"In word and deed, the president stands by Israel as its closest friend and will continue to do so."
Last week, Obama demonstrated this friendship by reluctantly agreeing to a last minute meeting with Netanyahu at the White House. Netanyahu arrived in an unmarked car, photographers were forbidden, and Netanyahu was showed out via a side door. No word concerning the matters discussed, and the White House belatedly released a single photograph of the two leaders' meeting.
This effusion of warmth and affection need be contrasted with Obama's obsequious bow to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia earlier this year. Obama bowed to Abdullah at about the same time that a Saudi woman who was gang-raped was sent to prison for her "crime":
"A 23-year-old unmarried woman was awarded one-year prison term and 100 lashes for committing adultery and trying to abort the resultant fetus.
The District Court in Jeddah pronounced the verdict on Saturday after the girl confessed that she had a forced sexual intercourse with a man who had offered her a ride. The man, the girl confessed, took her to a rest house, east of Jeddah, where he and four of friends assaulted her all night long.
The girl claimed that she became pregnant soon after and went to King Fahd Hospital for Armed Forces in an attempt to carry out an abortion. She was eight weeks’ pregnant then, the hospital confirmed.
According to the ruling, the woman will be sent to a jail outside Jeddah to spend her time and will be lashed after delivery of her baby who will take the mother’s last name."
Good to know the meaning of Saudi mercy: the woman will be whipped after her baby is born.
Even better to know the meaning of "friendship" as practiced by the Obama administration.