(WASHINGTON) — President Obama Friday said his administration has done more than any other to support Israel and declared his commitment to Israel’s security to be “unshakable.”
“I am proud to say that no U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel’s security than ours. None. Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise. It is a fact,” the president said at a conference of the Union for Reform Judaism.
In a campaign-style speech the president was adamant that “America’s commitment and my commitment to Israel and Israel’s security is unshakable. It is unshakable.”
Heading into the 2012 election, Republicans have attacked the president for not doing enough to support Israel. Several GOP presidential candidates have accused Obama of practicing a foreign policy of “appeasement” in the Middle East.
“On my watch, the United States of America has led the way, from Durban to the United Nations, against attempts to use international forums to delegitimize Israel. And we will continue to do so. That’s what friends and allies do for each other. So don’t let anybody else tell a different story. We have been there, and we will continue to be there. Those are the facts,” the president said.
Obama also reiterated that his administration is “going to keep up the pressure” on Iran. “Our policy has been absolutely clear: We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he said.
“That’s why we’ve worked painstakingly from the moment I took office with allies and partners, and we have imposed the most comprehensive, the hardest-hitting sanctions that the Iranian regime has ever faced. We haven’t just talked about it, we have done it. … And that’s why, rest assured, we will take no options off the table. We have been clear,” the president said.
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