(THEHILL) — Potential GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson said during his first visit to Israel that President Obama’s wavering support of the Jewish state is driving aggression in the region.
“I do not believe that Obama has been one to cultivate the relationship,” Carson told the Associated Press in an interview.
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Carson, 63, is a retired neurosurgeon who has gained popularity among some conservative groups following his ardent critique of Obama’s health care law. Although little-known nationally, Carson has conceded he is “strongly considering” a presidential run.
A central tenet of that run would be strong support of Israel, he said.
“I would make it very clear that Israel and the United States have a long, cordial relationship, and I don't think we should ever leave the Israelis in a position of wondering whether we support them," Carson said.