US President Barack Obama speaks at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC (file photo)
Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:33PM
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has thanked US President Barack Obama for “steadfast” support of Israel and Tel Aviv regime officials.
“With Israel and America facing unprecedented threats and challenges in the Middle East, we deeply appreciate the close and unshakeable partnership between the United States and Israel,” the Jewish lobby said in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon.
“President Obama and the bipartisan, bicameral congressional leadership, have deepened America’s support for Israel in difficult times,” the statement also read.
“As Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) nears, AIPAC – its leadership and staff – extends to Israel’s strongest supporters heartfelt appreciation for the work of this administration and Congress to strengthen the US-Israel relationship,” the statement concluded.
The rare AIPAC statement comes at a time of sharp Republican criticism of US President Barack Obama’s Israel record.
US Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and his deputies have repeatedly accused Obama of “throwing Israel under the bus.”
A recent Gallup survey has showed that around 70 percent of US Jews voters plan to make Obama their choice.
Gallup further noted that while Jews are only 2 percent of the US general population, they tend to vote in higher numbers than other groups.
Eighty-three percent of the Jewish registered voters said they would certainly cast their votes in comparison with 78 percent of the US populace.