July 30th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Ehud Barak sings praises of Obama administration

(CNN) – Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries' diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security, in an interview to air Monday on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Barak -also a former prime minister of Israel - said that though historically administrations from both political parties have supported the Jewish state President Obama's support, security-wise, is unparalleled.

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"I think that from my point of view as defense minister they are extremely good, extremely deep and profound. I can see long years, um, administrations of both sides of political aisle deeply supporting the state of Israeli and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people," said Barak. "But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past."

Asked by Blitzer if the president has been more supportive than previous administrations' Barak said, "In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way even when there are differences which are not simple sometimes, I've found their support for our defense very stable."

Pressed if the Obama administration has been the most supportive ever, throughout history of U.S.-Israeli relations, Barak affirmed, saying that from his recollection of President Carter forward - "the defense relation between Israel and the United States are extremely stable and good."

Barak continued, "It doesn't mean that we agree on everything, it's very well known that differences between our government and the American administration about peace process about other issues, but I believe that in regard to world turmoil, in regard to Hezbollah, in regard to what happens in Syria, in regard to Iran, we basically – basically agree on the diagnosis. We don't agree on the prognosis on some of the issues."

Barak's comments come as presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney departs the country as part of a three-country tour that took him from London to Israel and now Poland as he campaigns for the presidency on foreign soil.

While on the campaign trail in the United States, Romney has repeatedly criticized Obama for a lack of support for Israel, a valued U.S. ally.

The Republican contender, however, has not proposed a drastically different set of policy standards for the Jewish state if he were to become elected. While abroad, Romney has largely declined to comment on his administration's policy telling reporters that he will not criticize U.S. international matters on foreign soil.

Barak – formerly the Israeli prime minister from 1999 to 2001 and leader of the Labor Party until last year – was appointed to the current administration under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2009.

Wolf Blitzer's full interview with Ehud Barak will air tonight during the 5pm ET hour of the "The Situation Room."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    Oh oh Mitt........there goes the truth again........getting in the way of your storyline.

    July 30, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. cali girl

    Yep, Obama is doing great, while Robmey is getting protest.

    July 30, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Justusselah

    “But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”

    Ahhhh! Truth hurts Romney lovers. But it's never a sin. Unfortunately for you pro Willard folks the truth is your guy prefers to lie. Looks like the big bishop is really just a big liar!

    July 30, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Andrew

    But didn't the GOP tell me Obama was anti-Israel?
    You mean to tell me they are lying about something in these interviews and these ads I see on TV?
    NOOOOOO

    July 30, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. ghostriter

    Rush's show today:

    "This guy's last name is Barak. It is no coincidence that his last name is the same as the president's first name. This guy's parents named him that, knowing that he someday would be on the side of the president.

    We can no longer trust israel as they are now part of the socialist, communist regime of BARAK Obama.

    Sounds about right....

    July 30, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Robme the twitt take that to bank. You lier.

    July 30, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Mark

    Obama is a radical Muslim that hates Jews....oh wait....

    July 30, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. HoustonOilMan

    So where is all the spin? Kinda tough to spin this one I guess.

    July 30, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Morgan Hill

    Well, we know that the real truth eventually surfaces. Romney has been running around the US and a few other countries spreading his evil, poisonous lies. This guy is an evil, arrogant, greedy, dangerous lier. He will say anything, even if he hurts others, just to get elected to the White House. BEWARE, this guy will bring our country to failure. All the evil and poisonous thoughts that Romney has will come back to bite him in the A....S......S. this is called the law of attraction.

    July 30, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Expat American

    Romney can’t win. First PM Cameron calls him out for his hoof in mouth episode in the UK; then the spineless bully is further embarrassed by this as he departs Israel. His ‘Listen and Learn’ campaign has become the “First Gaffe Then Be Slapped” campaign.

    It’s hard to tell who is producing more horse crap – Romney or his dressage horse.

    July 30, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    The truth hurts doesn't it Willard? The right wing loonies are going to flip out. I thought the President threw Israel under the bus? Not according to Ehud. *crickets chirping*

    July 30, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. ghost

    Just another lie from the mttster and the rpugs. Mitt/3012 yeah!

    July 30, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. swing state voter

    yep, iit was easy to see, over the last few days of Romney's foot in mouth trip, that these people
    would rather deal with Obama than Romney. . . .glad to see this. I had a lot of trouble believing
    the GOP hype over this issue. I just could not buy it and it's good to see some truth on this.
    It's not all bad though-the more the GOP makes ridiculous remarks the more this country and others
    are able to see how out of touch this GOP is in general.

    July 30, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Sam

    Please God! Anybody but Romney...........................

    July 30, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Myviewis

    Of course Obama gets praised, he authorized $70 million in aid to Israel for the Iron Dome Project (missile defense system against rocket attacks) and Obama signed the law giving Israel access to U.S. arms and amunition. Of course they have to praise and thank Obama, dah.

    July 30, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Laverne

    The so called republicans in this country (USA) are so hateful and mean spirited that they would have you believe Barack Obama is the anit-christ himself! It is a lie and this president has went through more than any other president in modern history or ever, hummm I wonder why?? Ignorance IS NOT bliss, it is shameful.

    July 30, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Jan

    This is great to hear coming from Israel's Deputy Prime Minister...since considering tone other Israeli Leaders have taken with President Obama, and some of the comments I've been reading on other posts I can't help but wonder how far reaching is the baseless hatred for President Obama?

    July 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. joe

    this is nothing more than politics this guy is an adversary of netenyahu who doesn't get along with obama.. lets be honest here obama isn't going to be as open to israel taking extreme force against palestinians as bush was so this guy is full of it..

    July 30, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. n

    Again America, President Obama is still the one for this time in history. He is on the right side of history. Romney is all wrong, for these united states. He is and will always be a failed leader.

    July 30, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. John

    Wow! Absolutely nothing on your trip is going as planned......You say Obama hasn't been committed enough to the Israeli's and now they claim they like & trust him more than ANY past presidency? Mitt, oh MItt, it's time to quit!!

    July 30, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Romney is not My Hero

    How dare our President try to work along with people?!!! It's an outrage. According to the GOP, we should declare war on everyone who has a different opinion, belief, skin color, economic status....

    OBAMA 2012!!!

    July 30, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. 99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Obama administration likely threatened to pull aid. I believe the term is that he was Cory Bookered.

    July 30, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. BLKMANinAmerica

    WOW, this is good news.

    July 30, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. winky

    MyViewis u flip flop more than Romney!

    July 30, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. RudyG

    The president can deliver the goods they want. Romney can't; he's not in the White House yet. That's about it, idiots.

    July 30, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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