So just how committed is President Obama in his support of Israel?
During his final debate between with Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the President stated, “If Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel,” and that “all options are on the table.”
But what does that really mean? Is the President actually stating that the U.S. will defend Israel militarily or perhaps would even consider a preemptive attack with or without Israel’s assistance against Iran and its proxies?
Governor Mitt Romney sided with the President and said that “we have their (Israel’s) backs.” Romney did in fact emphasize that this ‘backing’ of Israel included military support.The President’s statement was not a definitive one, as he did not specifically say that the U.S. would use military action to defend Israel. One could assume that he meant that, but considering his track record towards Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there are very legitimate questions and concerns as to what his true intentions are.
Shortly after the debate, we caught up with several of the President’s top campaign operatives and consultants- David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Jim Messina and Robert Gibbs- and we asked each of them to clarify the President’s position on the matter.
Axelrod, Plouffe and Messina, all stuck to the basic non-answer that the President gave earlier in the evening. Gibbs, however did not tow the line with his colleagues and instead said that “absolutely” the U.S. would back Israel militarily when asked the same question of whether the President would commit to using military force to defend Israel.
While Gibbs sounded more definitive than his colleagues, he still tip-toed around the issue, just as the others did.
Here is a video montage of the answers that the President’s “Knights of the Roundtable” gave with respect to supporting Israel militarily were they to be attacked.
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