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Giuliani: Obama as Israel-Ally 'Biggest Joke' He's Ever Heard

Former NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the idea that Obama is a friend of the Jewish state is “the biggest joke” he’s ever heard.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 7/30/2012, 11:12 AM

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently called President Obama “the least supportive president” of Israel in history and claimed the idea that Obama is a friend of the Jewish state to be “the biggest joke” he’s ever heard.

In a video published on YouTube this week, Giuliani is asked a number of questions regarding the president’s record on Israel, including Obama’s remarks that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority should be based on pre-1967 boundary lines.

“That would be ridiculous if they had to go back to those territorial lines,” Giuliani said. “They’d be in such jeopardy with what’s going on in the volatile Middle East right now. As a prime minister of Israel, you couldn’t possibly agree to what President Obama is talking about.”

Asked what he believes to be the significance of Obama having not traveled to Israel during his entire term in office, Giuliani simply responded by saying that he believes that “President Obama has not been very favorable to the state of Israel.”

“It isn’t just that he doesn’t go to Israel - which I think is very significant - but it’s that he has policies that are against the interest of the people of the state of Israel,” he said.  

Giuliani, who ran for president himself in 2008, also said Obama “feels much more empathy and sympathy” for Israel’s enemies than for the Jewish state.

“I think he’s the least supportive president of the state of Israel that we’ve ever had since the state of Israel existed, Republican or Democrat,” Giuliani said.

As President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continue to vie for Jewish votes, the incumbent president attempted to upstage his rival’s visit to Israel by announcing legislation expanding military and civilian cooperation with the Jewish state. At the same time, his spokesmen were unable to name the capital of the Jewish state and continues to downplay the Iranian threat to Israel.

Romney spoke aggressively on Sunday about protecting Israel from the Islamic regime’s nuclear threats and suggested that he was open to breaking with US policy dating to 1967 by moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem.