WASHINGTON - Agance France-Presse
Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. AFP Photo
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised US
security cooperation under President Barack Obama as the best of any US
administration in recent memory.
In an interview with CNN aired here Monday, Barak said Israel
and the United States had their differences but the security relationship between the two countries is "extremely good, extremely deep and profound." While US
support for Israel
has been strong on both sides of the aisle, he said, "this administration, under President Obama, is doing in regard to our security more than anything I can remember in the past." "In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way. Even when there are differences," he said.
Barak's comments came after a high profile visit to Israel
by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney
who has sought to portray Obama as soft on Iran.
They also contrast with the tension on display in the past between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.