Republicans pan Obama’s MidEast speech
May 19, 2011 - 2:38 pm
‘Disrespected’ is where the reaction starts, but doesn’t end. First up, Mitt Romney.
“President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace,” Romney said in a statement.
“He has also violated a first principle of American foreign policy, which is to stand firm by our friends,” added the former Massachusetts governor.
Mike Huckabee says Obama has “betrayed” Israel, and Rep. Allen West is succinct:
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), meanwhile, suggested Obama’s stance could represent “the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.”
Reaction is even coming in from Ted Cruz, candidate for US Senate from Texas. On facebook shortly after the speech, Cruz posted:
Has there ever been a more anti-Israel President than Barack Obama? At every turn, President Obama sides w/ the enemies of Israel rather than supporting our friend and ally. The “Arab Spring” should be an opportunity to speak out in support of liberty & democracy–values embodied by Israel for decades–not an excuse to join UN critics who will never be satisfied so long as Israel continues to exist as a free nation.