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September 24, 2012 10:43 am

Obama: Israel “One of” Closest U.S. Allies in Middle East

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President Barack Obama addresses Shimon Peres after honoring the Israeli leader with the Medal of Freedom on June 13, 2012. Photo: White House.

White House Dossier – In a CBS “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night, President Obama inadvertently suggested an approach to the Middle East that places Israel on a par with its Arab neighbors, calling Israel “one of our closest allies in the region.”

Actually, Israel is by far our closest ally in the region, the one nation in the Middle East that can provide significant and reliable military support in the event of war.

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