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Obama re-affirms US support for Israel

2012-07-20 10:01

West Palm Beach - US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that his nation's staunch support for Israel was not up for partisan debate as he hit the campaign trail in swing state Florida.

Obama also reiterated his condemnation for what he called the "barbaric" bomb attack on a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria that left six dead and which the Jewish state has blamed on Iran.

"I want everybody to know, under my administration, we haven't just preserved the unbreakable bond with Israel, we have strengthened it," Obama told a mainly elderly audience at a campaign event in West Palm Beach.

"We stood by Israel's side in the face of criticism. Our military and intelligence co-operation have never been closer," he said, pointing out it was a "great moment of uncertainty in the Middle East".

"Now's the time to make sure that we're 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 Democratic issue."

Florida, a key battleground state in the race for the White House, has many Jewish voters. A study conducted by the University of Connecticut last year said the state was home to 10% of the Jewish American population.

Obama's Republican rival Mitt Romney said at a January debate of his party's presidential contenders that the Democratic incumbent "threw Israel under the bus" in terms of his stance on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Comments
  • Crapdetector - 2012-07-20 10:30

    Of course the US would back a country stolen from its rightful owners to further their own cause, they do the exact same thing!

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-20 10:37

      Rightful owners?

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-20 10:54

      Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa's apartheid policies, said in 1961 that "The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_and_the_apartheid_analogy

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 11:26

      I actually wish they would finish off the Hamas and Hisbulla Palestinians for good.

      Jeremy.Traygon.Opperman - 2012-07-20 11:53

      Devon Riley - You are the typical supporter. Wishing death on your fellow man, well done - well done. Luckily the conscious out number your kind and its just a matter of time before you and all your wonderful people will pretend you were against the Israeli inflicted negativity all along.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 12:59

      His village will rue having lost their idiot!

  • paco.rodriguez.9210 - 2012-07-20 11:01

    Obama is a spineless coward just like the swines he supports

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-07-20 20:51

      Just want to point out that no-one bothers to reply to your rubbish comments - ever.

      rickcir - 2012-07-21 23:06

      Obama is the worst President in the history of the United States. People who say the opposite only think that way until they are shown or discover the truths of which he has done in the US.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-20 11:13

    Zion!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-07-20 11:16

    Ki ki ki...no wonder all emerging countries and some european countries are showing signs of hostilities towards big daddy US's spoilt brat Israel, since the limited defence capable emerging countries can't avenge US's wrong doings, they got to tag team against its spoilt kid. Just praying that the next coming recession doesnt leave US ship under the sea which inturn would leave Israel like Soviet's spoilt brat Nkorea or Cash strapped cuba.

  • rudie.stoltz - 2012-07-20 11:58

    A Year ago major oil and gas finds was made in Israel. This is the reason for this reaffirment. The president of Russia visited Israel in July this year 2012. The arabs are running out of oil and Israel on discovered possibly the largest oil field in the world. Who's friend would you rather be ?

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-20 12:17

      Israel's friend.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-07-20 20:59

      If that were true, then I might convert from athaeism back to beleiving in god. Nah.

  • Boos - 2012-07-20 12:24

    Have any of you Jew haters any idea what you are talking about ?? Israel is a small little speck on the world map... Less than one sixth of a percent the size of it's Arab neighbors. The world powers that drew Israel's borders in the mid 1900's are the very same powers that drew the borders of the surrounding Arab nations, yet many (maybe most) Arabs in the region (and maybe globally) rejects Israels right to exist... If you reject Israel's 1948 borders then you MUST also reject the surrounding Arab nations' borders sense the same powers put those in place ... So please for the love of all thats good, if you don't not know your FACTS (and no - propaganda is not based on fact), STHU !

