Israeli defense minister and former prime minister Ehud Barak says Obama is "extremely strong supporter of Israel in regard to its security"
In an interview with Fareed Zakaria's GPS show on CNN, Barak gave a big gift to Obama, who recently made a major gaffe, saying, when he thought the microphone was off, what he thought about Israel's Bebe Netanyahu.
Here's the conversation.
Fareed Zakaria: You know that there are people in the United States who've criticized President Obama for not supporting Israel strongly enough. Do you believe that President Obama is a very strong supporter of Israel?
Ehud Barak: He is extremely strong supporter of Israel in regard to its security. Traditionally, the president will support Israel in keeping its collective military edge and taking care of its security needs. But this administration is excelling in this. And it could not have happened without the immediate direct support of the president. So I don't think that anyone can raise any question mark about the devotion of this president to the security of Israel.
It doesn't mean that we cannot have a difference of opinion, on this or that point or other aspects of what happens around us-- the middle east or the peace process. I would love to see the American president agree to everything that comes out of our government, but it think that's too kind of idealistic.