With Romney on his way, Obama approves new aid to Israel

posted at 5:21 pm on July 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Last week, with heavy bipartisan support, Congress passed a bill affirming various routes of strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Israel. Earlier today, President Obama signed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, as well as authorizing $70 million in military assistance — affording him the perfect opportunity to try and counter some of the barbs coming his way from the staunchly pro-Israel crowd in light of Mitt Romney’s trip overseas. See, guys — he has done something concrete!

The legislation “underscores our unshakeable commitment to Israel,” Obama said as he signed it into law in the Oval Office. He also announced an additional $70 million in military aid intended to support the expansion of Israel’s short-range rocket defense system, Iron Dome. …

“As many of you know, I have made it a top priority for my administration to keepen cooperation with Israel across the whole spectrum of security issues, intelligence, military, technology,” Obama said Friday. “In many ways what this legislation does is bring together all the outstanding cooperation that we have seen really at an unprecedented level between our two countries to underscore our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.” …

“I hope that as I sign this bill once again everybody understands how committed all of us are, Republicans and Democrats, as Americans to our friends in making sure that Israel is safe and secure,” he said.

The Romney camp has been steadily accusing Obama’s White House of being less-than-steadfast in their attitude toward Israel, and let’s all hope that Romney’s visit to Israel will be perhaps a wee bit smoother than his his somewhat clumsy social graces in London — but, according to BuzzFeed anyway, all this back-and-forth may very well be just for the benefit of America’s very vocal pro-Israel factions. Who knows what the consensus might be, but at least a few senior Israeli officials don’t see many consequential differences in Romney and Obama’s actual policies:

“What’s important for us is policy — and we have little to criticize about what President Obama has done, and what Mitt Romney promises to do,” said one top security official who would only discuss American politics on the condition of anonymity.

Other current and former Israeli officials interviewed by BuzzFeed this week echoed a similar sentiment.

While Romney has accused Obama of allowing “daylight” between the White House and Israeli leaders and pledging to make Israel a stop on his first presidential foreign trip, Israelis say they are flattered by the attention, but don’t see a major difference in the outcome of the election.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s relationship with Obama may at times be icy, but “it works,” said a diplomatic official.

Hmm. I see what they mean: Israel enjoys bipartisan support in America while our president and his challenger fight to show who can be a better BFF to the Jewish state; where’s the downside? But Krauthammer maintains that Obama’s longtime attitude toward Israel hasn’t been quite as rosy as the White House is trying to paint it:

And then there is Israel, the most egregious example of Obama’s disregard for traditional allies. Obama came into office explicitly intent on creating “daylight” between himself and Israel, believing that by tilting toward the Arabs, they would be more accommodating. …

In Israel, Romney will undoubtedly say nothing new. He’ll just reiterate his tough talk on Iran’s nuclear program. But I suspect he’ll let the Israelis know privately that, contrary to the conventional wisdom that his hawkishness signals his readiness to attack Iranian nuclear facilities, his real intent is to signal that, unlike Obama, he is truly committed to permitting Israel to do what it needs to defend itself. This will be welcome news to a nation that has never asked anyone to fight on its behalf, just a green light to defend itself without impediments or veiled threats from its friends.


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Jealous tiny man, this Obama

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Make sure Obama visits Israel, if at all, as a private citizen.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Does Romney get to present the $70 million check to Bibi?

Steve Z on July 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Teh-heh…surely they love Israel.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

…does Jay Carney know where to send the check?

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

The legislation “underscores our unshakeable commitment to Israel,” Obama said as he signed it into law in the Oval Office. He also announced an additional $70 million in military aid intended to support the expansion of Israel’s short-range rocket defense system, Iron Dome. …

Signed on a trash can lid, after a lengthy dinner.
We know where your loyalties lay, bow boy.

AllahsNippleHair on July 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

What if Israel rejects Obama-Aid?

Key West Reader on July 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

So we send them $70 million, but send Israel’s enemies billions? Makes sense.

nazo311 on July 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Well isn’t that conveeeenient.

Rational Thought on July 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Meanwhile, back on planet REALITY, obama continues to be a sworn enemy of Israel, Judaism and the Jewish people.

Pork-Chop on July 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Make sure Obama visits Israel, if at all, as a private citizen.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I hope they deny him a visa.

For ‘security considerations’, of course.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

…does Jay Carney know where to send the check?

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Well played.

Kataklysmic on July 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Somehow I just knew bho/team would come up with something like this when they learned Mitt was going to Israel. I bet they have been working 24/7 since the news came out to discredit Mitt’s visit? But, Bibi is WAY smarter than bho gives him credit and know a con artist when he sees one and bho is about as con as you get!

What next aid to Poland?
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letget on July 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Romney: “–And we are already getting important changes, and I haven’t even been elected yet. President Obama, in response to my trip over here, just today made sure to sign …”

Axe on July 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Jealous tiny man, this Obama.

How much of it will wind up in the hands of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority?

Where Obama wanted and slated it to go in the first place.

Good catch, Schadenfreude!

Jack Deth on July 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Jesus Christ. Who’s the old man seated at the desk?

MadisonConservative on July 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I just heard something on the news to the effect that Obama is going to Israel too..is this true?

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Is this another executive order, or is it by an act of Congress?

Obama hates being upstaged, and it’s fun seeing Mitt force his hand.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The WH marxist support among jews must be dropping.

bgibbs1000 on July 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Kind of a nice windfall for Israel. I wonder if they would loan us some money.

a capella on July 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

This bill has been around a long time, and they just “happen” to pass it right now. Found in the language of the actual bill:

(1) in the matter preceding the first proviso, by striking ‘September 30, 2011’ and inserting ‘September 30, 2015’; and

(2) in the second proviso, by striking ‘September 30, 2011’ and inserting ‘September 30, 2015’.

Yep, you read it right. This is something scraped out of a dusty file cabinet somewhere, had the dust blown off it for the reelection of the obamessiah. Such a cynical bunch, to withhold this until it was politically convenient.

RushBaby on July 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

1. The 0bama internal polls on Jewish voters must be HORRENDOUS!

2. What is the over under on 0bama being completely (& falsely) grey by the second debate?

3. 0bama hit the gays, the Hispanics, the women, and now the Jews, what will be next week’s pander group?

jukin3 on July 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

“… Israelis say they are flattered by the attention, but don’t see a major difference in the outcome of the election.”

O_o

If Obowma gets re-elected…

… you will.

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

3. 0bama hit the gays, the Hispanics, the women, and now the Jews, what will be next week’s pander group?

jukin3 on July 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Anyone with a student loan…

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Why are we subsiding a country that has the same living standard as us? I don’t know how any one can call themselves a fiscal conservative and have anything to do with the financial support of well off country that competes against our manufacturers.

aniptofar on July 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

obama reminds me of the head cheerleader running for secretary of my high school sophomore class.

crash72 on July 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Let’s put this in context…

That’s less than 1/2 an F-35 fighter($197M)!

KenInIL on July 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I just found this article. It says bho will visit Israel in second term if re-elected? It is dated today but it was posted days ago on Drudge.

http://www.examiner.com/article/curious-timing-for-obama-visit-to-israel
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letget on July 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Once again the only transparency of this administration is how obvious he is in his pimping and sucking up.

tru2tx on July 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Love to be a fly on the wall with any private meeting between Bibi and Mitt. “Hope you kick his arse back to Kenya” comes to mind.

hillsoftx on July 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

“He also announced an additional $70 million in military aid intended to support the expansion of Israel’s short-range rocket defense system, Iron Dome.”

No, Obama corrected himself and announced it was $70 billion dollars. Why do you take Obama out of context, Politico, and not let him correct himself when he thinks he’s wrong?

Sheesh, no wonder Obama complains he’s always being taken out of context about what he said.

:)

Dusty on July 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Maybe King Obama will will reinstate the missile defense treaty he broke with Poland and the Czech Republic too.

JPeterman on July 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I just found this article. It says bho will visit Israel in second term if re-elected? It is dated today but it was posted days ago on Drudge.

http://www.examiner.com/article/curious-timing-for-obama-visit-to-israel
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letget on July 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I had heard that too…but a reporter on the local news station did a run down of the news and said the President had decided to go to Israel..as in soon. Maybe they were just wrong. It happens.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Why are we subsiding a country that has the same living standard as us? I don’t know how any one can call themselves a fiscal conservative and have anything to do with the financial support of well off country that competes against our manufacturers.

aniptofar on July 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

What does their income level have to do with the wisdom of supporting them or not?

sharrukin on July 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

3. 0bama hit the gays, the Hispanics, the women, and now the Jews, what will be next week’s pander group?

jukin3 on July 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Anyone with a student loan…

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I bet you are right.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Anyone with a student loan…

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

YAY

Axe on July 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

..most transparent administration ever. You can see right through these clowns.

