AIPAC Thanks Leaders, Including Obama, For 'Steadfast' Support Of Israel
09/19/12
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In a rare statement and at a time of sharp Republican criticism of President Obama's Israel record, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee thanked elected leaders including the president for "steadfast" support of Israel.

"With Israel and America facing unprecedented threats and challenges in the Middle East, we deeply appreciate the close and unshakeable partnership between the United States and Israel. President Obama and the bipartisan, bicameral congressional leadership, have deepened America’s support for Israel in difficult times," said the statement issued shortly before Rosh Hashanah started on Sunday afternoon.

"Under the leadership of Democrats and Republicans, working together, U.S.-Israel security cooperation has reached unprecedented levels," the statement said.

The statement comes during an election season in which Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, and his surrogates have repeatedly accused Obama of "throwing Israel under the bus" for differences with Israel over peacemaking with the Palestinians and more recently for not heeding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's calls to issue clear red lines Iran must not cross with its suspected nuclear weapons program, or face U.S. military action.

The AIPAC statement cites by name only two leaders: Obama and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

It emphasizes what it says is the need to further pressure Iran to end its nuclear weapons program, but stops short of calls for military action.

"As Rosh Hashanah nears, AIPAC -- its leadership and staff -- extends to Israel’s strongest supporters heartfelt appreciation for the work of this administration and Congress to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship," the statement concluded. "We stand ready to work together in the year ahead to enable both countries to meet the serious challenges we face, especially preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities."

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09/23/2012 - 06:26

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Israeli officials have been placed in a bind. They are terrified of what could happen if Obama is re-elected and are trying to make the best of a poisonous situation. Anyone who doesn’t understand that Ehud Barak and Bibi Netanyahu have coordinated their statements understands neither Israeli politics nor the relationship between these two men.

No one said Obama’s administration has denied aid to Israel (the funds come from Congress, where bipartisan support for Israel still reigns, thank G-d). The relationship between Israeli and US Intelligence and military establishments is so well entrenched, there is little Obama can do about it—although, if G-d forbid, he wins and has the “flexibility” he wants, who knows what he will do.

No one denies that relations between Obama and Jerusalem are the worst we’ve had, over the four-year period, probably since Jimmy Carter, although the Bush-Baker years were nothing to celebrate either.

The AIPAC adv is counterproductive. It also should have thanked Romney and a lot of others. Here is what Alan Dershowitz's strong supporter of Pres. Obama says that Obama should have done (this is the minimum price for praising Obama):'I’m always happy to mediate between Obama and Netanyahu' Professor Alan Dershowitz,

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