The Israel-Gaza conflict: Proof that President Obama is a true friend to Israel?

Mitt Romney spent months accusing Obama of throwing Israel "under the bus." Obama's stance on Gaza might finally put such accusations to rest

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on May 20: During the latest flare-up of violence in the Mideast, Obama has staunchly proclaimed Israel's right to defend it
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During the presidential campaign, the near-constant refrain from Republicans was that President Obama had been a poor friend to Israel — in the words of Mitt Romney, he had thrown America's closest ally "under the bus." Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's hawkish prime minister, did next to nothing to correct that impression, all but campaigning for Romney in the apparent hopes that a GOP presidency would free Israel from the obligation to earnestly pursue peace talks. However, the characterization of Obama as an unreliable Israeli ally may soon join his alleged apology tour around the world in the growing collection of Romney's completely fictional accusations. In the week since fighting exploded between Israel and the militant group Hamas (which could soon halt with the announcement on Wednesday of a tentative cease-fire), Obama has staunchly stood by Israel's right to defend itself, pinning the blame for the violence squarely on Hamas. Indeed, doubts about Obama's commitment to Israel should finally stop, says Matthew Duss at Canada's The Globe and Mail:

One of the most visible illustrations of Mr. Obama’s record on Israel was starkly visible this weekend: His funding for the Israeli-developed Iron Dome rocket-defense system. In 2010, the president asked Congress to provide Israel with $205 million for production and deployment of Iron Dome, and then followed up with another $70 million earlier this year.

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