'Glenn Beck': Obama Administration Damaging U.S. Relations With Israel?

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," June 3, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Israel declared its independence for 1948. Do you know how long it took United States to recognize its existence and stand by it? Eleven minutes. That's how strongly the Truman administration felt about Israel.

If that were now, would the Obama administration — would the Obama administration have done the same thing? I wonder.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, unbreakable tomorrow, unbreakable forever.

BECK: Seventy-eight percent of Jewish Americans or eight out of 10 selected Obama for the White House in 2008. But only half now say they would re-elect him according to recent survey by the McLaughlin Group.

So, what happened?

Well, that's probably the same question that the Jewish community is asking themselves.


BECK: Just days after Obama's inauguration, they watched him give his first television interview to Arabic outlet.

A few months later, the Jews watched him travel to Muslim country of Turkey for his first overseas trip as president.

OBAMA: I'm deeply committed to rebuilding a relationship between the United States and the people of the Muslim world.

BECK: Next, they saw him fly to the Muslim country of Saudi Arabia.

OBAMA: I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began.

BECK: And then to the land of pyramids, Egypt.

OBAMA: I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.

BECK: Now, you have to ask yourself, how many times has this president visited Israel? Not once since he took office, igniting criticism that the administration may be pro-Islam than pro-Israel.

Three dozen Jewish Democratic members — Democrats in Congress — expressed their concerns about U.S. relations with Israel to the president when they met with him just last month. The meeting followed public reprimands from this administration over building of apartments in east Jerusalem.

Another unsettling issue for many in the Jewish community arose after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House in March and was perceived to have been snubbed by his host. Reporters were not invited to see Netanyahu shake hands with the president and begin their talks. Why?

Now, three months later, the administration joins the public outcry over the Israeli flotilla raid in the Gaza Strip.

President Obama chose a Jewish congressman with middle name "Israel" to be his chief of staff. It was a move that gave many Jews high hopes for the next four years. But now, not even halfway into the president's first term, those hopes are fading.

Emanuel admitted to a group of rabbis just last month, the Obama administration has, quote, "screwed up the messaging" on their support for Israel and it will take time to make up for that.

Only time will tell.


BECK: America, I mean, I don't know if you feel it — but something is not right here. Something is just not right here. And it's up to you, because the media is not going to do it. It is up to you to figure it out.

It is up to you to decide what's right and wrong and who we are. It is up to you to write the American story.

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