Ed Koch, the mercurial former New York mayor and Jewish community figure who was helpful to George W. Bush in places like Florida in the 2004 presidential race, sees “change” by President Obama, who he was slow to support, on the subject of Israel.
“Going to foreign affairs and Israel in particular, where I am very concerned that I think Israel is in great danger, where I thought the president was not giving enough attention,” Koch told WABC radio’s Aaron Klein. “He’s changed. And I believe I had something to do with the change.”
He added, “I think Obama has done a terrific job in the last six months in support of Israel. And I want to praise him and I want to reelect him.”
Koch also gave cover to Obama on the issue of administration leaks on national security: “He (Obama) doesn’t want those leaks. Those leaks don’t help him in my judgement.
Koch was a figure the Obama administration spent time wooing over the last year. Republicans would disagree with the characterization he’s changed on Israel – Mitt Romney recently told a Faith and Freedom Coalition event that his policy would be to do “the opposite” of Obama where Israel is concerned.