Barak endorses Barack, touts US security support

Defense minister says Obama most supportive president of Israeli security; Panetta to arrive to press Israel to give sanctions time.

DEFENSE MINISTER Ehud Barak 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
(photo credit: REUTERS)
In what appears like a clear endorsement of a presidential candidate, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday night that Barack Obama has been the most supportive president on matters of Israeli security throughout the two countries’ diplomatic relations.
In an interview aired late Monday night on CNN, Barak told political anchor Wolf Blitzer that the Obama administration’s support of Israeli defense and intelligence establishments was far greater than under any other administration he remembered working with since and including President Jimmy Carter.
“I think that from my point of view as defense minister they are extremely good, extremely deep and profound. I can see long years [and] administrations of both sides of political aisle deeply supporting the state of Israel and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people,” Barak said.
“But 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,” he added.
Barak’s interview to CNN came just days after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited Israel and just before US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will visit the country.
In an interview with Israel Radio on Monday, Barak was asked why he did not meet Romney during his visit to Jerusalem on Sunday.
“There is one president at any given time in the US just like here there is one government,” he responded.