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Schumer Blasts Obama on Israel Policy

Friday, 23 Apr 2010 11:07 PM

Sen. Charles Schumer says President Barack Obama's policies on Israel are counter-productive and should stop.

According to Politico's Ben Smith, Schumer's pointed criticism came during an appearance on a radio talk show. Schumer specifically referenced the Obama administration's reprimand of Israel last month over construction in Jerusalem.

Schumer said the dust-up was a "kerfuffle," and criticized the way Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"You have to show Israel that it’s not going to be forced to do things it doesn’t want to do and can’t do. At the same time you have to show the Palestinians that they are not going to get their way by just sitting back and not giving in, and not recognizing that there is a state of Israel," Schumer said, according to Smith. "And right now there is a battle going on inside the administration, one side agrees with us, one side doesn’t, and we’re pushing hard to make sure the right side wins and if not we’ll have to take it to the next step."

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