have used a more "precise term" when he wrote that congressional ovations for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were "bought and paid for by the Israel lobby."

"In retrospect I probably should have used a more precise term like ‘engineered’ by the Israel lobby - a term that does not suggest grand conspiracy theories that I don’t subscribe to,” Friedman told The New York Jewish Week on Tuesday.

In a column last week about what he said were concerns that American Jews had with Israel's direction, Friedman sparked outrage when he wrote that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not overly invest in applause he garnered when he addressed Congress in May.

"That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby," Friedman wrote.

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