Obamas Speech Fails to Ease Away Worries of Key Donors
President Obama spoke at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the hopes of easing the worries of major Jewish donors. According to Steve Rosen, former director of foreign policy for AIPAC, stated that a lot of people in the Jewish community feel that US-Israeli relationship is in danger because of the way President Obama confronted the Israel’s prime minister.
Pro-Israel donors are likely to look for an alternative to President Barack Obama for next year’s presidential election. Two donors said that the president’s speech at the AIPAC didn’t answer the concerns they had about the lack of trust between the governments if the United States and Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington was supposed to calm the tensions between the Obama administration and the Jewish state. But the president surprised the Israeli prime minister by proposing that any peace talk with the Palestinians should be based on the borders before the 1967 Six Day War.
Because of this issue, the Republican Party could woo the traditionally Democratic Jewish donors. People are concerned that Israel’s security is placed at risk because of Obama administration’s unbalanced approach. Voters might be turned off because of Obama’s record of breaking promises to its allies.