GOP contenders: Obama has 'thrown Israel under the bus'
May 20th, 2011
10:19 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP contenders: Obama has 'thrown Israel under the bus'

Washington (CNN) - As President Obama's speech on the U.S. role in the Middle East is getting praise by some around the world, it is also receiving harsh criticism from political opponents at home.

One Republican presidential hopeful is accusing the president of having a dangerous foreign policy, while another claims Obama is making a "dangerous demand." Two others alternately claim the president has "betrayed" and "disrespected" Israel.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Obama simply stated what has always been implied by George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton before him. The change Obama has made has been a departure away from Bush's policy of indifference to Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Every US President except George W. Bush has held Israel accountable for West Bank settlements, and has influenced Israel to stop settlements.

    The aggressive settlement policy carried out over the past decade has been a major impediment to any peace, and is seen by Palestinians almost as continued acts of war. So it should be no surprise that Hamas is the currently elected government. Look at the map of the West Bank. There is almost nothing left of Palestine.

    Netanyahu has no more wish for a Palestinian state than Hamas wishes for there to be an Israeli state. This has been the source of friction between Obama and Netanyahu. Recall that Obama wanted Netanyahu to slow down the pace of settlements and Netanyahu pretty much ignored the request.

    May 20, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Worse. Obama suggested an impossible solution, that cannot happen.

    May 20, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Busted2010

    The article should say: "The GOP puts Israel first and America second, again." Don't forget people this is our country, not Israel's

    May 20, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. VA VERY Ex Republican

    in 1992 and right after Gulf War 1 President Bush Senior forced israel to sit down and to start peace negtiations with the srrounding Arab Countries by threatening the Isreali PM back then to stop the $4 billion annual aid to Isreal and the result was 2 peace treaties with Jordan and the PLO and no one said as much as poo to the president back then. Today Obama is doing the same thing and every Republican is up in arms in which some of them can not even point to Isreal on a map just because Obama did it. Obama stood up for America first and for a fair peace second. Obama said enough is enough for Isreal to keep taking advantage of the USA and suck our tax dollar and put American lives at risk overseas especially in the Middle East because of the unlimited and unconditioned and unfair support to Isreal. I look at this as one of the best things that Obama did to safeguard the American values and our national security and to preserve American lives. I know this may not be posted because it may upset Wolf Blitzer but who cares. I do not have too much expectations when it comes to CNN

    May 20, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. duke

    Cut this ally talk because its ridiculous!
    If Israel won't compromise then let them go it alone!
    If my little brother kept trying to fight a kid who is bigger than himself,
    Eventually I'd let them fight(without my help)!
    If Israel don't want to give a little,then let the matzaballs fly!

    May 20, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Economics 101

    Economically we are bankrupting our country for other countries. I ask all of you to do your research find out how much money we give Israel per day? You will be amazed I am sure. We need to stop borrowing money so we can give it to othe countries (AID). I dont want to work untill I am 75 so I can have social sec. I don't want my kids to have to work until they are 75 so we can fund our country. Meanwhile the people making these decisions (POLOTICIANS) are set for life. Its wrong take care of us where is our AID????????????? The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HELLOOOOOOO

    May 20, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. B

    As most people in this country remember, Bush said that Bin Laden was not important to him as well as doing absolutely nothing to advance any peace solutions between Israel and the Palestinians for eight years.

    Bush did nothing except start two wars that where Unfunded.

    Obama IS actually getting positive things Done like getting Bin Laden.

    The Only agenda of the Republicans is to discredit Obama and most Americans understand that !

    May 20, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. gt

    the problem is anyone one who as a new idea and express it gets hammer..ask paul ryan... obama is right on with bold or go home ....

    May 20, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Anonymous

    I guess the outline by the Bush administration called the roadmap for peace has seemed to slip republican parties mind. This subject is nothing new. Bunch of sheep in this country.

    May 20, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    How many time we heard same talking point? Did we through Israel under the bus NO

    So GOP must stop bullying

    May 20, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |