Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said in 2010, “Israel’s ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 ... a crisis of historic proportions.”
Here some more comments concerning this strained US-Israeli relationship.
- Author and scholar Dennis Prager concurred, “Most observers, right or left, pro-Israel or anti-Israel, would agree that Israeli-American relations are the worst they have been in memory.”
- In the spring of 2011, David Parsons, spokesman for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, said: “There's a traditional, special relationship between America and Israel that Obama is basically throwing out the window in a sense.”
- David Rubin, a U.S.-born Israeli author and expert on the Middle East, put it this way: “President Obama is very harmful for Israel and very dangerous for the future of Judeo-Christian civilization.”
- The author and economist Thomas Sowell asserted that Obama's relationship with Israel had been consistent with the president's pattern of “selling out our allies to curry favor with our adversaries.”
- Political analyst Charles Krauthammer observed that Obama had “undermined” Israel as a result of either his “genuine antipathy” toward the Jewish state or “the arrogance of a blundering amateur.”
- In October 2012, Israeli lawmaker Danny Danon, chairman of Likud’s international outreach branch, said that Obama had “not been a friend of Israel,” and that the President's policies had been “catastrophic.”
Despite the above comments, Obama has been a more zealous supporter of Israel than Presidents Bush and Clinton.
- Obama provided full financing and technical assistance for Israel’s Iron Dome short-range anti-rocket defense system, which is now protecting those villagers.
- Obama provided an additional $70 million to extend the Iron Dome system across southern Israel.
- US provides $3 billion in annual military assistance to Israel that the president requests and that Congress routinely approves.
- Obama has increased aid to Israel and given it access to the most advanced military equipment, including the latest fighter aircraft.
- The US and Israeli intelligences have closely coordination agencies — including the deployment of cyberweapons, as recent news reports have revealed — to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
- Obama through painstaking diplomacy, persuaded Russia and China to support harsh sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo and the cancellation of a Russian sale of advanced antiaircraft missiles that would have severely complicated any military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
- Obama secured European support for what even Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called “the most severe and strictest sanctions ever imposed on a country.”
- Obama has directed the military to prepare options for confronting Iran and has positioned forces in the Persian Gulf to demonstrate his resolve.
- Obama has assured Mr. Netanyahu that he will “always have Israel’s back.” Americans who support Israel should take the president at his word.
- Obama has been steadfast against efforts to delegitimize Israel in international forums.
- Obama has blocked Palestinian attempts to bypass negotiations and achieve United Nations recognition as a member state, a move that would have opened the way to efforts by Israel’s foes to sanction and criminalize its policies.
- The Obama administration even vetoed a Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, a resolution that mirrored the president’s position and that of every American administration since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
- Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defense Minister, said last year, “I can hardly remember a better period of American support and backing, and Israeli cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us,. . . than what we have right now.”
Ask any senior Israeli official involved in national security, and he will tell you that the strategic relationship between the United States and Israel has never been stronger than under President Obama.