— by David Streeter
Ever since President Barack Obama was reelected last week, a number of people have speculated-and fear mongered-about the future of U.S.-Israel relations. In response, veteran pro-Israel activist Steve Sheffey dedicated this week’s edition of the Chicagoland Pro-Israel Political Update to debunking the fear mongering, which can be read here.
But beyond Sheffey’s analysis, some key items have occurred in the past few days that indicate the U.S.-Israel relationship will remain strong and healthy during President Obama’s second term:
- Israeli leaders congratulated the President on his victory. Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the “strategic alliance between Israel and the U.S. is stronger than ever” and told the President his election was “a vote of confidence in your leadership.”
- On Sunday, President Obama urged the Palestinians to stop circumventing negotiations and give up their plans to pursue a state unilaterally through the United Nations.
- On Monday, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon continued the ongoing strategic dialogue with Israel by meeting his Israeli counterpart for talks regarding Iran, Syria, and the other regional challenges facing Israel.
Quite simply, the distortions and wild speculation from the past few days do not match the actions coming from the President and his Administration-not to mention the words of Israel’s leaders.