WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) released a person-on-the-street video of Israelis thanking President Barack Obama for his tremendous support for Israel—particularly his unprecedented leadership on multilayered missile defense.
“President Barack Obama’s strong support for Israel has been recognized by Israeli leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, as well as many pro-Israel leaders here in the United States,” said David A. Harris, President and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council. “Today, we’re hearing what Israelis living on the front lines think.”
This video montage features Israelis in both Sderot and Jerusalem praising Obama for helping Israel, especially for his leadership in funding the crucial “Iron Dome” missile defense system.
Video excerpts from interviews with Israelis include:
“Sderot is important to him. The Jewish people are important to him. The State of Israel is important to him. … Obama is sympathetic to our problems and he supports the protection of the citizens of Israel,” said Sasson Sara, resident of Sderot.
“I trust President Obama. There is no doubt in my mind (that) he knows what he is doing,” said David Segev, resident of Sderot.
“Before the Iron Dome I was afraid to fall asleep because every time the siren went off, I knew I had to run to safety. Now, with the Iron Dome existing, I am a lot less fearful,” said Chaim Yosef, resident of Sderot.
Link to the video: http://youtu.be/Blxy5hF09v4
0:22 Sasson Sara, resident of Sderot: “Sderot is important to him. The Jewish people are important to him. The State of Israel is important to him.”
0:27 David Segev, resident of Sderot: “I trust President Obama. There is no doubt in my mind (that) he knows what he is doing.”
0:31 Chaim Yosef, resident of Sderot: “Before the Iron Dome I was afraid to fall asleep because every time the siren went off, I knew I had to run to safety. Now, with the Iron Dome existing, I am a lot less fearful.”
0:43 Albert Tsadikov, resident of Sderot: “We know that as long as President Obama is in office, we can sleep peacefully and worry free.”
0:51 Jacob Dahan, resident of Sderot: “At first, we were not so certain about Obama. But, fortunately for us, we had a pleasant surprise. (A few) months before the election he visited us here in Sderot. I saw him in my neighborhood. He listened to our concerns and problems. He was very sympathetic towards us. He (saw) the rocket pieces that were shot at us.”
1:14 Sara: “Obama is sympathetic to our problems and he supports the protection of the citizens of Israel.”
1:24: “He is a good fit for the Jews. He is perfect.”
1:26: “I hope that he will succeed. You can count on him. He is a very bright man.”
1:31: “He cares about us. No complaints. It is a lie if someone said he doesn’t care about us.”
1:35: “He does exactly what he is supposed to.”
1:38 Gur: “Israel’s best friend is undoubtedly Barack Obama. I’m rooting for the guy.”
1:43: “I like him very much.”
1:45: “He is good for both Jews and Americans.”
1:49 Gur: “I’d like to see him in office for another four years. I want to see him in the White House.”
1:54: “He has helped us in many situations.”
2:11 Pinchas Amar, resident of Sderot: “Thank you Mr. Obama about everything!”
2:16 Dahan: “Mr. Obama, thank you very much. And Good Luck!”
2:17 Tsadikov: “I want to thank you President Obama from all the citizens of Sderot for supporting us. And I want to wish you Good Luck.”
2:28: “I give him my blessing and I hope my blessing is acknowledged.”
2:36 Segev: “Thank you and good luck. President Obama. And I hope he will be re-elected.”