John Heilemann on Hardball: Is Rick Perry’s Pro-Israel Stance Genuine?


Our own John Heilemann stopped by Hardball today to discuss his cover story explaining how President Obama is still a friend of Israel, despite what some Jews might think, but also to debate whether Rick Perry is being real with his newfound love for the Holy Land or if he’s just trying to court supporters. Chris Matthews calls it “exploitative” and “cheap shot stuff,” (Surprise! Perry’s a politician!) while Heilemann argues it’s not that clear-cut. “I think that Republicans in general think that Israel is the weak link in Obama’s foreign policy,” Heilemann said, and Perry is no different.

Plus, Heilemann on Andrea Mitchell today discussing why Obama’s approval rating among Jewish voters is falling.