June 4th, 2009
05:55 PM ET
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GOP chastises Obama's speech over Israeli-Palestinian issue

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's speech to the Muslim world on Thursday faced mixed reaction abroad - and a very clear directive at home from Republicans and conservatives: The United States cannot ruin its relationship with Israel.

Speaking in Cairo, Egypt, the president took on the heated and controversial Palestinian-Israeli conflict by endorsing a two-state solution and urging compromise between "two peoples with legitimate aspirations."

The United States, he said, "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."

Those Jewish settlements are spread throughout the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Israel maintains the settlements are needed, while Palestinians say they are an obstacle to the peace process.

Calling America's "strong bond" with Israel "unbreakable," he said, "It is based upon cultural and historical ties and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied."

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Thursday blasted Obama's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

"He seemed to ... place equal blame on the Israelis and the Palestinians. I have concerns about this," the Ohio Republican said. "The Israelis have the right to defend themselves."

Boehner's Republican colleague, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, added that "there was a sense in here of a moral equivalency between those who are driving for a Palestinian state and the state of Israel."

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  1. ThinkAboutIt

    Of course Boehner criticized Obama: that's all the GOP can come up with (God knows they don't have any ideas to help pull our country out of the mess they created).

    June 4, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Andy from CA

    Zionists do not want to hear about a halt to settlements. BeBe does not want to hear this. Calling for settlements to cease by the executive branch whether Democratic or Republican is nothing new. Republicans will have the world think that this is a uniquely Democratic philosophy, but behind closed doors, this is all they whisper. Yet this is the only sane route to co-existence and a two state outcome. They could not wait to knock Obama and pander to the American Jewish Community. You can be sure to hear, "Obama is no friend of Israel", between now and 2012.

    June 4, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Randall in Torrance - Desert Storm Veteran - Welcome to the end of the era of dumb ass Republicans and Stoopid Retards like Cheney and Bush in power

    Boehner has a boner. He is hard up to take a crack at President Obama because he is admired, well educated, succinct, has a plan for our allies and America's future in the world. Since the invention of rocks these two nations have been at war against each other. Here's the solution. Split the country down the middle and each nation gets half. Why is this so hard?

    June 4, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Ruty

    The Repubs are acting normal –that means they are acting stupid again–as usual.

    June 4, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Tracy-Oakley

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...when are the republicans not complaining.

    June 4, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Claudia in Houson

    Nothing new, just the same old Bush policies fits the GOP just fine.

    June 4, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. Tatianna

    I find it more and more morbidly curious that everyone (especially Obama) in the global community, particulary her mortal enemies, has a say in what Israel must do-except, of course Israel. OBAMA BELIEVES HIS CLUELESSNESS REPRESENTS HIGHER WISDOM

    June 4, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  8. Simmy

    This will probably not get posted, but I Boehner is as nutty as a fruitcake.......A bad tasting fruitcake......President Obama delivered a well-balanced speech, and spoke the truth.....Republicans can't handle the truth.......It sounds like a foreign language.....

    June 4, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Polly

    I wouldn't count on the fact that he loves Jesus more than Mohammed.

    June 4, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Robert Houpe

    The GOP along with Hannity, Rush Lamb, Rove, & the likes always find fault in our President! He hasn't a single good day in office if your hear them tell it! Remember, when the Capt was taken hostage, tell complained about that although the outcome was good and President Obama gave the order! His pick in a judge doesn't please them and nothing he does is right according to these bitter GOP supporters!

    I think Fox news should be treated like terrorist are! All they do is spin stories and report one-sided negativity! Good speech Mr. President!!!

    June 5, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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