By Jamie Klatell - 09/25/11 05:13 PM EDT
President Obama's commitment to Israel have come under criticism lately, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said there is no weakening in the relationship between his country and the U.S.
"The president of the United States -- including President Obama -- every one of the U.S. presidents represents and acts on the tremendous innate friendship of the American people and Israel," Netanyahu said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The Republicans vying to challenge the president attacked his Middle East policy last week, as Palestinians prepared to petition the United Nations for recognition as a sovereign nation.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has repeatedly accused Obama of throwing Israel “under the bus” by calling for negotiations with Palestinians to use 1967 borders as a starting point.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said last week, “We would not be here today at this very precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naive and arrogant, misguided and dangerous."
Prodded by "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory to comment on the domestic political clashes, Netanyahu demurred.
"I think the important thing to understand is this and this is the truth about America," he said. "Israel enjoys tremendous bipartisan support, tremendous."