"The bottom line is that President Obama has been a steadfast supporter of the Jewish State -- and numerous Israeli leaders have spoken out publicly to agree,” DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.
Biden said “the United States policy under President Obama is not one of containment.” Under previous administrations, Biden said the U.S. was neither respected by allies nor feared by opponents — a situation that made it difficult to apply pressure on rogue regimes such as Iran.
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."
The closest Obama came this week to criticizing Israel was to obliquely warn against “loose talk of war.” Instead, Obama and his supporters have focused on the positives. At the top of that list is what the president and his surrogates say is unprecedented military assistance and cooperation with Israel.
Praise for Obama’s policies toward Israel is nothing new for Barak and Peres, but the timing of their recent acclaim is significant given Romney’s theme that the president isn’t pro-Israel.
Israel’s former prime minister and current Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently said, “this administration, under President Obama, is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”
“Every single commitment I have made to the state of Israel and its security, I have kept,” Obama told The Atlantic magazine. “Why is it that despite me never failing to support Israel on every single problem that they’ve had over the last three years, that there are still questions about that?”
Obama visited Israel in 2008, as a presidential candidate, but thus far has not visited the Jewish state during his presidential term. So we wondered how Obama’s record compares to other presidents — and whether that matters.
It also pledges a U.S. veto of "any one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council" and outlines U.S. support for an expanded Israeli role in NATO, increased intelligence cooperation and increased training for Israel's air force.
As Obama signed the bill at his desk in the Oval Office, he said it underscored his administration's "unshakeable commitment" to Israel's security. Congress passed the legislation last week with broad support from Republicans and Obama's Democrats.
President Barack Obama signed a measure on Friday to strengthen U.S.-Israeli military ties, a move that could score points with American Jewish voters on the eve of Republican rival Mitt Romney's highly publicized visit to Israel.