Yesterday morning Rachel and I had the opportunity to be roughly 50 yards away from the President of the United States when he addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference and clearly stated his support of Israel, her unequivocal right to defend herself against all threats and the unquestionable US policy that, other than ‘containment’, every option to deter Iran from reaching nuclear capability is on the table, including the use of US military force.
Despite clear strong words from our president, as they all too often do, members of our free press once again found it necessary to minimize, twist dissect and reconstruct President Obama’s words to push an agenda, already subscribed to by their readers.
As we have heard throughout this conference, Israel’s security and in fact that of the United States is not a partisan issue and should not be attempted to be reduced to such. It is disturbingly shameful to see this incredibly important issue being turned into a political football.
Russell Kaplan, TSTI Board Member and AIPAC Policy Conference 2012 Attendee