Standing ovation and applauses from Jewish community after Duterte apologizes

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During the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, October 4 at the Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year celebration at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue in Makati, he apologized to the Jewish community that prompt applause and even a standing ovation.
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"Please accept my apology. It will never happen again," Duterte said.

"That is why I am here, to say I'm sorry because I respect the Jewish people," he added.

The controversial statement of Duterte was not intended and was just a "play of the tongue," according to President.
"It was just a mental slip of the numbers of 3 [million] and Hitler's [number]. It had nothing to do with the memory of the Jews because in my country we do not tinker with memories of our ancestors. It was just a play of the tongue," he said.

Duterte said that his former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman was a descendant of an American Jew and he also said that he junked his prepared speech because it will not show his true emotion.

"For the life of me, you have never heard of a single word. As a matter of fact, my wife, Zimmerman, she was a descendant of an American Jew," said Duterte.


"I'm sorry, that's why I did not read my speech because it does not show my emotion…It cannot transmit the emotions which I would like to give to you," Duterte added making his audience laugh.

But they laughed even harder when Duterte said he would only buy defense equipment from Israel, where many in the audience hail from, instead of the United States.

"In the matters, I said of arms, I said, 'Do not buy from anyone except from Israel.' Why? Because we have excellent relations and if you send us this gadget they will not include a bug there that for them to listen also to what we're saying. If I get it from America, you are talking in secret – blah blah blah – and they are listening before you buy it," said Duterte.

He even resembled himself to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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"You have a President, Netanyahu. He does not even allow himself to be corrected in public."

"America? He does not listen to America. 'Just shut up, we have our own problem.' But can they ever chastise Netanyahu? No, he will never allow it. Me, I will not," he added.

Netanyahu is known to have uncomfortable ties with Obama.



Source: Rappler

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