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“I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration,” the president told donors.
“And that’s not just our opinion, that’s the opinion of the Israeli government,” he said, citing intelligence cooperation and US help for the “Iron Dome” missile shield meant to thwart regular rocket attacks on Israel. Source
Minister Ehud Barak declared last month in a CNN interview: “I don’t think that anyone can raise any question mark about the devotion of this president to the security of Israel.”
“This is the same White House that wants Israel to withdraw to the indefensible 1967 borders. Where I’m from, we stand by our friends, especially the ones who have always stood by us,” the lawmaker added.
Republicans — as well as Netanyahu — have zeroed in on the 1967 borders while ignoring the notion of the territorial exchanges, which are expected to be a path for Israel to keep settlements in the West Bank.
"It's a terribly important visit for us. It's a statement that our most important ally finds it important to shift out of his way," said the Australian ambassador to the U.S., Kim Beazley.
"They are our closest ally, our most important ally," he said of the US.‘‘I don’t think this in any sense will be misused or abused, but the Australian government ... needs to take the time to reassure our trading partners that this is not an aggressive act."