Relationship With Israel Needs to be ‘Attended To,’ says Governor Kasich

The damage that has been done by the Obama administration concerning American policy toward Israel during the past six and a half years needs to be corrected if Israel is to survive in an ever increasingly anti-Semitic world and emerging nuclear Iran.


By Joely Friedman l June 24, 2015

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When asked what the next president should do in order to repair our damaged relationship with Israel, Governor John Kasich replied without hesitation that Israel is our “deep friend,” one in which we have had an “enduring” relationship with.

Kasich, who attended Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress in March, is a “very strong, emotional, supporter of Israel.”

The Governor believes the relationship needs to be “attended to.” We need to make sure that we “do not put them in a position of risk.”

Kasich, a 2016 presidential hopeful, believes we should “continue sanctions against Iran,” as opposed to President Obama’s belief that we should lift sanctions, which most supporters of Israel fervently disagree with.

Obama “has decided that the best way to stabilize and make a more peaceful Middle East is to give billions of dollars to Iran, and allow the America-hating, belligerent, apocalyptic, terror-sponsoring, genocidal Iranian regime to develop nuclear weapons,” says Adam Turner from Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), a Washington DC think-tank.

At the annual EMET Rays of Light dinner, Sarah Stern, the founder and president of EMET, said that she “never thought the America I love so much would come to this.”

The strong, historic relationship between Israel and America dates back to our Founding Fathers. President John Adams once said, “I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation.”

President John F. Kennedy understood that “this nation [America] from the time of President Woodrow Wilson, has established and continued a tradition of friendship with Israel because we are committed to all free societies that seek a path to peace and honor individual rights.”

President Ronald Reagan believed that, “Since the rebirth of the State of Israel, there has been an ironclad bond between that democracy and this one.”

President George W. Bush expressed the same sentiments as his predecessors. He worked hard to reach an agreement with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2004 that would rule out Israel ever having to return to the pre-1967 borders.

However, President Obama has ignored the Bush-Sharon agreement, going so far as to threaten Prime Minister Netanyahu with ending America’s support of Israel in the international community, if Israel does not cooperate better with the Palestinians.

According to Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador, “the White House has overnight altered more than forty years of American policy.”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer believes “this president has been probably the least favorable to Israel of any in Israel’s history and at a moment where Israel’s existence is actually in question.”

The damage that has been done by the Obama administration concerning American policy toward Israel during the past six and a half years needs to be corrected if Israel is to survive in an ever increasingly anti-Semitic world and emerging nuclear Iran.

When it comes to the 2016 presidential election, there is surely going to be a strong interest among voters on American policy towards Israel.


Joely Friedman is a student at Ohio State University, where she is president of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is currently a National Journalism Center intern in Washington, DC and a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.