The War Planner on July 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Anyone listen to Rush today? He made the PERFECT statement that Teh Won’s admin is spending vicariously and as fast as they can….to continue to put us all into the poverty level. Sorry, I don’t believe that Teh Won’s signature did this. I will bet dollars to donuts that at least 3/4 of this money is going into the demons coffers…..Teh Won says one thing and we find out he’s done another….just sayin…. *ugh* I pray I’m wrong……

sicoit on July 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

God you a lot of you folks really are conspiracy people, huh? Multiple comments about how this was engineered by 0bama to counter Romney’s, but this is something congress passed. Did axelrod call up the house republicans to coordinate too in the last few days? They can do that? Get congress to create a pass a bill in days from the White House at will? Geez, I’m surprised so little ever gets done beyond naming post offices and sending checks to Israel, the two things that never get filibustered.

Boomer_Sooner on July 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

…..to keepen cooperation…..

Typo, ? If not, WTH does that mean and did Teh Won actually say this and put it into print????? *pfffffttttt*

sicoit on July 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Make sure Obama visits Israel, if at all, as a private citizen.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

T.H.I.S!

The War Planner on July 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Why are we subsiding a country that has the same living standard as us? I don’t know how any one can call themselves a fiscal conservative and have anything to do with the financial support of well off country that competes against our manufacturers.

aniptofar on July 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Same reason we pay for Europe’s military. And much of Taiwan’s. And South Korea. And parts of Latin America… Money carefully spent, together with perceived strength, created the last century’s Pax Americana. Unless you’re a commie, why end that?

ChicagoJewishGuy on July 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

[RushBaby on July 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM]

LMAO.

Dusty on July 27, 2012 at 5:56 PM

What I think really worries Obama is the question, “What is Mitt discussing with these heads of state? What is he saying to them that I’m not privy to know?”

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Bad news, Barry: I think everyone knows you’re trying to suck up and steal the moment. Bibi can’t stand you and everyone knows it. He actually is personal friends with Mitt. They worked together in consulting.

I guess when people work together, they learn a lot about each other. It’s a shame you never got a real job, Barry. From what we hear, you are not a real people person, so it probably would not have helped you.

Philly on July 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The bill was introduced at the beginning of March and of the 72 co-sponsor, 35 are Republicans, just 2 independents shy of half, that’s a hell of a long con folks. They must be pretty prescient to have known Ole’ Mitt was gonna be heading to Israel at right the right time and had a hell of a lot of republicans on board with the scheme.

Oh right, I know, I know, those Republicans were just duped by the evil genius of destruction that is the 0bama white house. Sorry.

/

Boomer_Sooner on July 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Why are we subsiding a country that has the same living standard as us? I don’t know how any one can call themselves a fiscal conservative and have anything to do with the financial support of well off country that competes against our manufacturers.

aniptofar on July 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

No matter what people think of supporting Israel it needs to be noted that they are our friends AND they are surrounded by millions and millions of people who want to kill them. This is really not that difficult. You probably need a geography class to start.

See that little orange sliver surrounded by Muslim filled countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt,Jordan. Lebanon, Turkey, Syria , Iraq, Iran, ETC ETC ETC and ETC .

There are about 5 million Jews in Israel(out of about 8 M total-including about 1 million muslims). Saudi Arabia alone has 26 million people. Syria has over 20 million.

Yeh I can see why we want to come to their aid.

CW on July 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

A vote for Obama is a vote against Israel.

Israel knows this. Conservative Jews know this, “Liberal” Zionists are quickly coming to the same conclusion.

CiLH1 on July 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Feeling like you’re under duress, Barry?

86 on July 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

3. 0bama hit the gays, the Hispanics, the women, and now the Jews, what will be next week’s pander group?

jukin3 on July 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Anyone with a student loan…

Seven Percent Solution on July 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I bet you are right.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

in the meantime mitts in europe bashing the brits. now on the israel, where in order to make amends, he will proclaim that, the old jerusalem is so much better than the new jersalem.

renalin on July 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

What I think really worries Obama is the question, “What is Mitt discussing with these heads of state? What is he saying to them that I’m not privy to know?”Liam on July 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Could it be that Bibi, et al don’t trust the WH to keep a secret?

a capella on July 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

ritalin on July 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Still a loser with no life. You find meaning in being the anti-mitt . I bet mom’s proud.

