Perry's Israel Remarks Draw Heat From Republicans

Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 08:12 PM

By David A. Patten

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Time magazine senior political analyst Mark Halperin is reporting that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be the target of some tough questions on foreign policy in Thursday’s GOP debate.

That news follows remarks by Perry in defense of Israel that were widely criticized as ill-timed.

“The Obama policy of moral equivalence, which gives equal standing to the grievances of Israelis and the Palestinians, including the orchestrators of terrorism, is a very dangerous insult,” Perry said Tuesday. “There is no middle ground between our allies and those who seek their destruction … We see the American administration having a willingness to isolate a close ally, and to do so in a manner that is both insulting and naive."

One of Perry’s competitors on the debate stage tonight, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, responded that he had forgotten more about Israel than Perry knows.

Even Peggy Noonan, the former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan who opines in the Wall Street Journal, piled on, stating of Perry: “in his first foreign-policy foray, the GOP front-runner looked like a cheap, base-playing buffoon.”

That means the Texas governor can expect some serious challenges tonight to his foreign-policy chops, adding to the list of other broadsides his camp expects to receive, which include illegal immigration, mandatory virus vaccinations, and his view of Social Security.


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