— by Max Samis
Speaking at an event in West Palm Beach, FL, President Barack Obama took an opportunity to reassert the United States’ steadfast commitment to the State of Israel, emphasizing that support for the Jewish state goes far beyond partisan politics. Obama told the crowd that support for Israel is “not a Republican or a Democratic issue. That is an issue of how we work with one of our closest allies in the world that shares our values and believes in democracy.”
And we’ve strengthened our alliances and stood with countries that shared our values. I know a lot of people in this community care about the state of Israel-and we are heartbroken-and it’s an important time to talk about this because of these barbaric attacks that happened in Bulgaria-young people being killed because of this ruthless terrorist attack. And I want everybody here to know, under my administration, we haven’t just preserved the unbreakable bond with Israel; we have strengthened it.
We’ve stood by Israel’s side in the face of criticism. Our military and intelligence cooperation has never been closer. And obviously this is a moment of great uncertainty in the Middle East given what’s happening in Syria and what’s happening in other places. So now is the time to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect Israel’s security. And I want you to know that that’s something that should transcend party. That’s not a Republican or a Democratic issue. That is an issue of how we work with one of our closest allies in the world that shares our values and believes in democracy.