(JNS.org) Leading up to the Nov. 6 election, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) released a video in which Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former Middle East envoy Dennis Ross give their takes on security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel under the Obama administration.
“I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past,” Barak says on the video, in a statement he originally made June 30.
The video also features a portion of Ross’s Oct. 15 speech at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, where he said: “What [the U.S. and Israel] do [together] security-wise today is at an unprecedented level, in terms of everything you could imagine: the high-level meetings, the ongoing assessments—mutual assessments, the discussions on the region, the kind of exercises we do with each other, the scope of the overall security cooperation within the militaries. I could go on and on and on—this is at an unprecedented level.”
NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris noted the ongoing U.S.-Israel Austere Challenge-12 air defense drill, saying in a press release that Obama “deserves tremendous credit for his work to strengthen Israel’s security—which includes the largest-ever joint military exercise that is happening right now.”