President Barack Obama’s November presidential campaign is gaining momentum. As well as securing massive donations to the tune of 3 million dollars in the last few days, the first campaign video dealing with Obama's Israel policy was uploaded to the YouTube website on Friday.
The film, aimed at U.S Jewish voters, bears the title “Israel and the U.S. – an Unbreakable Bond.” The seven minute video features a number of Israeli officials, including President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Israel’s Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren, and former head of the Mossad Efraim Halev praising President Obama.
In the last year, Republican presidential hopefuls’ campaign managers have carried out an aggressive attack on President Obama, saying that he is anti-Israel and weak in the face of Iran, and that he is damaging America’s long-lived alliance with Israel.
Obama and his advisors have been carrying out their own counter-campaign in which senior U.S. officials, with Obama at their head, appear at every single event or conference of Jewish organizations in America. Just a few weeks ago, Obama spoke at the annual meeting of the U.S. Jewish reform movement, and it looks like he will also address the annual AIPAC conference at the beginning of November.
On Thursday night Obama arrived in New York for a fund-raising event, and met with Jewish donors. The 100 participants at the event, that took place in the three-Michelin-starred restaurant “Daniel” on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, gave a total of half a million dollars to the Obama campaign.
Alan Solow, a former chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and one of the organizers of the event told U.S. Jewish Newspaper “the Forward” that the President “emphasized that he is serious about preventing Iranian nuclear armament. He said that he hopes to reach this goal through sanctions, and that the Iranians are aware of the fact that all the options are on the table.”
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