President Obama and Israel - September 2012
- Signed off on the most restrictive Iran sanctions yet, targeting Iran’s Central Bank, making it impossible for third parties to deal with the U.S. and Iranian economies simultaneously
- Lined up substantive international support forparticipation in stepped up sanctions
- Declared the US will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, saying no options are off the table
- “We have closer military and intelligence consultation between our two countries than we ever have," Pres. Obama said in a pre-Superbowl interview when Matt Lauer asked him if he expected advance warning from Israel in case of a strike. "And my No. 1 priority continues to be the security of the United States, but also the security of Israel, and we are going to make sure that we work in lockstep as we proceed to try to solve this, hopefully diplomatically."
- PM Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed President Obama’s strategy on Iran in a speech September 27, 2012 before the U.N. General Assembly. “Two days ago President Obama reiterated that the threat of a nuclear Iran cannot be contained,” Netanyahu said. “We thank and support President Obama for his position. I believe Democrats and Republicans alike share his position, and it is shared by leaders around the world ... Israel is in discussions with the United States on this issue, and I am confident that we can chart a path forward together.”
- Security assistance to Israel has increased every year since President Obama took office.
- President Obama has expanded U.S.-Israeli security and military cooperation, sending nearly 200 senior-level Department of Defense personnel to Israel last year.
- President Obama fought for and obtained an additional $650 million over the last four years to support the Arrow, David’s Sling and Iron Dome defense systems.
- On February 13, 2012, President Obama released his FY 2013 budget that provides the largest aid package to Israel in U.S. history: $3.1 billion, a $25 million increase from 2012, which fulfills the commitment made in the ten year Memorandum of Understanding.
Sold Israel bunker busting bombs and F-35 fighter planes;
Fast-tracked arms sales;
Cooperated on U.S.-Israel joint efforts such as the Arrow and David’s Sling missile systems;
Committed American troops to the 2009 Juniper Cobra and 2012 Austere Challenge joint military exercises—the largest and most extensive ever;
Authorized Israel to use American weapons stored in Israel during an emergency;
Worked with Israel to combat smuggling into Gaza.
Forcefully opposed the Palestinians’ attempt to unilaterally declare a state;
Rallied the world against a nuclear-armed Iran and continues to lead the sanctions effort
Voted with Israel 100% of the time at the United Nations, a first in modern history;
Defended Israel’s legitimacy on the world stage, and vocally protested efforts to isolate Israel at the United Nations and in UN bodies;
Consistently affirmed the U.S.-Israel bond; and
Asserted Israel’s right to self-defense repeatedly—including against the Gaza flotilla.
- Immediately intervened to rescue Israel’s diplomats in Cairo;
- Gave order to give Israel “whatever it needs” to put out the Carmel fire.
Israeli Leaders Praise President Obama