Palestine solidarity demonstration in Dearborn, Michigan (near Detroit) holding banner calling for Obama to work toward ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The 5,000- strong protest was held on December 30, 2008. (Photo: Alan Pollock)., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Obama: Our funding for Israel historical
Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:52AM GMT
US President Barack Obama spoke at the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism at National Harbor, Maryland on December 16, 2011.
The US president takes pride in his administration's having contributed the most generous cash handouts to the Israeli regime in history in the face of dire economic conditions.
Speaking at the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism, a US representative group, at National Harbor, Maryland on Friday, Barack Obama said, “I'm proud that even in these difficult times we've fought for and secured the most funding for Israel in history,” read a transcript of his speech, which appeared on Chicago Sun-Times paper.
“America's commitment and my commitment to Israel and Israel's security is unshakeable,” he noted.
“I am proud to say that no US administration has done more in support of Israel's security than ours. None. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. It is a fact.”
The comments came amid nationwide Occupy protests across the United States, which have been raging on since September 17 in protest at 'corporate greed' and high-level corruption in the country.
“We will keep standing with our Israeli friends and allies just as we've been doing when they needed us most,” Obama said.
His remarks also came at a time, when the commander-in-chief could do with Israeli support in the presidential elections of 2012.
The US president was due to meet with Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak on the sidelines of the Jewish community conference.
The US and Israel have each considered the other to be its most strategic ally.
Washington has invariably stonewalled the United Nations actions against Tel Aviv. It also provides Tel Aviv with nearly USD 3 billion in military aid each year.
The unsparing backing on the part of the United States continues in the face of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian lands, acts of aggression against the Palestinians, and its crippling siege on Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip.