President Barack Obama hit a hat trick of fundraisers in New York City last night, proclaiming at the Upper East Side home of American Jewish Congress chairman Jack Rosen “I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration.”
Naturally, this opinion was not shared by those gunning for his job.
“‘President Obama, in New York to raise campaign cash, told a group of prospective donors that ‘We don’t compromise when it comes to Israel’s security,”‘ said Mitt Romney in a statement. “That would be great news, if it were true. Unfortunately, under the Obama Administration, U.S.-Israeli relations have hit a low not seen since the Jimmy Carter years. It is not merely the way that President Obama has disparaged Israel’s prime minister in public and private. U.S. policy itself is at issue. Whether the question is peace talks with the Palestinians, or defining Israel’s borders, or keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons, the administration has repeatedly scanted Israel’s interests. Words uttered behind closed doors in a campaign fundraiser in New York are one thing. Actions that have repeatedly thrown Israel under the bus are another.”
The quip about disparaging Israel’s prime minister refers to the live-mic that caught the president nodding along to statements by French president Nicholas Sarkozy that accused Benjamin Netanyahu as being “a liar.”
Earlier this year, we looked at whether or not New York’s Jewish donors were in fact abandoning President Obama, and found out that in fact they were not, although polling numbers released since then reveal that Mr. Obama’s support among Jews across the nation has dropped (as it has in most demographic groups.)