July 30th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
11 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. PJ

    "It's one man's opinion, not the whole government"
    According to CNN Gut Check Shimon Peres agrees. That's two men's opinion, and you can bet plenty of Israel's
    government agrees too.

    July 30, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. American

    President Obama has a very successful foreign policy position using strength, diplomacy & intelligence.

    President Obama 2012

    July 30, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Oscar Disabled Vet.

    We must unite against the GOP they have literally taken our money from our childrens mouth's they are for the 1% only they do not care for the rest of us the hard workers. they say only small business's create jobs and the big corporations havent done anything to boost our economy while posting huge profits.why? the GOP is in thier back pocket's. why should they get a tax break? while the only people who are getting hurt is the 99% think about it. no more GOP. Vote them out in November or you will be poor.

    July 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. drew

    Where did he ever say the Obama admin was the most supportive. Is there another article we were sopossed to read?

    July 30, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Betsy

    Spin time at Tea/Repub central now! Their mantra is and always has been "Don't confuse us with the facts." It'd be funny if it weren't in reality so revolting.

    July 30, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. sayer

    Obama 2012!

    July 30, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. colorfree

    Everyone knows CNN doesn't support our President Obama

    July 30, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Michael

    Two top Israeli leaders opinions do matter, just not to FOXNEWS KOOLAID drinkers, and the repuglican party! I love how they are trying to prop up up Mitt Robme like he's a viable candidate, and all America can see he is not ready for prime time! All the world have seen Mitt Robme flip flop over his bashing of Great Britians handling of the olympics and heard his apology (tour) over his ignorant remark! Now, Israeli leaders are making him look stupid, uninformed and inadequate for the lofty position of POTUS! I can't wait for the debates! CNN, if you want your ratings to go up tell the truth about Mitt Robme, the repuglican special interest, extremism, hypocrisy and their policy attacks on Senior citizens, the poor, minorities and lack of effort to upright our economy! American people are waiting, even though we already have 2 eyes, and do not let Mitt off the hook about his taxes, havens, Govenorship record and outsourcing record! America is looking! America will not make this man who is out of touch of reality like the repuglican party President of these United States! CNN, if side with those who say otherwise, your ratings will plummet even further!

    July 30, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "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?"

    This is your brain on bath salts....

    For real? You can't just accept that Obama's getting praise from an extremely prominent Israeli leader for his handling of our security relations? You just HAVE to invent some explanation based on the faulty premise, proven wrong by these very statements from Ehud Barak, that Obama isn't and wouldn't be doing anything and must've just told someone else to take care of it? It's all gotta be a conspiracy and a cover-up if it doesn't conform to the way you wanted reality to be? All the contrary evidence isn't evidence that you're wrong, but rather just evidence that it's all a conspiracy? Do you know what confirmation bias is? Have you been smoking carpet freshener? Where was your lobotomy performed?

    July 30, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Sniffit

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

    And yet it wasn't just "one man's opinion" when the POlish dude was glad-handing Mittens earlier? You guys are pathetic.

    July 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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