In a strongly worded release today, Republican candidate for Senate, Pat Toomey, criticized the Obama administration for its “unusually harsh” treatment of Israel.
Tensions between the two ally nations emerged after the U.S. government expressed disappointment that Israel announced, while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting, it would build Jewish houses in east Jerusalem — land that is central in the Palestinian/Israeli conflicts. The U.S. believes Israel’s decision to do so undermines peace efforts.
Toomey said the Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s announcement was unfitting.
“When America’s strongest ally in the Middle East makes an internal decision about its own capital city, the administration unleashes a heavy barrage of denunciations,” Toomey said. “It’s as if this administration sees Jewish homes in Jerusalem as a bigger threat to international peace than nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. It’s illogical and outrageous.”
Later on the Senate floor, Sen. Arlen Specter, without denouncing his own greatest ally – the Obama administration, said criticism of Israel needed to stop.