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Is Obama or Romney a better friend to Israel? Obama, friend and leader, has helped make Israel safer

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Throughout a half-century of international diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends, and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream. They tell you what you want to hear and call other people names. Friends and leaders need not rely on rhetoric or boisterous bravado. They produce results and act on principle.

President Barack Obama is such a friend and leader. In his 31⁄2 years in office, he has deepened and strengthened the relationship between the United States and Israel. And today, Obama continues to implement a comprehensive pro-Israel agenda that has made Israel safer and more secure.

5bronfman_edgarUnder Obama, U.S. financial aid to Israel is at its highest levels ever. During the past four years, Israel has avoided becoming engaged in any substantial frontal military engagements, advanced its notable economic development and remains prepared for negotiating a comprehensive peace. Obama as president has led a mutually beneficial resurgence in the exchange of strategic technology, intelligence and cooperation between U.S. armed forces and the Israel Defense Forces.

Standing by Israel, Obama opposed the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state and blocked its recognition at the United Nations. He supported Israel’s right to defend itself and confronted head-on the now-discredited Goldstone report that condemned Israeli defensive action off its coast.

He also ordered the United States to withdraw from the Durban Review Conference, which was supposed to be about racism but instead became an anti-Israel hate-fest. Obama stated unequivocally, “The United States will stand up against efforts to single Israel out at the United Nations or in any international forum.”

Going even further, Obama has taken the floor of the United Nations to declare that “Israel’s existence must not be a subject for debate” and that “efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will be met only by the unshakable opposition of the United States.”

When Fatah and Hamas joined political forces and pressured Israel to enter negotiations with them, Obama told the world that “No country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to its destruction,” concluding that “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with Palestinians who do not recognize its right to exist.”

And this is also why Obama has taken such a strong stand against the Iranian nuclear program — the single greatest threat to the State of Israel and the stability of the Middle East. After years of inaction and neglect by the Bush administration, Obama constructed an international coalition to impose the most crippling sanctions ever on the Iranian regime. These sanctions already have choked off Iran’s access to many capital markets and have had a profound effect on the way Tehran finances its nefarious operations. Covert U.S. operations targeting Iran’s nuclear infrastructure reportedly have also slowed their rate of progress.

While his opponents can talk tough on Iran, the president is doing what is necessary to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Nevertheless, despite clear facts and substantial evidence, political partisans and opponents of the president continue a coordinated campaign to distort reality in a brazen attempt to fool the public. The same type of people who called Obama a closet Muslim and claimed he was not born in the United States now exercise linguistic calisthenics to obfuscate the truth and portray the president as hostile to the Jewish state. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Not long ago, while sitting in the Oval Office, Obama looked me in the eye and said, “My commitment to Israel’s security is bone deep.” He did not have to say it. I already knew that President Obama would never forsake the Jewish state, its security and its people. His record of performance is crystal clear and the charlatans cannot change that.

My father before me actively supported Jewish communities around the world and prior to 1948 closely worked with those establishing the modern State of Israel. For more than a half-century, I have worked with successive Israeli governments and U.S. presidents — Republican and Democrat — to provide for the safety and security of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. 

My family has loved, worked, invested in and supported the State of Israel, its security and its people since before its founding. I am confident that President Obama shares our values and I shall confidently vote for him in November.


Edgar M. Bronfman
is the former CEO of the Seagram Company Ltd. and the former president of the World Jewish Congress.


Comments

Posted by craven_maven
07/27/2012  at  06:11 AM
Funny

The majority of Israelis do not see Obama as a friend.

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Posted by Frank
07/28/2012  at  11:48 PM
Shame on JWeekly

Shame on you for printing this outrageous leftist Obama-propaganda.

Obama is unequivocally the most anti-Israel president in history.  Any American Jew who does not know that has not been paying any attention.


Israel and the Jewish people are facing a second Holocaust, and if Israel does not bomb Iran’s nukes before the election, its destruction is assured - because if re-elected, Obama will have all the “flexibility” he needs to prevent Israel from attempting to save itself.

Any American Jew who fails to support Romney will have to live with his or her conscience.

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Posted by Frank
07/29/2012  at  07:18 PM
Watch Romney's Israel Policy Speech

Romney is the precise opposite of Obama ... a true friend of Israel who will not allow Iran its nuclear weapons:

http://electad.com/video/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-speech-in-jerusalem-israel-july-29-2012/

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/30/2012  at  07:55 AM
Are the 70% of Jewish Voters Who Support Obama Self-Deluded Frank & craven?

Or are you willfully ignoring the fact that Obama and Romney have taken exactly the same stance on Iran. Both have said that sanctions should be given a chance to work and both have clearly stated that the US would not let Iranian attempts to develop nuclear weaponry reach fruition.

So stop with this naive propaganda. Or is it willful ignorance of reality. Jewish voters are clearly far better informed than are the both of you.

And again, it is apparent that Romney’s stances on a woman’s right to choose, gay rights, that the economic elite shouldn’t pay more taxes, a national health program, that corporate greed should take precedence over environmental safeguards, that climate chance isn’t a reality which the world must address, etc. None of Romney’s Neanderthal, reactionary perspectives on such issues cut any ice with you. But they do resonate with a Jewish electorate which by the yardsticks of all polls say they are going to vote for Obama…

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Posted by Frank
07/31/2012  at  04:26 AM
At this fateful moment in

At this fateful moment in Jewish history, Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons.

Romney is the precise opposite of Obama ... Romney is a true friend of Israel who will not allow Iran its nuclear weapons.  Watch his speech HERE:

http://electad.com/video/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-speech-in-jerusalem-israel-july-29-2012/

Obama has a clear record of enmity toward Israel, and has been doing everything possible to undermine Israel’s ability to militarily prevent a second Holocaust. Obama’s posturing has not slowed down Iran’s nuclear weapons program “one iota”, and his disingenuous “military option” will after the election forever remain “on the table”. Romney supports and will use the “military option”, which is obviously necessary.


American Jews cannot entrust Obama to protect Jewish lives and the survival of the Jewish State of Israel.

The difference, and the fateful choice for American Jews, could not be more stark.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/31/2012  at  05:08 PM
So, Frank, You Know Better Who is Better for Israel Than...

the 70% of Jewish voters who all major polls say will vote for Obama? How privileged we are to reap the benefits of your reactionary Tea Party diatribes. Surely, you and the select few who share your absurd biases will convince our more highly educated and aware Jewish brethren…

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Posted by Frank
08/02/2012  at  03:10 AM
Jews who read JWeekly are likely to vote for Romney

Aside from the extreme left “anti-Zionist” progressive faux-“Jews”, concerned Jews who read JWeekly are likely to vote for Romney.


Intelligent Jews, no matter what their liberal politics, are aware of, dismayed and deeply concerned about Obama’s clear record of enmity toward Israel.  They know he has been doing everything possible to undermine Israel’s ability to militarily prevent a second Holocaust.

We know that Obama’s posturing has not slowed down Iran’s nuclear weapons program “one iota”, and his disingenuous “military option” will after the election forever remain “on the table” while Iran gets its nuclear weapons.

Romney supports and will use the “military option”, which is obviously necessary.


Next year in Jerusalem.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
08/02/2012  at  07:56 AM
No, Frank, J Weekly Readers are Not Likely to Vote for ANY Conservatives Let Alone Romney...

And all polls of Jews, particularly in CA, give an overwhelming plurality of their vote to Obama.

But then again, as I’ve said on the other commentary page, there are those like you and craven who apparently enjoy talking to themselves. So spout away—as they say, “It’s a free country.”

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