By Patrick Goodenough
“‘I Have Israel’s Back,’ Obama Tells Jewish Lobby: ‘No Options Off the Table’ on Iran”
An election year battle to convince American voters that President Obama has been a steadfast friend of Israel – or alternatively, that he’s been the most anti-Israel president in decades – heated up at the weekend, coinciding with Obama’s address to the a pro-Israel conference ahead of a White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Obama urged the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, D.C., to disregard Republican criticism of his record, citing arms sales to Israel and what he characterized as robust support for Israel at the United Nations. . . .
Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matthew Brooks said the strong rhetoric did not match his administration’s “weak record.”
“Obama’s deeds include unprecedented pressure on Israel not to build in its eternal capital of Jerusalem, cutting critical military aid to joint U.S.-Israel missile defense program in a time of need, adopting as U.S. policy the Palestinian demand that Israel accept ‘1967 borders with land swaps’ as the basis for a final settlement, and failing to holding Palestinian leaders accountable for their refusal to keep their peace-process commitments,” he said. Click here to continue reading.