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      Republicans: The Facts Are Clear, Obama 'No Friend of Israel'

      The RJC released an ad highlighting discrepancy between President Obama's rhetoric regarding support for Israel's security and his actions.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 2/20/2012, 2:14 AM

      U.S. President Barack Obama
      U.S. President Barack Obama
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      The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) released a web advertisement on February 17, entitled “Security,” highlighting the discrepancy between President Obama’s rhetoric regarding his support for Israel’s security and his actions.

      The ad states, “These are dangerous times for Israel… Iran is threatening Israel’s destruction, Hizbullah is arming itself with over 40,000 rockets and missiles to rain down on innocent Israelis.”

      “Shockingly, President Obama has dramatically cut proposed critical support for Israel’s defense program -- the same systems Israel needs to protect herself from these threats.”

      “President Obama’s rhetoric would have you believe he is doing all he can for Israel’s security. The reality is that he wants to slash American support for Israel’s critical defense."

      "The facts are clear," it asserts. "President Obama wants to weaken Israel’s security just when it needs it the most.”

      It goes on to urge viewers to call President Obama at 202-456-1111, to implore him “not to slash funding for Israel’s missile defense.”

      RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “President Obama proposes slashing funds for military aid specifically for Israel’s missile defense program, a joint U.S.-Israel effort over many years. This dramatic funding cut (18% below his 2011 request) would leave Israel vulnerable at a time when Israel faces serious rocket threats from Hamas in Gaza and from Hezbollah in Lebanon, and a growing nuclear threat from Iran. At this dangerous time, no true friend of Israel would talk about cutting funding to our joint missile defense programs with Israel.”