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Obama Considers Israel only "one of our closest allies in the region": Is Israel America's Closest Middle East Ally?

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President Obama told Steve Kroft in an interview for CBS's 60 Minutes that he feels obligated to help Israel because, "They're one of our closest allies in the region." Obama did not consider Israel our closest ally in the Middle East. Obama's comment reflects a policy change regarding Israel -- the only democracy in the region.

President Obama told Kroft that he feels obligated to remain in "close consultation with the Israelis" on the issue of its security and the nuclear threat posed by Iran. Obama told Kroft that we cannot allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, but didn't identify any actions or threats that America will do to prevent Iran from getting nukes.

Mitt Romney's press secretary Andrea Saul released the following statement: “Tonight on 60 Minutes, President Obama called Israel’s legitimate concern about the impact of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons ‘noise’ and referred to Israel as merely ‘one of our closest allies in the region.’ This is just the latest evidence of his chronic disregard for the security of our closest ally in the Middle East. Governor Romney's views stand in sharp contrast to the President's. Governor Romney strongly believes that Israel is our most important ally in the Middle East and that support for Israel is essential to extending freedom, peace and democracy throughout the region. As president, Governor Romney will restore and protect the close alliance between our nation and the state of Israel.”

President Obama and President Ahmedinejad referred to Israel as "making a lot of noise" to describe Israel's insistence that America help pressure the Iranians to stop their nuclear program. Coincidence? Sure -- Obama and Ahmedinejad didn't coordinate their speeches, but it should worry everyone that they share the same view toward Israel's pleas for attention in the matter.


Obama doesn't see the threat that seriously -- he downplayed the threat by making Iran sound like a schoolyard bully: "And we’ve got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel’s existence."

Obama dismissed meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu because of "time pressures," but hosted a Talk Like a Pirate Day at the White House and went on Late Night with David Letterman.

What other country does Obama consider America's closest ally in a region filled with anti-American, radical Islamic regimes? Does Obama consider the threat seriously enough? Has Obama done enough to help Israel? Should America help Israel?

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  • flrdsgns 2012/09/28 17:09:22
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    flrdsgns
    Israel probably is our closest ally in the middle east, but so what, who cares?
  • LightenUpPlease 2012/09/27 04:52:54 (edited)
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    LightenUpPlease
    perhaps our only ally, half our stock market is controlled by the Jews. we NEED them on our side or else all of middle east controls our economy plus our oil price
  • thefatguy 2012/09/26 21:40:47
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    thefatguy
    Israel is arguably our ONLY real ally in the Middle East. To the extent that any other Middle Eastern country appears to be an ally, it is only out of respect for the fact that we could turn their country into glass in a matter of minutes.
  • Transquesta 2012/09/25 20:23:33
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    Transquesta
    +2
    By any definition of the word 'ally' I understand, Israel is our ONLY ally in the middle east.
  • *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg' 2012/09/25 20:21:20
    Not Closest Ally in Middle East
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    Two Words: Saudi Arabia.
  • frank 2012/09/25 17:23:51
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    frank
    Israel is our closest friend in the Middle East with (I think) Turkey second
  • TombstoneJim 2012/09/25 16:23:42
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    TombstoneJim
    The only semi-secular, non-violent country in the entire region. The only place where Christian churches and Mosque are visible from the same location as a Synagogue....

    Mr Obama is a fool and a dullard if he thinks this nation has ANY other true allies in the region.
  • schjaz 2012/09/25 16:02:18
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    schjaz
    SUPPOSED to be our closest ally. Oblahblah's global thought turned out once again.
  • ThinkAboutIt! 2012/09/25 14:09:37
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    ThinkAboutIt!
    Obama continues to display his non-Christian attitudes.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/09/25 12:59:03
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    It really is our only ally -
  • Night71 2012/09/25 04:49:08
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    Night71
    So who is he loving more? Israel or muslim land? Both places should be giant craters. Osama, I mean Obama is a hypocrite.
  • rdmatheny 2012/09/25 04:43:19
    Not Closest Ally in Middle East
    rdmatheny
    +1
    Probably Turkey is our strongest ally with UAE strong 2nd.
  • sandra smith 2012/09/25 04:29:16
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    sandra smith
    Israel used to be our closest ally; now she's likely our ONLY ally in the middle eastern region, that is if SHE hasn't dumped us after Obama's display this past 3 3/4 years!
  • mich52 2012/09/25 04:19:05
  • ThinkAb... mich52 2012/09/25 13:47:31
    ThinkAboutIt!
    You are a cunfused 'little' (man?)
  • mich52 ThinkAb... 2012/09/25 14:56:16
  • Rust 2012/09/25 03:40:22 (edited)
  • harry abram 2012/09/25 03:07:17
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    harry abram
    +1
    Not according to Obama
  • wildcat 2012/09/25 02:40:01
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    wildcat
    absolutely
  • Mike 2012/09/25 02:20:41
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    Mike
    Without a doubt
  • Raphy 2012/09/25 02:12:43
    Not Closest Ally in Middle East
    Raphy
    +2
    I will say the Kuwait. The have oil fields and Israel has the religious field.
  • Ken 2012/09/25 02:08:05
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    Ken
    +3
    America's, but not Obama's.
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/09/25 01:51:53
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +4
    It was our closest ally, pre-Obama. Can he do anything more to alienate them? His allegiance obviously doesn't lie with Israel.
  • Lt. Fred Gracie ... 2012/09/25 02:07:36
    Lt. Fred
    +4
    Israel has alienated itself from the US, not the other way around. It's been making ridiculous, hysterical demands for territory.
  • Gracie ... Lt. Fred 2012/09/25 02:08:41
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +1
    Oh, geez, the communist is here.
  • Lt. Fred Gracie ... 2012/09/25 02:10:19
    Lt. Fred
    +4
    Interestingly, Israel was highly socialist for most of its existence. Ever heard of a kibbutzm?
  • Gracie ... Lt. Fred 2012/09/25 02:11:39
  • Lt. Fred Gracie ... 2012/09/25 02:13:32
    Lt. Fred
    +2
    The Israeli Labour Party was basically a socialist party until the 1990s. Would you condemn the Israeli Socialist state?
  • Fef Lt. Fred 2012/09/25 02:14:55
    Fef
    +4
    then socialism failed in Israel. Israelis turned free market and thrived. But we don't need to explain that socialism fails... everyone knows that, right?
  • Lt. Fred Fef 2012/09/25 02:18:40
    Lt. Fred
    +2
    When are you saying socialism failed in Israel?
  • mich52 Lt. Fred 2012/09/25 04:26:31
  • Lt. Fred mich52 2012/09/25 04:36:36
    Lt. Fred
    +1
    Firstly, there's really no need to lie. I'm not a communist.

    Secondly, Israel maintained fairly significant socialist policy for decades. The Kibutzm are still there, in fact.
  • mich52 Lt. Fred 2012/09/25 04:54:08
  • Lt. Fred mich52 2012/09/25 04:56:47
    Lt. Fred
    +1
    Oh okay, accusation withdrawn.
  • sandra ... Lt. Fred 2012/09/25 04:31:33
    sandra smith
    +1
    Really??? CIte me one NON-Muslim source for that!
  • Lt. Fred sandra ... 2012/09/25 04:39:02
    Lt. Fred
    +3
    Some nice bigotry you've got there.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-...
  • ThinkAb... Lt. Fred 2012/09/25 13:51:46
    ThinkAboutIt!
    It's a simple question. No need to play your race card.
  • Lt. Fred ThinkAb... 2012/09/26 00:20:03
    Lt. Fred
    sandra presumed that all Muslims would have a pro-Palestinian bias. In my book, that's bigotry.
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/09/25 01:37:21
    Closest Ally in Middle East
    ✞Knight of Honor
    +3
    He sure treats Israel disrespectfully for admiting that we need them.
  • Lt. Fred ✞Knight... 2012/09/25 01:44:04
    Lt. Fred
    +4
    Does the US need Israel or is it the other way around?

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