August 3rd, 2014
01:21 PM ET
4 months ago

Perry slams Obama admin again, this time over Israel

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been blasting the Obama administration for what he called “second-guessing” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over recent clashes in Gaza.

“We need to be standing up with Israel, sending a strong message to those in the Middle East that would attack this democracy that we are their ally and they can count on us,” Perry told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Despite recent public praise from Netanyahu for the United States, Perry insisted the Obama administration has sent mixed messages during efforts to create calm in the region.

“I think that there have been messages sent both publicly and privately that have not been strong in their support of Israel,” Perry said. “I don't understand why this administration would criticize Israel for trying to protect their citizens and their country from a group who have clearly stated that they will not be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the face of the Earth.”

Perry’s CNN interview dovetails neatly with his appearance last week at a unity rally for Israel and an op-ed in Politico on Friday entitled ”Stand with Israel.”

These high-profile foreign policy comments are yet another burst of activity that could stoke suspicion of Perry’s 2016 presidential intentions, especially given his party’s staunch support of Israel. A Pew Research survey released in July shows that only “6% of Republicans sympathize more with the Palestinians than Israel.”


Filed under: 2016 • Israel • Rick Perry
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Rick Perry / Michele Bachmann 2016

    Don't say no , It's the end of the world , it ended when you said Goodbye ?

    August 4, 2014 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  2. j. lopez

    stand with Israel yes. stand by while Israel slaughters women and children.

    never.

    August 4, 2014 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    IRON DOME --Obama is with ISRAEL. But wants to see a cease-fire. Like most humans around the world. Including Israel and GAZA.

    August 4, 2014 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  4. Iamnotfooled

    Thank God we have Obama and not the war hungry Republicans, like Perry.

    August 4, 2014 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  5. Linda K.Rhoades

    I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY with Perry. He has common sense and his Beliefs are definitely in line with mine. Love for God,Family, and America and Support fot Israel, God's chosen, like it or not.

    August 4, 2014 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  6. WKNDTHG3

    Obama is still POTUS, get over it...

    August 4, 2014 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Hee Haw Meets Gong Show. The GOP

    August 4, 2014 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  8. an Iowan

    Yes, lets use more American weapons to kill innocent children in Gaza!
    Perry, you are so wrong! The US should be enacting sanctions AGAINST Israel, not giving them more money or ammo!!!

    August 4, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  9. Marie MD

    @freedom, if our President was any of the above you mention you would not be able to post anything.
    You and rick and all the haters need to give actual facts as to why he's anti everything not just talking points from faux news and the oxycodone fat radio boy.
    FYI – the anti Americans? Look at the teaklans in congress. There you WILL find domestic (except for rafaelito who is Canadian) terrorists.

    August 4, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    -Expecting this "freedom" in Muslim world is more scarier than all. Freedom had no brain–because that freedom is from Texas. Israel is utter nonsense, money sucking from USA for decades, needs a stop.

    August 4, 2014 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  11. Tone

    freedom

    Obama is not only anti-Semitic, he's anti-Christian, and anti America. Pretty scary.

    Obama is every thing bad to you because he is black can't you be honest about this because everything you have ever spewed on here about this president is a lie so just man up, and express your true feelings about this President. We black folk do not have the luxury of dislikeing a President because he is of a different color.

    August 4, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  12. Tone

    Pk dustere#e
    I love israell

    I love Israel too, but don't have a favorable opinion of the war hawk Netanyahu.

    August 4, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Those of you who bashed Mr. Perry... what are you going to do when hamas comes to play their games in our front yards? Those people are infiltrating the USA and have been strategically placed by obama into government positions. You are so blind that you can't see the handwriting on the wall. And the millions and millions obama has sent terrorists of our tax dollars. I guess you are alright with that. Those who support evil are the first ones to run crying when it comes home to haunt them.

    August 4, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Despite recent public praise from Netanyahu for the United States, Perry insisted the Obama administration has sent mixed messages during efforts to create calm in the region.
    -----------------------------------
    There they go again. Republicans ignoring actual facts and confabulating their own version of events. This is what conservatives do all of the time. They have their own historical record that fits their narrative, and they stick to it.

