Recently, a few of President Obama’s opponents have falsely suggested that the President has not been a strong ally to Israel. Mitt Romney’s alleged that President Obama has “thrown Israel under the bus.”
We’re here to set them straight. Political leaders in both the U.S. and Israel have publicly acknowledged President Obama’s support for Israel:
When asked about the Obama administration, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he “can hardly remember a better period of support.” Watch Defense Minister Barak’s remarks on the Israel-U.S. relationship under President Obama.
President of Israel Shimon Peres called President Obama “a friend of the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” saying “I don’t have any doubt about it.” You can read President Peres’ statement on President Obama here.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testified that more has been done to improve the U.S.-Israel security relationship under President Obama than at any time in his 45-year career. Read Secretary Gates’ full comments on the Obama administration’s record on Israel’s security.
President Obama believes America should continue to prioritize Israel’s security.
In a 2011 address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the President said, “The bonds between the United States and Israel are unbreakable and the commitment of the United States to the security of Israel is ironclad … It’s why we’ve increased cooperation between our militaries to unprecedented levels. It’s why we’re making our most advanced technologies available to our Israeli allies. It’s why, despite tough fiscal times, we’ve increased foreign military financing to record levels.”
It’s important that we fight back each time a GOP candidate pundit tries to misrepresent President Obama’s relationship with Israel. Take a minute today to pass on the facts to anyone who needs to hear them.