Gingrich sidesteps staff exodus, blasts Obama over Israel in speech
June 13th, 2011
07:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich sidesteps staff exodus, blasts Obama over Israel in speech

(CNN) - Republican Newt Gingrich sought to restart his foundering 2012 presidential bid Sunday in a speech that sidestepped last week's exodus of 16 top aides from his campaign and hammered the Obama administration over its Middle East policies.

Appearing before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Beverly Hills, California, the former U.S. House Speaker made just one vague and indirect reference to the campaign controversy.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Obama was severely criticized for stating that Mideast peace negotiations would need to begin at the original borders. This same position was later conveyed by Netanyahu before the US Congress to a standing ovation. This position has been held for decades for one simple reason. Groups like Hamas do not recognized the state of Israel. By bringing such groups to the table recognizing the borders, they are forced to explicitly accept that legitimate borders of Israel. Netanyahu knows this but chose to create a rift in US domestic polictics. Gingrich knows this, too.

    June 13, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. diridi

    nothing wrong with Obama policy on Israel...o.k, Israel played big drama all these years, cheated USA. This idiot is so biased...does not know a darn thing...o.k, shame..

    June 13, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. GI Joe

    This guy is the biggest non-candidate IDIOT in decades (except, of course, for the mouth from wasilla).

    June 13, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among the loudest critics of Obama's original speech calling for negotiations based on the 1967 borders and including land swaps to take current realities into account.
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    That proposal has been the long-standing policy of US and Israeli leaders alike. It is exactly what Bebe stated before the US Congress to a standing ovation. Obama's words were taken grossly out of context. Critics should compare Obama's words with Netanyahu's. Forcing the Palestinian negotiators to accept the the borders also forces them to accept Israels right to exist, which is something that the most hard line of Palestinians have always refused to accept.

    June 13, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Squigman

    Rule No: 1, Never admit to your own failings. Apparently politicians learn this at an early age, or during the time they are in the womb. Never seen one of them yet, that wasn't perfect, at least in they're own mind. Also, Many of the current political crowd seem to believe that if they had not been born, Disney would have created them.

    June 13, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |