Pro-Israel Group Praises Obama Despite Romney Criticism

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Barack Obama with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has singled out President Barack Obama for praise at a time when the Republican Party is questioning his commitment to the Jewish state.

“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,” said the statement, first reported by Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a Jewish wire service.

“President Obama and the bipartisan, bicameral congressional leadership have deepened America’s support for Israel in difficult times,” the statement, issued to commemorate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, continued.

In his nomination acceptance speech, Romney said, “President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus,” even as Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN in July, “This administration, under President Obama, is doing, in regard to our security, more than anything that I can remember in the past.”

The praise for Obama comes on the heels of a secretly recorded video of Romney at a fundraiser. He appears to dismiss 47 percent of Americans as government-dependent “victims,” and said he doubted that there would be peace between Israel and the Palestinians. “I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and I say there’s just no way,” he said on the videotape.

Romney has also criticized Obama’s actions regarding Iran, which may be seeking a nuclear weapon and has called for the destruction of Israel. Obama has been using diplomatic efforts to try to diffuse the crisis. “Hope is not a foreign policy,” Romney told the AIPAC legislative conference in March. “The only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve.”


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