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Jeb Bush Again Differs With Baker's Remarks on Netanyahu

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By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 01:28 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush continues to distance himself from former Secretary of State James Baker's comments on Benjamin Netanyahu, this time at a meeting hosted by the Manhattan Republican Party.

In March, Bush said he didn't agree with Baker's comments criticizing the Israeli Prime Minister when Baker said that "diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship" on the part of Netanyahu had hurt efforts by President Barack Obama and his administration to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict because the "settlement construction has continued unabated."

Bush had said that those comments, which Baker made while speaking to the left-leaning Jewish group J-Street, were not in line with his own views.

Baker, who served in both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, is one of Jeb Bush's foreign policy advisers in the run-up to a possible presidential campaign.

CNN is reporting that Bush told the Manhattan Republican Party on Thursday that he doesn't think the former secretary of state should have addressed J-Street, according to sources who attended the event, and said he didn't agree with some of Baker's conclusions.

The Florida Republican also reportedly said he plans to enlist younger experts to join his foreign policy team.

"The point he was making is that some of the complexities of the modern world are different from the mindset they were dealing with 25 years ago," said Bob Turner, chairman of the Queens Republican Party, who attended the event.

Bush was responding to questions about Baker's comments during the "meet and greet" event hosted by the Manhattan Republican Party.

CNN noted that Bush's comments serve as another example in which the former Florida governor is trying to show he does have different views from those of his father and brother, former President George W. Bush.

Bush said in February that "there were mistakes in Iraq" under the George W. Bush administration, but he also praised decisions his brother made, such as the "surge" of troops in 2007.

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