Rep. King Goes After Obama Over Israel BlockadeBy Marcia Kramer
June 7, 2010
There was a harsh blast of President Barack Obama's Israel policy on Monday from Congressman Peter King.
He's introducing a resolution to force the president to support Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.
Blame for last week's ugly Middle East flotilla clash, in which pro-Palestinian activists tried to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, was laid directly on President Obama's doorstep by Rep. King.
"I believe that the Obama administration's foreign policy is responsible for what happened with the flotilla," said King, R-Long Island.
King said the president's conscious decision to put distance between the United States and Israel has encouraged Israel's enemies.
"That type of misguided and double meaning policy has confused our allies. It's emboldened our enemies and emboldened Israel's enemies and this, to me, is unfortunately the logical consequence of President Obama's actions," King said.
The congressman is asking his colleagues to support a resolution that would:
* Force the U.S. to support Israel's naval blockade of Gaza
* Refuse to let the U.S. contribute funds to an investigation of the flotilla incident
* And demand that the U.S. remove itself from the United Nations Human Rights council
King's actions came as Egyptian security officials decided to opt out of the blockade, and re-open their borders with Gaza indefinitely.
Curiously, that was announced after right Vice President Joe Biden met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Biden pointedly said he wanted a meeting with Egypt and other allies to find new ways to address the humanitarian, economic and security concerns of the situation in Gaza.
Of concern to Congressman King is that Iran has now said it wants to send its Revolutionary Guards to participate into another attempt to break Israel's naval blockade.
"President Obama has to realize that this is the real deal. We have to make it absolutely clear we stand with Israel, we're against Iran and we will do whatever we have to do to keep Iran from being involved," Rep. King said.
Meanwhile, the State Department brushed off claims from Iran that it wants to help the people of Gaza, saying they don't believe the country's intentions are "benign." And Israel said it would begin its own investigation of the flotilla incident without UN involvement.
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