Gov. Bush, This Is What A Strong Ally Of Israel Looks Like

Speaking via video at the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington, D.C. today, former Governor Jeb Bush waded into the waters of foreign policy by accusing President Obama of not being a strong ally of Israel. The full video clip can be found here:

Given Pres. Obama's record on Israel, it's puzzling to think what Gov. Bush might consider a "strong ally" of Israel to be. After all, this is a president who has:

  • Provided a record amount of foreign military financing to Israel, including a recent $1.8 billion in military support
  • Led the way in funding and supporting the research, development and production of the Iron Dome missile system
  • Strongly reaffirmed Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state
  • Supported Israel's right to defend itself during last summer's conflict with Gaza
  • Defended Israel at the United Nations and elsewhere on the world's stage
  • Fostered military cooperation so strong that then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated, "The security ties between [Israel] and the current [U.S.] administration are at the highest level they have ever been.”

Of course, it remains possible that Gov. Bush is confusing his brother's administration for Pres. Obama’s. However, Gov. Bush should know that unlike his brother, Pres. Obama has not:

  • Looked the other way as the United Nations passed a resolution attacking Israel's legitimacy
  • Offered a "frosty" reception to the Iron Dome system
  • Frozen nearly all U.S.-Israeli joint defense projects
  • Pressured Israel to allow Hamas to run in open elections, allowing the terrorist group to come to power in Gaza

Perhaps Gov. Bush should take a close look at the record to determine what a "strong ally" of Israel really looks like.