White House rejects Romney's barbs, touts Israel relations
LAST UPDATED: 09/01/2012 01:11
The White House on Friday rejected Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's claims that US President Barack Obama had "thrown Israel under the bus."
When asked about the comments made by Romney at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded: " Under President Obama, cooperation with Israel between our military and intelligence communities has never been closer, assistance provided to Israel by the United States has never been greater than it has been under President Obama. We have an extremely close relationship with Israel, which is appropriate given our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security."
Carney also responded to Romney's claims that the Obama administration had not done enough to prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. " It is the President’s firm commitment that we must prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Carney stated.
Carney stated that Obama had succeeded in uniting the international community in efforts to pressure Iran through sanctions to forgo its nuclear ambition."The opportunity to achieve that goal remains available, that window remains open. But it is absolutely the case that that window will not remain open indefinitely," he said.