August 3rd, 2014
01:21 PM ET
7 years 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. Anonymous

    Israel is perfect! Israel can't do anything wrong! Send them more money! Israel before America!

    August 3, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Warm Day

    If you dont see a conflict in the Administration...and the public disinformation (including this article), I would suggest you remove your Palestinian sunglasses and revisit the conflict at hand with a new pair of glasses...clear (hamas charter) and concise (Israels response to terror) would be a good start. (Available at Common Sense Market)

    August 3, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Criticzing someone for "second guessing..."? Pot-kettle...

    And by the way, Ricky, how do you know about the strength of messages sent PRIVATELY? Just guessing? (like usual...)

    August 3, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Lindsay and Rick should put their heads together. Who knows, maybe collectively, they could get their IQ up to room temperature.

    August 3, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. labman57

    So Rick, what exactly are the 3 things that you would actually do differently with regard to the Israeli-Gaza conflict that would have even a minor impact on resolving the immediate crisis, and more importantly, bring about a lasting solution that would be amenable to both sides?

    August 3, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Perry did not take care of the border in his state for 10+ years . Ask big businesses and big agriculture in Southern border states why?
    Because those businesses love the illegals. They hire them for cheep wages and pay them under the table and THEN donate millions to Perry to keep the borders open!!

    August 3, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. yerkiddinright

    More pandering from the bouffant buffoon. You'll never be President, Ricky. Oops.

    August 3, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. jboh

    Typical of the TEA/GOP. If you have no sensible thing to say, blast Pres. Obama w/outright nonsense. Sorry Rick, you will never be president. Thank God.

    August 3, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Perry is the ultimate in a political wind sock.

    August 3, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. ak_steve

    Basically what Perry is saying is: "Regardless of the facts, I have made up m own imaginary reality on this and am sticking to it. It ma not be the truth, but it makes Obama look bad so I am going to spread it around like it really happen."

    Isn't this what all GOPers do. Lie even in the face of the facts. Then double down when presented with the truth.

    August 3, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. rick

    Again I will say its no different with Israiel going after hamas like the US did with al queda. It was just a matter of time they went from glorified bottle rockets to blowing up hundreds of people. Or getting some type of aircraft to try a 9/11 attack. Those tunnels were NOT used to bring food in. Nor clothes. And was by so far over 30 found was used to bring weapons and explosives for only ONE REASON. The media can play the sympathy routine with so many % are innocent civilians. But the facts are if the ones who were causing the deaths by covering and cowering around children after shooting FROM the close area or IN the places that the innocent are. Instead of using them as a opertunity to blab about their agenda thats never going to happen. The Egyptians dont want them. Israiel dont. Jordan dont. And they can demand whatever. It wont ever happen.. And this time. Israiel is NOT going to stop untill the problem is weeded out very well..

    August 3, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Hillary Inathong

    Israel is our ally?! The Obama Administration's alliances are with Muslim extremists:
    – demands $500 million to train terrorists in Syria
    – gave $ millions to the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian Government

    August 3, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is hugely anti-Semitic.

    August 3, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. len

    He is a idoit. He has no idea what is said behind closed doors.

    August 3, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. truindep

    I have never seen a president and his administration so blatantly condemn any country for defending themselves . Obama is on the wrong side of the Majority of America – He has destroyed the relationships with our allies , Obama is the Mistake of those that elected him,

    August 3, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Pk dustere#e

    A lot of jews are dying because netanyahu loves war the jewish people always gain nothing it makes hamas the winner perry loves war

    August 3, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    Hey perry, we give Israel 3.5 billion dollars a year so they can turn around and spend it on weapons they purchase from us. Enough is enough already! The Holocaust was 70 years ago, we paid them back long ago and they don't need us to support them while they destroy THEIR Palestinian Ghetto.

    August 3, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Pk dustere#e

    I love israell

    August 3, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Rick perry understands the bible and can express himself with his hands , we need a man like Rick to guid us in these times of uncertainty ?

    Rick Perry / Nikki Haley 2016
    Governors for Guns

    August 3, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Who is this guy again? The oops governor? Who cares.

    August 3, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. freedom

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

    August 3, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    freedom – You lie like a rug! You support government shutdowns, you refuse to address the crisis at the border, you are a disciple of the Bush Doctrine, making you a domestic terrorist.

    August 3, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Cliven Bundy/Rick Perry in 2048

    August 3, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Thomas

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


    Your absolutely RIGHT , and he hates Sponge Bob !

    August 3, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    Obama is hugely anti-Semitic.


    Rahm Israel Emanuel and David M. Axelrod might set you strait on your false allegations about Obama being anti semitic

    August 3, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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