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February 4, 2009

Israel retaliation likely as Obama envoy holds talks

Barak, in a statement, said he had told Mitchell Israel cannot accept any attack on its citizens and would act with determination against any attack by Hamas or its allies.

Referring to the President of the US by his first name is very inappropriate. This was done in the article “Israel retaliation likely as Obama envoy holds talks.”

S.A.

We did not refer to Obama by his first name. The sentence to which you refer was about Defense Minister Ehud Barak. It shouldn’t be confusing, as one is Barak and one is Barack.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak (L) gestures during his meeting with US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) in Jerusalem July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

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I agree it is very inappropriate not refer to him as President Obama.

 

DSGOURMET, how could you possibly make your comment after reading Reuters’ explanation that the original commentor was incorrect? Do you, too, not know the difference between Barak and Barack?

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How dare they insult the president by miss spelling his first name.

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