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NY Post: Obama's Israel Policies May Get Him Rejected From Golf Club

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 10:44 AM

President Barack Obama may be rejected by an elite golf club over his administration's policies towards Israel, the New York Post reports.

Obama is reportedly looking to join Woodmont Country Club in Maryland after he leaves offices, but the Posts' sources say that members at the largely Jewish club are divided over whether to accept the president after he failed to veto the United Nations Security Council vote to condemn Israel.

"In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there's this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership," a source told the Post.

Before the vote, Obama was likely to receive complimentary membership, without having to pay the $80,000 initiation fee or the $9,673 in annual dues, to the Rockville club located only miles from his new home in Washington, D.C..

Initially, the club's CEO and general manager Brian Pizzimenti welcomed Obama with open arms.

"We'd be honored to have the president at the club as a member," Pizzimenti told The Forward. "We're glad to have offered [Obama] fun and relaxation."

"Originally, this was supposed to be a back-door thing to get this done and give him the membership — free of charge — and circumvent the rules," said a source. "But now, with the UN thing, they are not in position or likely to do it."

The club may even face lawsuits if it breaks its own bylaws if it allows Obama to join.

"Can you imagine how angry I would be if I had paid $80,000 to have to look at this guy who has done more to damage Israel than any president in American history?" said one member, an official in a Jewish organization in Washington.

"After the UN vote and attack on Israel, I think it probably hurts the club. If there is a club that excludes Jews, he would probably be more comfortable around those folks."

Woodmont was founded in 1913 as a response to the country clubs that banned Jews. Obama first played there last year with his aide Joe Paulson, former Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides, and head of the private equity firm Juggernaut Capital Partners John Schulman.

 

 

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