FactCheck: “I want Biafra to be the home of Africa-Jews”- Isreali Prime Minister.

When you see this headline published on the 2nd September 2019, and shared over 17.4K times, out of curiosity, you are tempted to click the link to read the entire content. Nigerians being very familiar with Premium times.com, the first impression you get is that the popular and highly respected Premium Times based in Lagos -Nigeria is behind this screaming headline. Not so fast. Premiumtimenews.com is one of the publishing arms of IPOB /Radio Biafra London headed by ONE Nnamdi Kanu. Unfortunately, IPOB-Radio Biafra has a parody of every popular Nigerian digital media. Their followers barely notice the difference; hence, they share every news item that they deem promotes Biafra’s secession from Nigeria.

As for news lovers who have nothing to do with Biafra, headlines such as this will ultimately draw your attention. It is enormous, to say the least, that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, wants ‘ Biafra to be the home of every Jew’. The author obviously copied and paste the entire post from a popular Jewish site. At no time did Benjamin Netanyuhu said what the caption implies. As a matter of fact, the Minister said during the Jewish Federation of North America general assembly that he wants ” Israel to be the home of every Jew. I don’t care if they’re Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, or completely secular.”

The publication :
“Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman addressed the closing session of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly Wednesday in Tel
Under the headline ‘We Need to Talk’, this year’s JFNA General Assembly highlighted tensions between the State of Israel and American Jewish leaders.

Did he say those words attributed to him?

Speaking Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed US-Israel ties, describing with satisfaction the strengthening of the relationship between the two countries he has observed since first entering politics in the 1980s.

There’s no question it’s gotten a lot stronger,” said Netanyahu,
citing polling over the years, showing an increase in overall support
for the Jewish state among the American public.

When you look at the numbers, it’s quite startling,” regarding Americans’ perceptions of the Jewish state.

The Israeli premier touted President Donald Trump’s decision to
relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, calling the move a high-point in
US-Israel relations.
He did something unbelievable. This is something that we’ve dreamed about since the founding of Israel, and he did it.

I would say that the state of the American-Israeli relationship – the alliance, has never been stronger

But, Netanyahu added, Israel must work to expand outreach among
demographic groups where support for the Jewish state is weakest,
listing off “African Americans, Hispanics, young people

Things are never as good as you think – but they’re also never as bad as
you fear,” the Prime Minister continued, playing down perceptions of a
left-wing backlash against Israel and Zionism in the US

Turning to relations between Israel and the American Jewish
community, Netanyahu said he was working to promote the vision of Israel
as a ‘home for all Jews.
I want Israel to be the home of every Jew. I don’t care if they’re Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, or completely secular.
Netanyahu responded to claims from some in the American Jewish community
that his government’s stance on “core issues” of religion and state
were challenges to Israeli democracy.

The Prime Minister explained that his government’s policies on issues
like conversion to Judaism, recognition of the Reform Movement, the
Sabbath in the public sphere, and non-Orthodox prayer at the Western
Wall were part of a long-standing tradition in Israel politics of
dealing with religion-and-state issues piecemeal.

These policies are part of “slowly evolving arrangements,” said
Netanyahu, adding that the primary driver for change was “the evolution
of the Israeli electorate,” alluding to demographic changes and the
growth of the haredi population in Israel”.

As you can see, there was never a time during the Prime Minster’s speech he mentioned Biafra. The entire publication is not only misleading and ridiculously inaccurate; it is fake and false news! The publishers achieved their desired and targeted goals. The members who read and share this false news, have no way of verifying it. Sad.

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