CW on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

ritalin on July 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Still a loser with no life. You find meaning in being the anti-mitt . I bet mom’s proud.

CW on July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I see what you did there…..tee hee! ;)

sicoit on July 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Teh Won is sooooooooooo FOS! Imagine, it’s sooooo apparent that Teh Won did this in time with Mitt’s visit to Israel…..spare me…..and of course, (little howdy-doody) Jay Carney is backin him up. I can not wait for NOVEMBER! ugh

sicoit on July 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Khalidi tape…STAT!

OxyCon on July 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

♪♫

Little Bammie:

It’s all about me!
It’s all about me!
What else can it be,
But all about me!

♪♫

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Heh, Where was Mittens during Arab Spring? He certainly didn’t need to campaign…

socalcon on July 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

OBAMA = POS

PeaceAtAllCosts on July 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

“With Romney on his way, Obama approves new aid to Israel”

Romney to expect a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize now?

socalcon on July 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Only the fools will be fooled by the King of Fools — Barack Hussein Obama.

FlatFoot on July 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Does this mean Obama also plans to return the Europoean missile defense shield to Poland and the Czech Republic, the one he abandoned on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland?

de rigueur on July 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Does this mean Obama also plans to return the Europoean missile defense shield to Poland and the Czech Republic, the one he abandoned on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, before Romney gets there?

de rigueur on July 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

FIFM

de rigueur on July 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Obama will visit Israel in second term? ha

funny he visited all the Arab states
extreme Muslims are forbidden to set foot in Israel

he’s re-elected – he never goes

audiotom on July 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Romney should say that if that’s all it takes to get The Dog Eater to do right by Israel, he’ll visit more often.

edshepp on July 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

israel is getting some Obama stash? Get out of here!

kenny on July 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM

In the meantime, those dastardly Zionist Jews in Israel have managed to reverse ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)- and are working on using the same methodology to combat MS and Parkinsons – in Jerusalem, no less!

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/mir-rosh-yeshiva-recovery-just-the-beginning-of-israels-stem-cell-miracles/2012/07/23/

honsy on July 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM

We shouldn’t give a single cent to Israel or any other country.

Dante on July 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

We shouldn’t give a single cent to Israel or any other country.

Dante on July 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Idea: the POTUS goes on TV and publicly announces that only the few nations that supported us in Iraq/Afghanistan get taxpayer-funded aid of any kind. The rest can go pound sand because we are this close to bankruptcy.

MelonCollie on July 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

does Jay Carney know where to send the check?

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

well, he knows three places called Jerusalem :-)…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

We shouldn’t give a single cent to Israel or any other country.

Dante on July 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

they should give you a lot of cents to shut the heck up…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

We shouldn’t give a single cent to Israel or any other country.

Dante on July 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

oh, and genius, a lot of the so aid that we give to israel are used to buy our jets, including a $2.75 billion agreement to buy 19 F-35 jets, which was signed in October 2010…so go figure whose economy that helps…not that any of this would ever get through that thick head of yours…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Obummber hasn’t found the time” to visit Israel in his 4 years in office..so he decides to vote ‘present” with our tax dollars…and try to steal some of Romney’s thunder..

.and when Carney is pressed to “confirm” that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel…he votes “present” as Obummer’s proxy

How one single Jewish person in this country could vote for his re-election is beyond reason….

Is there anything beneath this putz?

LaRepublican on July 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I’m surprised they were able to get the still picture. I’ll bet Obama’s hand was shaking so much trying to keep from signing it they probably took multiple copies until one came out well.

TulsAmerican on July 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Does Obama think showing support for Israel improves his chances for reelection? I would hope he’s not that naive.

rickv404 on July 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM

We shouldn’t give a single cent to Israel or any other country.
Dante on July 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

This view does make a lot of sense.

Sherman1864 on July 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

israel rocks! palin rocks! mittens sux!
America needs conservatives in charge for a change (and mittens milquetoast ain’t one of them)!

Pragmatic on July 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

With Romney on his way, Obama approves new aid to Israel

Now that we know what it takes……Please Governor Romney….visit NASA next.

Tim_CA on July 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM