Texas Gov. Rick Perry was flanked by Jewish leaders from around New York City and around the world this morning at a news conference at the swank W Hotel in Union Square where he blasted the Obama administration for their Middle East policy and rebuked Palestinians for trying to force a statehood vote at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
“We would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naive, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” he said.
Mr. Perry said that because Mr. Obama suggested that Israel and Palestine live according to the 1967 border, he took away a crucial negotiating ploy away from the Israelies.
“Bolstered by the Obama administration’s policies and apologists at the U.N., the Palestinians are exploiting the instability in the Middle East and hoping to achieve their objective without concessions or direct negotiations with Israel.”
Several times Mr. Perry accused the Obama of “appeasement” toward the Arab world, a word that is often used to describe the stance of European nations toward Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War II.
Perry was joined by Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an outspoken supporter of Israel, who said that he could have written Mr. Perry’s speech himself. Also on stage was Danny Danon, a conservative member of the Israeli Knesset who warned of the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, saying that such a state could unleash destruction on Manhattan.
Also on stage was Congressman Bob Turner, whose victory last week in heavily Jewish district in Brooklyn and Queens owed much to Jewish dislike of Mr. Obama’s policy towards Israel.
Mr. Turner did say however that he favored a two-state solution, but only that included an undivided Jerusalem and the continued expansion of Jewish settlements into disputed terrorities.
After the speeches, Mr. Perry was asked if his Christian faith informed his support for Israel.
“As a Christian I have a clear directive to support Israel,” he said. “But that’s easy for me. As an American and as a Christian I stand with Israel.”