Barak Obama gives a speech in Cairo confirming the strong bond in US-Israeli relations and criticizes Israel for its continued building of settlements. The President angers many listeners when he seems to tie Israel’s sole existence to events in Europe during the holocaust, leaving no recognition of Judaism’s biblical tie to the Holy Land. Early in 2010, Obama acknowledges that mentioning the settlements’ curb in Cairo is not a wise diplomatic idea. The speech’s effect leaves many of Israel’s supporters doubting Obama’s commitment to a strong Israel, a point refuted by Israeli Defense Minister Barak in 2011-2012. (source)