President Barack Obama has frequently faced criticisms from Republicans who believe that he isn’t defending Israel with the fervency that other U.S. presidents have embraced. In fact, conservative Jews have called Obama a “train wreck” and a “con man” in the past. Despite widespread criticism — especially following the president’s past call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders — Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak has nothing negative to say about the U.S. leader.
Quite the opposite, Barak praised Obama, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing, in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”
Blitzer seemed somewhat taken aback by the assessment that Obama is the most supportive in the history of relations between the U.S. and Israel. Naturally, he pressed Barak to clarify and reiterate his statement. CNN explains:
Pressed if the Obama administration has been the most supportive ever, throughout history of U.S.-Israeli relations, Barak affirmed, saying that from his recollection of President Carter forward – “the defense relation between Israel and the United States are extremely stable and good.”
Barak continued, “It doesn’t mean that we agree on everything, it’s very well known that differences between our government and the American administration about peace process about other issues, but I believe that in regard to world turmoil, in regard to Hezbollah, in regard to what happens in Syria, in regard to Iran, we basically – basically agree on the diagnosis. We don’t agree on the prognosis on some of the issues.”
In addition to offering accolades to the president, Barak also said that he sees support from both sides of the political aisle in America.
“From my point of view as defense minister [US-Israeli relations] are extremely good, extremely deep and profound,” he told Blitzer. “I can see long years of both sides of the political aisle deeply supporting the state of Israeli and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people.”
Watch the interview, below:
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