Checking Obama’s Assertion About Aid to Israel
American aid to Israel is always a hot topic, and President Obama recently brought it back to the front burner with comments about the attitudes of three Republican candidates on his campaign web page. KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman PolitiFact Texas about the Obama campaign’s assertion that “Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all say they would cut foreign aid to Israel — and every other country — to zero.”
Obama’s web post goes off the rails, PolitiFact found, in part by ignoring the context of these comments. The difference is between reconsidering each country’s U.S. aid every year by starting at zero versus concluding that every country gets nothing; that is, these Republicans’ zero is a starting point for debate and conversation.