Jarrod Bernstein, the White House’s new Jewish community liaison, spoke to Agudath Israel’s legislative breakfast on Monday about President Barack Obama’s pro-Israel record and what the President is doing to address the Jewish community’s concerns. Among the audience at the event were Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Agudath Israel Executive Vice President Rabbi David Zweibel said when he introduced Bernstein:
The mere fact that the president has appointed you, Jarrod, to serve as his liaison to the Jewish community speaks eloquently and it speaks volumes about how he, in fact, is deeply concerned about the well-being of our community.
‘To help insure the safety and security of Israel, we have realized unprecedented levels of military cooperation with the state of Israel,’ he said.
Bernstein said the administration’s request for $2.775 billion to aid in Israel in fiscal year 2010 was ‘the largest request in history.’
‘So, in F.Y. 2011, we requested even more,’ he said of the administration’s $3 billion request, which he tried to put in human terms.
‘We’re talking about the realization of the Iron Dome missile defense system that will be funded out of this money and it will be saving Israeli lives from rockets, wherever they come from,’ he said. ‘That is real-that is not just a number, folks, that is a real live tangible impact on Israelis’ lives.’
Bernstein also contended that the president was winning the diplomatic war over Iran’s nuclear program.
‘On Iran, the president has spent more time trying to block Iran’s nuclear ambitions than any other foreign policy issue,’ he said. ‘And it’s something that he raises every single time he’s in a room with a foreign world leader, about what more we can be doing.
‘He’s also galvanized the international community to impose the toughest set of sanctions on Iran to date. In fact, he made the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledge in the Iranian parliament how hard of a time he’s having because of the American sanctions. And that is not something you hear very often in Iran, folks.’
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