Professor Menachem Rosensaft, a distinguished Jewish communal leader, published a new op-ed in The Huffington Post in which he outlined just some of President Barack Obama’s actions to support and secure Israel. According to Rosensaft:
The Obama administration’s actual record is far more instructive than its critics’ politically inspired rhetoric in providing guidance in this year’s presidential election campaign to those of us who care about US-Israel relations. It is clear that under President Obama’s leadership, as he has repeatedly reassured both Israelis and Americans, the United States has consistently had and ‘will always have Israel’s back.’
The Obama administration has just allocated an additional $70 million to fund Israel’s Iron Dome defense system that has helped protect Israelis from rocket attacks launched against them from Gaza….
President Obama emphasized the strong US-Israel relationship when he said in his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 29, 2009 that, ‘America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable.’
US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice recently told a Florida audience that, ‘America remains deeply and permanently committed to the peace and security of the state of Israel. That commitment starts with President Obama and it is shared by us all. It is not negotiable and it never will be.’
The facts support Ambassador Rice’s contention. ... US-Israeli military and defense cooperation and coordination have never been stronger or closer.
‘Four years ago,’ President Obama said at the March 2012 policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, ‘I stood before you and said that, “Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable.” That belief has guided my actions as president.’...
As former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said publicly several weeks ago, President Obama is truly ‘a friend of Israel.’ Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, for one, is similarly convinced ‘of the president’s firm commitment to the security of the State of Israel.’
If past is prologue, Americans—both Jews and non-Jews—devoted to and concerned about Israel can vote to reelect President Obama in November with an absolutely clear conscience.
Click here to read Rosensaft’s full op-ed.
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