Ahead of Palestinian moves toward statehood in the UN this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is slamming President Obama’s Israel policies. In a speech in New York this morning, Perry described Obama’s Middle East policy as “appeasment” toward the Palestinians. Perry also described the president’s policies as “naive.” Perry’s remarks follow his Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which he laid out his vision for the Middle East and warned the Palestinians to change course away from their quest for statehood.
Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney is also tearing into President Obama today. His campaign sent around the following statement:
“What we are watching unfold at the United Nations is an unmitigated diplomatic disaster. It is the culmination of President Obama’s repeated efforts over three years to throw Israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position. That policy must stop now. In his speech to the U.N. this week, President Obama must unequivocally reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel and its continued existence as a Jewish state. And he must make clear that if the Palestinian Authority succeeds in gaining any type of U.N. recognition, the United States will cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians, as well as re-evaluate its funding of U.N. programs and its relationship with any nation voting in favor of recognition. Actions that compromise the interests of the United States, our allies, and all those who desire a lasting peace must have consequences.”
The Obama administration has been in retreat on Israel since May, when President Obama called on Israel to withdraw to its 1967 borders.