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. The Real Tom Paine

    -99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Obama administration likely threatened to pull aid. I believe the term is that he was Cory Bookered.
    ***************************
    Awww geez...frustrated much?

    July 30, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Darryl

    All this stuff that the republicans say and Romney trying to lead them to Victory in Novembe ? NO, it isn't going to happen this Presidential election or any other for Mr. Romney. He is done with his trying to denounce the POTUS and his lies altogether.The man is an imbarrassement to the Party and they know that.The thing the Republican Party T-Party really and truely do not like is that we have the 1st Black POTUS in the W/H and they will do and say absoultely anything to get him out of there.The have held back work for the american people and demonized everything the President has put forward for the better of this country as a whole.I can't wait till this is over and we can finally finish what the POTUS has in his vision from the begining.The obstruction has gone on for far to long and the GOP need to stop the evil things they have adopted towards this President.

    July 30, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Well ain't that just a pile of brussel sprouts on the GOP/Teatrolls' plates? Queue the foot-stomping "I don't wanna I DON'T WANNA" tantrum, followed by sending them to bed without any dessert.

    Actually, that unfairly maligns brussel sprouts, which are pretty delicious when cooked with bacon. Mmmmmmmm...bacon......

    July 30, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. anoel2005

    How much money passed between politicians to get this guy to come out and praise Obama?

    July 30, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    Nothing more than a thank-you for the $70million dollars Israel is getting from us. Who knows what Ehud Barak would have said if Obama hadn't signed that law and written them a $70 million dollar check plus access to our stuff.

    July 30, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. rrd

    It's one man's opinion, not the whole government.

    July 30, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Logic N LA

    I guess it's just something else Romney got wrong this past weekend.

    July 30, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Sniffit

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

    Oh come now...you can be more creative than that. Just mediate, let go of all rational thought and let your inner angry demagogue guide your next utterance. Ooooohhhhmmmmmmmmm........

    OMG...YOU'RE ALL BEING FOOLED..."HUSSEIN" IS JUST LULLING ISRAEL INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY SO THEY'LL BE UNPREPARED WHEN HIS MUSLIM BROTHERS ATTACK!!!

    See? It's almost too easy.

    July 30, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    FLASH!!! Another interview you won't get on FoxNews!!

    July 30, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Jess C

    Oh-oh, here will come all the whiney, pouty, tightie righties to spin this one! This will not make them happy. "Myview", this must be very upsetting for you. Sniffit, you are right on about the plate of brussel sprouts, but it's more like a plate of rotten eggs to the GOP; I like brussel sprouts too!

    July 30, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. FLIndependent

    More proof that Mitt & the Repubs continually lie about our President. Their treasonous behavior over these past 3+ years has been unprecedented and if we reward their behavior by voting for them we deserve all that we get!! I hope that most Americans see this and realize that the President has had not only unforeseen obstacles (Europe, Mother Nature, debt downgrade, etc), but orchestrated obstacles by a Tea Party Congress that refuses to help him move this country forward. Vote Dems all the way!!

    July 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    The truth is World like president Bill Clinton and Obama ,

    July 30, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Joe Smith

    It may only be one man's opinion, but that man IS the Israeli Minister of Defense, not some guy off the street. And, by the way, as was mentioned in the article, US support for Israel goes way back, and has been consistently supported by both parties, Obama didn't just "give" Israel $70 million, he had bipartisan support to do it.

    July 30, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. rs

    I bet that stings, Mr. Romney. Oh well, maybe Poland will work out for you....

    July 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. rs

    Day 3 of Mr. Romney's World Adventure, and shock of shocks, another lie exposed. Do you Romney supported feel at all used yet?

    July 30, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. lfinsc

    So funny and fantastic! The righties are already dismissing the DPM by trumping up the conspiracy theories, it's only one man, etc. I bet you also think the Obama paid London and Israel extra to make up and report all the Romney screw ups and pile on the embarrassing criticism.

    July 30, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    Can't wait to hear the deafening silence of Rushiepoo and Faux Noise on this one.

    July 30, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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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    BAM!! BAM!! BAM!!
    President Barack Hussein Obama 2012. Because America deserves the BEST.

    July 30, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Bill

    Romney makes Hermain Cain look presidential.

    July 30, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's two for three Mitt the Twit.
    Keep the party going!

    July 30, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Ron

    Boy!!! that smarts...Romney is out of his lane how is a businessman going to beat a proven POTUS no matter what the jealous "right says"

    July 30, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Myviewis screwed
    Thanks for proving my friend Sniffit correct...yet again.

    July 30, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. MikeB

    So Obama has given a free hand to those that handle the U.S. Relations with Israel. Does Obama know what is going on or has he just passed it off to someone else that is doing what he would not be doing if he knew about it?

    July 30, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Pisces67

    Can hardly wait to see what Romney screws up on his Poland visit! Besides his total lack of foreign policy and ettiquette, he thinks everyone (or "YOU PEOPLE" as Ann puts it) is going to be satisfied with what the little he wants everyone to know about him. I can only imagine what's in those tax returns. You can bet that man has plenty to hide, and I don't mean anything illegal. At the very least, his 15% tax rate, or lower, that he will fight to keep. The middle class will continue to pick up the slack. The percentage is the point and principle. It has nothing to do with taking from the rich, it has everything to do with simple fairness. Also, Darryl is right on the mark. The selfishness and complete disregard for the struggling masses will come back to bite them.

    July 30, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. NOT BACKWARD into the GOP FISCAL ABYSS

    You just gotta love a group that believes it is right, even if all the evidence is to the contrary. I give the Repugs full credit for standing by their amnesiac revisionist version of events – especially those that Willard continues to fabricate in his soon to be failed bid for the White House. LOL

    July 30, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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