    August 4, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  15. aaa

    what about American values which support other people freedom like Palestinians and to be liberated

    August 4, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. casual observation

    Considering the source, I'd take it as a compliment.

    August 4, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Beto

    Man! Perry really blasted Obama!

    August 4, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Beto

    Man! Perry really blasted Obama!
    ------------------------
    Yeah, he did. Unfortunately, none of what he said is true. Does Perry know any other tricks besides lying? Does he have any ideas on how to solve the problems and issues looming in the nation's future?

    Does Perry think that no one besides the hard core base of the right wing noticed that he blasted Pres. Obama for over a week about sending the Texas National Guard to the border, just before ordering the Guard himself to the border, something which the POTUS cannot do without an approval by Congress.

    August 4, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. sonny chapman

    The Rest of the World is against what Israel is doing to the civilians in Gaza. America doesn't see it that way. The Rest of the World disagreed with America about the necessity & wisdom of Invading & attempting to Occupy Iraq in 2003.

    August 4, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rudy NYC says:
    August 4, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am
    Despite recent public praise from Netanyahu for the United States, Perry insisted the Obama administration has sent mixed messages during efforts to create calm in the region.
    ———————————————————————————————————
    There they go again. Republicans ignoring actual facts and confabulating their own version of events. This is what conservatives do all of the time. They have their own historical record that fits their narrative, and they stick to it.

    Of course they do. It's like they stick their fingers in their ears and scream "Nuh uh Obama hates Amurikka! He hates the melanin challenged! He hates the Constitution! Take our country back!"

    I mean I kind of understand.... When will it EVER be ok to treat a POTUS or First Family as bad as this one has been ever again? Never that's when. Because prior to 2009, it was considered treasonous to say half of the things said about this POTUS, and it will be treasonous once again in January 2017.

    But this POTUS doesn't count.... Wink, wink😉😉😉

    August 4, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. mkrone

    Egypt is on the side of Israel and most Palestinians in Gaza are Egyptians. Do these Americans even know the issues? The media sprays photos of children. They don't show the videos I have seen where teachers in Gaza promote killing of Jews in schools thru a stuffed animal when they are 5 and 8 years old! Gazans have multiplied to a point that there is no safe targeting when rockets are sent to Israel. Hamas is now sending more rockets even further? They built tunnels instead of bomb shelters for their children. They want the Jews DEAD! They would kill more of them if they knew how. War is not a pretty picture but Israel is sick and tired of rockets and living in fear. Do all of the viewers of this article live in fear with a bomb shelter attached to their home?

    August 4, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    Rick Perry/Sarah Palin 2078.
    He is not even qualified to be cook in WH, I don't know how Texas elected this bag.

    August 4, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    mkrone

    Egypt is on the side of Israel and most Palestinians in Gaza are Egyptians. Do these Americans even know the issues? The media sprays photos of children. They don't show the videos I have seen where teachers in Gaza promote killing of Jews in schools thru a stuffed animal when they are 5 and 8 years old! Gazans have multiplied to a point that there is no safe targeting when rockets are sent to Israel. Hamas is now sending more rockets even further? They built tunnels instead of bomb shelters for their children. They want the Jews DEAD! They would kill more of them if they knew how. War is not a pretty picture but Israel is sick and tired of rockets and living in fear. Do all of the viewers of this article live in fear with a bomb shelter attached to their home?
    ----------------------------
    There is one curious fact that the media has seemingly pushed aside. The day before this increased level of rocket attacks by Hamas began Netanyahu made a rather surprising statement. He admitted to something. What he said was not surprising, but the fact that he publicly admitted his feelings was shocking. I was shocked. "He said WHAT?"

    It has long been stated that Hamas' goal is the complete destruction of Israel. Netanyahu admitted that his goal was to wipe out and exterminate Hamas. It was something that we knew or may have suspected in the back of our minds. But, I never expected any Israeli official to openly admit it. Shortly thereafter is about when the increased rockets attacks started flying towards Israel out of Gaza.

    August 4, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Marty

    Everyone tends to focus on Obama. It's not only Obama the Lois Lerners and the VA Managers have been in those government positions long before Obama was even a Senator. I believe the problem is the members of government truly believe they are above and protected from the citizens of this country.

    August 4, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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