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Obama's policy regarding Israel is coming under fire today Republicans say the president is being disloyal to a longtime -- important ally.
Mitt Romney saying Israel has been thrown under the bus time and again.
The president disputing that saying any fund raiser last week quote.
I try not to pat myself too much on the back but this administration has done more for the security of the State of Israel than any previous administration.
Joining me now former Clinton pollster and Fox News contributor Doug -- And -- element.
Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations gentlemen thank you -- you for being here so there's there and there are a few controversies erupting -- first of all.
The Defense Secretary.
Leon Panetta came out and suggested that Israel.
May bear some responsibility for increasing its own isolation.
Then they had the US ambassador to Belgium Howard -- come out and say that no one of the reasons we can't find peace in the Middle East is because.
That of Israel's policies.
And that you know every rocket shot over the border every new settlement announced in Israel leads to.
Additional hatred and bigotry.
And amendment many members of the Jewish faith and love both from Israel cannot said what is America doing what these leading -- -- America doing blaming Israel.
Obama came out with a forceful defense.
Dan let me start with you ambassador your reaction to this.
Well -- -- think the comments made by -- the US ambassador to Belgium unfortunate.
But I also believe very strongly that unfortunately.
There is a very serious erosion.
Not only in this -- -- of the Jewish community and Jewish backers who as you know.
Have voted overwhelmingly.
For President Obama and some of whom have actually helped make him -- of them by their backing.
There is an erosion not only in this report but in that trust of the president because -- the last few years the president has really.
Distance themselves from his he seemed to have -- to the Palestinian narrative.
He has visited the region including the famous speech in Cairo and a -- -- the so we'll be king.
And not even bother to visit this row and he -- made the rift between Israel and the United States.
More public than it ever was before we've had -- differences but full of this -- the president has really great that the rift which by the way is manipulated by.
You're enemies by the US as enemies and by all enemies and many countries -- the world would not behave the way they do.
Had they thought that there was a strong America strong American president and beyond that that the born between Israel and the United States is still as strong as ever so.
-- -- -- -- -- It not only in the support but in the trust I believe all of the Jewish community.
In the president which I think unfortunately.
The president has over those few years by distancing himself from his -- And by -- mistreatment.
Of Israel and by making the bombs -- -- road which.
We believe were unnecessary.
And I'm healthy as well -- Is there add to the polls suggest that there is an erosion of support in the Jewish vote.
For this president there was this famous special election in New York for that seat that was vacated by congressman Anthony Weiner.
And it went to a Republican or who largely -- he said he came on -- -- -- -- been largely believed it was because of the Jewish vote because he ran sort of saying President Obama had alienated.
Jewish voters in Israel there is -- truth to that.
Yeah I I think there -- -- The Gallup poll shows about a 125%.
Decline in the president's overall approval among Jews down to 54.
The ninth district of New York to -- -- it is proof positive that the president's support particularly with orthodox Jews is declining precipitously.
And you have states like Florida Pennsylvania.
Ohio and Nevada which will be key swing states where the Jewish vote could be decisive.
And based on what I'm hearing went on -- out talking organized Jewish groups -- -- the decline is real it's palpable.
And it's intense.
Does it matter it doesn't because you know even though -- did did support is decline is still talking 54% support the president well the president gotten close to 80%.
Last time Megan and if he loses.
That could be enough in a state like Florida which as we've seen previously couldn't turn on a few thousand votes that could be enough.
To swing the election Pennsylvania is close Ohio is close so the Jewish vote.
Literally could be decisive in 2012 and right now it's going in the wrong direction for the president.
I said now the united added that White House came out quickly after this ambassador's comments and said look we condemn anti semitism in all its forms -- -- be seen is.
Condone any anti semitism just because the ambassador believes it may be justified in some instances he's sort of walking it back.
So they come out as it is never any justification for -- prejudice and then ambassador Gillman.
Earlier last week.
President Obama made that remark that we mentioned in the introduction to you or he said I try -- -- myself too much in the back but this administration has done more in terms of the security of Israel.
Than any previous administration.
Do you believe that's true.
Well -- I I believe that the security.
A -- tree and the other.
The corporation's between Israel and the United States say continual and I I do believe that this president has been as committed to -- -- Security.
As other presidents of all things more but probably -- -- lists.
This goes far beyond security this goes into a very very long friendship Israel truly is the United States.
Only friend and I would say and I know I would venture to say something very far reaching.
Not only in the region but one of the few friends the United States has in the world today -- this me -- foremost and strongest and most -- and highlight.
In the world and in the region.
And it does I truly believe.
Bet that treatment by the president of the United States better understanding that there's multiple.
And -- the Jewish vote I want to make one thing very clear I believe and I have many many friends in the United States.
I believe that the -- and the United States are Americans.
First and I believe that that -- comes not only because they believe Israel -- mistreat it.
But because they believe they think this is also bad for the United States and for its standing in the world including other mistakes the president may have made.
But I believe they feel very strongly.
That Israel has been mystery -- Israel has always been the canary in the coal mine as well as the only democratic hopefuls this is magnified today.
But the events in the full quote Arab Spring has become they -- that we can I am very we will be the Islamic uprising and at times like this.
This flu Walt should be much much stronger in the bond will be much -- -- -- the -- it is.
And yesterday gunman Doug Schoen thank you both -- -- -- wanna tell Harvey.
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