President Obama has announced that the United States is giving $70 million more in military aid to Israel—in an obvious bid of “one-upmanship” to Mitt Romney’s pilgrimage to Israel.
The money, taken directly from the pockets of American taxpayers, will help Israel speed up production of a missile-defense system known as Iron Dome.
“We are standing by our friends in Israel when it comes to these kinds of attacks,” Obama said in the Oval Office.
The president spoke before signing the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that he said “underscores our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.”
Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said Romney is happy to see improved security cooperation with Israel, but the new legislation doesn’t go far enough.
“Unfortunately,” Williams said, “this bill does nothing to address yesterday’s evasiveness from the White House on whether President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which raised doubt about the president’s commitment to our closest ally in the region.”
In other words, the only real difference between the Republican and Democratic contenders for the White House is how far they can be dominated by the Jewish lobby.