NJDC Writes: President Barack Obama has proven his iron-clad commitment to the State of Israel. In a 2008 speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), then-Senator Obama promised to “Implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade—investments to Israel’s security that will not be tied to any other nation.”
Yesterday, PoltiFact confirmed that Obama has lived up to this promise.
Specifically, Congress approved $3.075 billion in security assistance for Israel as part of a larger spending package for fiscal year 2012, according to the American Israel Political Action Committee. That marks the fourth consecutive year the memorandum’s terms have been met, AIPAC said.
It’s premature to say that the succeeding six years of the memorandum’s terms will be met. But so far, Obama has followed the lead of President George W. Bush and stuck to the terms of the funding agreement. As the 2012 elections approach, there’s no evidence that this is anything but a Promise Kept.
The facts continue to speak for themselves: Obama places a high priority on the security and stability of the Jewish state.