In Shadow of the UN Debate, Perry's NYC Message Focuses on Israel

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticizes Obama's policy on Israel at a New York press conference while newly-elected Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY) looks on. (Anna Sale/WNYC)

Texas Governor Rick Perry took time out of his first major fundraising swing in New York City to blame the Obama administration’s “policy of appeasement” for encouraging Palestinians to seek statehood recognition in a United Nations vote this week.

“We would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry said, standing in front of assembled local Jewish leaders and American and Israeli flags.

The vote on Palestinian statehood is scheduled for Friday at the United Nations. It comes a week after Republican Bob Turner won a special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacant seat in New York’s heavily Jewish and heavily Democratic Ninth Congressional district. Rep. Turner stood with Perry, who called the new Congressman “a leading voice” on the Israeli Palestinian issue.

Rep. Turner picked up on that, explicitly warning that his victory in New York shows President Obama’s position on Israel will make him vulnerable at the polls. 

“The message that the voters sent is that this administration has been vacillating and at times even hostile to Israel, and it is not accepted and it is not acceptable,” Bob Turner said. “And if it continues there will be a very high price to pay.”

A Gallup poll last week found that Obama's support among Jewish voters has fallen, but that the decline is in proportion to his overall slipping approval ratings. But it's clear the Palestinian statehood vote this week, and Turner's win in Democrat Anthony Weiner's former district, have the Obama administration on the defensive.

"President Obama are in the middle of a two-week period in which they have been obsessed with supporting Israel and opposing a Palestinian resolution to create a Palestinian state," said former Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler, who now leads the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. He said particularly at this moment, the American security relationship with Israel has never been closer. "With all due respect to the new Congressman and Governor Perry, what do they know that Prime Minister Benjamin [Netanyahu], [President Shimon] Peres, and [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak don’t?" 

The Mideast Peace process wasn’t the only thing on Perry’s agenda on Tuesday. He was also scheduled to attend a fundraiser hosted by former AIG chairman Stan Greenberg. President Obama is also attending a number of campaign donors while he's in town for the UN General Assembly, including at a fundraiser tonight in midtown featuring R&B singer Alicia Keynes. 


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Comments [2]

Kayla from Here

I'm sorry, but I got offended by his statement about being Christian, so therefore he will support Israel. What does that have to do with anything other than telling the American people that he doesn't care about what facts are and will blindly support someone or some country because that's what he believes Christianity is about?! So... is he going to pray the Middle East and Israel's problems away? I just think it's wrong to make decisions solely by based on who's playing on "your team". Or is it because he's just flowing with where the river of money flows, like Nick said. He's not the only one with this view, but he just have to be loud about it.

Sep. 21 2011 08:18 AM
Nick from Not in Aparteid Israel

I somewhat agree with Perry when he says that Obama is "arrogant, misguided, and dangerous" when it comes to the Middle East, but probably for the exact opposite reason. Obama has done a damn good job keeping our 2 1/2 Wars going strong after Bush left. He has also been downright spectacular at overseeing an increased Security and Surveillance State in this country.
I disagree with Perry if he really thinks that the Obama administration wants, even a little tiny bit, to OK a Palestinian State, or even get peace talks started. He, and his Administration, most of Washington, and a good part of this country don't care more about Chaz Bono than if Israel walked into the West Bank and Gaza and completely liquidated it and turned it into a resort lake. He hasn't done a single thing to prove otherwise, except for his half-assed, no policy whatsoever speech he gave a couple of months ago. In fact, I think he went and met with AIPAC hours later! But Rick Perry is the Defender of Jerusalem, awarded so in 2009 by completely normal and rational Guma Aguiar.

So, yea, check out this link to Perry with this guy Aguiar. I think that it is safe to say that he is probably getting some serious campaign financing from his people. Unfortunately for Perry, I don't think Aguiar can write checks from the Mental Hospital he was checked into by force earlier this year, but who knows maybe he is better now.

Sep. 20 2011 09:34 PM

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