Republicans blast Obama over Israel criticism

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

It is not only Israelis and Israel's supporters among the American public that are upset with US President Barack Obama taking a very hostile stance against a new Jewish building project in Jerusalem.

Republican Party congressional leaders on Monday also lashed out at the administration, calling its behavior in response to relatively routine housing construction "irresponsible."

The charge was led by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who accused Obama of being ready to stab America's true friends in the back in order to win points with its enemies.

"In an effort to ingratiate our country with the Arab world, this administration has shown a troubling eagerness to undercut our allies and friends," said Cantor.

He noted that while Obama focuses disproportionate attention on a few Jewish apartments, major Palestinian violations of their peace commitments are ignored.

"Where is the outrage when top Fatah officials call for riots on the Temple Mount? Why does the Palestinian Authority get a pass when it holds a ceremony glorifying the woman responsible for one of the deadliest terror attack in Israel's history? Surely, the administration's double standard has set back the peace process."

Many Israeli commentators have made the same warning, noting that as serious as the Palestinians view the building of new Jewish homes on lands they claim, so do the Israelis view ongoing incitement to kill Jews as an insurmountable roadblock to peace.

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