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Commitment

Both presidential candidates will continue the traditional U.S. support of Israel
Both Obama and McCain have expressed their intentions to support Israel and we believe that they both intend to do so. So the fundamental comparison is not addressing who is going to be supportive of Israel and who is not, the only important question is "HOW?" Who is better positioned and better equipped to translate those intentions into actions, and actions into sustainable results.

Obama's record is evident of his strong support for Israel
Contrary to the smear campaign and the anonymous innuendo, Obama's  track record represents a strong, consistent and unwavering support for Israel.

  • In all his speeches, Obama has consistently taken a pro-Israel stance. His views on Israel are not substantially different than McCain’s or those of the American political mainstream.
  • As the conservative New York Sun, which is usually anti-Obama, put it in response to Republican attacks:
    “We’re no shills for Mr. Obama, but these Republicans haven’t checked their facts. At least by our lights, Mr. Obama’s commitment to Israel, as he has articulated it so far in his campaign, is quite moving and a tribute to the broad, bipartisan support that the Jewish state has in America.”
  • As a U.S. Senator, Obama introduced legislation that strengthened economic sanctions against Iran and cosponsored the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, which cut-off US money to Hamas
  • Iran divestment: Senator Obama introduced priority legislation strongly supported by the pro-Israel community to make it easier for states to divest their pension funds from Iran, as a means of increasing economic pressure to dissuade Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. The divestment idea grew out of a meeting between Senator Obama and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year.
  • Hamas: Senator Obama has been steadfast in taking a hard line against Hamas until it recognizes Israel, renounces violence, and abides by past agreements. He has been clear that the Palestinians' suffering is a result of their own failed leadership. He was a cosponsor of the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • Travel to Israel: Barack Obama traveled to Israel in 2006 and visited the home of an Israeli family that had been destroyed by a Katyusha rocket. Months later, when Hezbollah attacked Israel, he spoke out strongly for Israel's right to defend itself.
  • Israel's defense: Senator Obama has called for deepening US-Israel defense cooperation, especially in the area of missile defense, to ensure that Israel has the qualitative military edge it needs to defend itself.

The Jerusalem post had written (click HERE for the full article):

" Barack Obama's record speaks for itself. He has longstanding support among the Jewish community in Illinois, who know first hand his unshakable commitment to Israel's security. In the US Senate, he has established himself as a strong friend of Israel. As a candidate, he has made clear his commitment to deepen the US-Israel relationship and to defend Israel's security as a Jewish state.”