Boehner on Obama’s Israel Policy: ‘We’ve Coddled Our Enemies and Pushed Our Friends Aside’

By Katie Cline

Jun 13, 2010 10:02am

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, sharply criticized the Obama administration’s Israel policy on “This Week” this morning in a debate with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland. 


After discussing the deadly Israeli commando raid on a ship of activists on May 31 and declaring that the “Israelis have a clear right to defend themselves,” Boehner said, “We’ve coddled our enemies and pushed our friends aside in the process. We’re raising a lot of doubts around the world, including the people of Israel who are having serious doubts about our commitment to them, our closest ally in the Middle East.”


“This is not a partisan difference,” Hoyer said. “I strongly support Israel’s actions…It is appropriate to have a blockade to make sure they don’t get the weapons or other materials [for]…terrorist acts. I think they did exactly the right thing in stopping that [ship].”


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