November 3, 2012
Don’t take my word for it: What do others say about President Obama’s record?
True friendship is measured in actions and deeds, in promises made and promises kept. It is judged by what we do and how we act when the chips are down and the stakes are high.
I support President Obama and have spoken often of his strong leadership in support of the U.S.-Israel relationship, in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and on a host of domestic issues throughout this campaign. So has the President himself.
However, as the chair of the Democratic Party, you don't have to take my word for it. And you don't have to be convinced by the President's own, honest words. Instead, let's listen to two of our nation's top independent judges of President Obama and former Governor Romney on issues of concern to the American Jewish community.
When it comes to Jewish voters, there is no one more objective than Mayor Ed Koch or Professor Alan Dershowitz. They are both unabashed, outspoken pro-Israel stalwarts and have, at times, even disagreed with President Obama. And on social issues, they have both long been equally outspoken arbiters of justice, driven by a sense of Jewish values.
Faced with a choice between Governor Romney and President Obama, both Mayor Koch and Professor Dershowitz endorsed President Obama.
Take it from Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor who wrote The Case for Israel and The Case for Peace. He points out in his latest op-ed in the Jerusalem Post that the President "has strongly supported Israel’s security by helping to construct the Iron Dome anti-rocket system,” which has already saved countless Israeli lives.
In the same piece, Professor Dershowitz continues, “with regards to Iran, which poses the most immediate threat to the security of the United States and its allies, most especially Israel, the policy of the Obama administration is crystal clear: It has taken containment off the table and kept the military option on the table." And in an interview just over a week ago, Dershowitz told the Times of Israel that President Obama "has been clearer and firmer than Romney on the Iran issue."
You can even take it from Israel's leaders, who do not endorse American officials but have made clear that President Obama has strengthened our bilateral partnership like never before.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted in a speech last year to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, that "our security cooperation is unprecedented" and again on September 21 that President Obama deserves a "badge of honor" for his defense of Israel at the United Nations. And Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN this summer, “honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”