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US Lawmakers scold Obama for scolding Israel

An excerpt of an article by Hana Levi Julian:

U.S. Congressional lawmakers have flooded the White House and the media with letters and news releases complaining about the Obama administration’s unprecedented scolding of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. This, following an Israeli announcement last week that a routine housing project was proceeding apace in eastern Jerusalem.

Politicians from across the political spectrum called on President Barack Obama and his aides to tone down their attacks on Israel. Many pointed out the lopsided double standard used by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden in harshly condemning Israel’s routine announcement of a zoning approval for new housing in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in northwestern (mistakenly called east by most of the media) Jerusalem – a three-year-old project.

In a letter dated Wednesday, March 17, ten members of Congress told the president, “While your Administration clamors over the announcement of a proposed residential development years away from completion, Iran continues to develop its nuclear weapons capability and Hamas and Hizbullah rearm and reenergize. Remarks made by your Cabinet and advisors embolden Israel’s enemies – who are wholly committed to destroying the Jewish State – and undermine the critical relationship we have with our strongest ally for democracy and peace in the Middle East.”

U.S. Representative John Boozman (R-AR) wrote, “The Administration has lost focus on what has been the cornerstone of our foreign policy in the Middle East. We have an unbreakable bond with Israel, but the Administration is systematically eroding that relationship.”

In Obama’s own party, U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV)  sent out a particularly scathing statement about the Administration’s “irresponsible overreaction” to Israel’s Interior Ministry’s awkward timing of its zoning announcement, which Obama advisor David Axelrod termed an “insult” and an “affront.”  Berkley noted, “No doubt the administration’s overwrought rhetoric is designed to try to appease Palestinian politicians and convince them the U.S. is an honest partner in the peace process by seizing every available opportunity to criticize the actions of our ally Israel.”

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2 Responses to “US Lawmakers scold Obama for scolding Israel”

  1. […] nor was there any indication of an end to the dispute. While the States has recently reiterated its special bond with Israel, the question is how much the US will take and whether the US will play their aid to Israel […]

  2. There was nothing routine about this zoning announcement. This was done for dramatic effect. You have to be extremely trusting to believe that this was not planned. I believe the reasoning is explained here:
    http://wuzhatnin.com/2010/03/25/israels-2012-electoral-vote/


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