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Rep. Perry: Obama Does Not Speak for All Americans on Israel

By    |   Friday, 20 March 2015 03:15 PM

The acrimony between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not reflect how Americans in general feel toward a country that is "our greatest ally" in a troubled region of the world, Rep. Scott Perry told  "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on Friday.

"I certainly hope that the people of Israel will understand in many cases, and in this one in particular, the administration, the president, does not necessarily speak for all of Americans in this particular issue," said Perry, a two-term Pennsylvania Republican and Iraq war Army National Guard veteran.

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"I don't know what the polling is — and that can be a snapshot in time — but most Americans, if I could be so bold, don't agree with the president on this instance," said Perry, a member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees. "And they agree with the newly elected — and most recently past — Prime Minister Netanyahu."

Israelis, in turn, "know and they realize that they can trust Americans," he said, "but sometimes they can't necessarily trust or put their confidence in the administration for one reason or another, depending on who's there."

Perry also questioned whether Netanyahu is actually walking back a last-minute campaign promise to never allow the creation of an independent Palestinian state — or just being subjected to a media double standard.

"When a conservative explains the subtleties of a statement, it's 'walking back,'" said Perry. "When a liberal does it, it's 'clarifying the misinformation.' I don't buy it at all, quite honestly. I reject the notion outright.

"Look, a two-state solution — anybody can realize that that is a difficult thing to do, whether it's your own family between a husband and a wife with the children, or between two governments," he said.

"If you leave out the pivotal portion of it where, I don't support a two-state solution where one side keeps killing the other side and it's untrustworthy and has shown no interest in recognizing the viability and the legitimacy of the other side — that's a pivotal part of the conversation," he said.

Whatever personal and policy disputes he and Obama have, Netanyahu "is the elected prime minister of Israel," Perry said.

"Their people have spoken, and they are our greatest ally in the region, and [Obama] ought to comport himself accordingly and go to work with the situation at hand, whether he likes it or not — for everybody's best interest," he said.

Elsewhere, Perry addressed reports that Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad used a chemical weapon — chlorine gas — to attack a rebel stronghold, and Secretary of State John Kerry's nearly simultaneous announcement that the U.S. must negotiate with Assad to stabilize the region and help rid it of the Islamic State.

Perry called the timing and the message both "breathtakingly irresponsible."

"We can remember not too long ago the 'red line' in Syria that was espoused by the American administration and the president [on chemical weapons] and [Obama's] willingness and wishes to see Assad removed — if necessary, forcibly — from power.

"And now all of a sudden we're willing to sit down and collaborate with him while he commits crimes against humanity," said Perry. "It's breathtakingly irresponsible and, really, no one knows what America stands for in the world anymore, and even Americans don't know what we stand for, unfortunately."

Perry also discussed the new post-9/11 veterans caucus he has formed and co-chairs with a fellow Iraq war veteran, Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

"We want to highlight some of the concerns, some of the issues that face the post-9/11 veterans in particular and some of the shortcomings of the federal government on the side of their obligation to care for these fine individuals who have taken the oath and put their lives on the line for the Constitution and for our nation and the freedom of the world," said Perry.

"We hope to provide a platform and a voice," he said. "We hope to provide education and a place to coalesce around the things that we agree with legislatively that can move the ball forward for these people who agreed to sacrifice on our behalf."

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