Seeking to dispel rumors, and some news reports to the contrary, Barack Obama has stated several times that he is a passionate believer in a Jewish state in Israel. Obama has won the vote of quite a few Jews, but others remain unwilling to enter the fold. As Israel approaches its 60th anniversary, Obama pledged last night what sounds a lot like unconditional American support.
While threats to its existence have endured, Israelis have built their nation into a strong, vibrant democracy, with a prosperous economy, a rich cultural life, and a deep friendship with the United States that benefits both our peoples in so many ways. Even in hard times, Israelis have so much to be proud of. As the Jewish State continues to grow and prosper, the United States will always stand with Israel to ensure it can defend itself against threat of terrorism and violence, from as close as Gaza and as far as Tehran. We must never waver in our unshakeable commitment [to] help Israel achieve its goal of true security through lasting peace with its neighbors.