  • david.m.stephens.3 - 2012-07-20 12:44

    Israel....God's chosen people are always the center of world attention, not a day goes by when they are not in the news for some reason or another. Geographically they are at the center of the world, all of the world both east and west are drawn towards it. In the west we write from east to west and in the east they do the opposite. They had occupied that land from the time of Abraham and in 70 A.D general Titus of the Roman Empire destroyed the temple and laid Jerusalem flat, hence the Jewish people were scattered across the face of the earth. There is a prophecy in Ezekiel which asks 'can a nation be born in a day?' This is exactly what happened in 1948 when the UN declared Israel a sovereign state. This after what? After Hitler's heinous slaughter of 6 million Jews...ask yourself, why was he specifically targeting the Jews? Because like it or not people, you have to make biblical reference to this because as Gods chosen people, the devil is trying to wipe them off the face of the planet. America is secure as long as it continues to support Israel, any nation which does'nt is sure to suffer Gods wrath. Look at what has happened in RSA over the past few weeks...tornadoes, snow, floods, drought etc. All because of your govt's opinion concerning Israel. They are God's people, His plans for them have not changed because of the church's existance. We must pray for them always, that they would receive Christ as their Lord and

      ghengis.khan.585 - 2012-07-20 13:28

      Please explain exactly what is 'Gods Chosen People' - So Jews are more special to God than other people like say Chinese, Russians, South African's?

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-20 13:37

      Ghengis, they are using religion to justify their system of apartheid and oppression of the people of Palestine. Because they are so special.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-07-20 13:46

      What a load of bollocks

      david.m.stephens.3 - 2012-07-20 14:16

      @ghengis.khan.585...the term 'Gods chosen people' refers to the fact that they are the people God has taken as His own from ancient times when He called Abraham. However Gods dealings are no longer restricted to Israel since the death of Christ and the spread of the Gospel. All the same as God's chosen people, Israel is the place that Christ will come back to and where He will set up the head quarters of His earthly kingdom. We as all believers are called out to be seperate from the rest of world, and the Jews were Gods first called out people through whom He would bring salvation to the rest of the world 'because salvation is of the Jews'. @adam.jackson.18007...thanks very much for your comment and information, much appreciated.

      The-Azanian - 2012-07-20 14:27

      Stop playing by God...troll. US is not God, its a broke indebted North American country trying its best to keep Middle-east divided inorder to secure its interests. When Middle-east terror and oil business lose steam we'll wonder if Israilis will still be US chosen people...

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 14:41

      Poor God, used and abused by mere mortals to justify their theft!

      The-Azanian - 2012-07-20 14:43

      oh david...where did you get that rubbish. You are like those protestants(law makers in US) that believe that before jesus come back jews will still be practising judaism while everyone has converted to christianity...and God will bring winds and storms of terror to Israel leaving them with no hope but to run to jesus for salvation...the world is tired of lies, manipulation and rudeness...grow up please and start reading the bible correctly.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-07-20 21:09

      Sorry, but this 'gods chosen people' is a load of crap, and does more to creat anti-semitism than to support Israel and Jews. We are a nation under threat - constant threat. And this is always a recipe for dynamic national rejuvenation. Israel is strong and powerful, only because it needs to be in order to survive in a hostile neighborhood. Coupled with the fact that Jews in general have had to compete individually under these same circumstances for over 2000 years of Jewish existence. Coupled with the fact that all the gentle jews are dead thanks to the holocaust, and those that remain are the progeny of those that survived - survivors and innovators. The goys made us who we are, and for that we give special thanks to you, and not to any god.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-07-20 14:14

    Does the fact that one has roots in a theoretic specific location mean that their brains and thinking capacity has to be that of the ancient dwellers that used to live...sic. I hate it when one uses God to justify mud as water.

      david.m.stephens.3 - 2012-07-20 14:57

      @Azanian...The Israelis were Gods chosen people many centuries before America was born and they always will be, regardless of America's existance or not. Because God is their defender not anyone else, though presently they do not believe this. Gods not being used to justify mud as water, its simply differentiating the truth as it is from one's own opinion or way of seeing a situation. Would you think the same if we were talking about the Khoi-San, who live the same now as they have for hundreds of years? And who have ancestoral claim to much of the southern central part of Africa...

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-07-20 21:13

      Thanks, but no thanks David. Please stick to your bible-thumping and leave us out of your equation. Your support is appreciated but please do not make us more special than we already are. You did that to your jesus and see what became of him.

  • jerzy.bondov.5 - 2012-07-20 17:14

    What about the other 90% of Florida residents who aren't jews. I dont see him pandering to their demands or kissing their a$$e$.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-07-20 21:14

      What a stupid comment.

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