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Rick Perry says Obama's not pro-Israel enough

September 20, 2011 | 10:07 am

Mahmoud Abbas 

It's as depressing as it was inevitable. Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of selling out Israel. Texas Gov. Rick  Perry says President Obama's "arrogant, misguided and dangerous" policies led to the Palestinians' plan to request statehood at the United Nations. Pressure on Israel -- presumably to freeze settlement activity on the West Bank -- had emboldened Palestinians,  Perry says. Never mind that Obama plans to veto statehood in the Security Council.

Perry is particulary shrill, but his position is the norm in Congress, which sometimes seems more pro-Israel than the Israelis. A succession of presidents, despite what they said as candidates, have tried to nudge Israel and the Palestinians to accept the only logical outcome of their conflict: peaceful coexistence, now known as the two-state solution.

Would a President Perry likewise grow in office? I'm not confident.

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--Michael McGough

Photo: Guides in the West Bank hold portraits of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas during a rally in support of a bid for statehood in the U.N. Credit: Musa Al Shaer / Getty Images

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