ADL to White House: Enough is enough


Earlier last week the ADL’s Abe Foxman was taking a middle-of-the-road approach, calling the Israeli timing on building in eastern Jerusalem a "disaster," but taking issue with some of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s comments.

After the criticisms of Israel continued, however, Foxman issued a second statement, dedicated to blasting the Obama administration:

We are shocked and stunned at the Administration’s tone and public dressing down of Israel on the issue of future building in Jerusalem. We cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States. One can only wonder how far the U.S. is prepared to go in distancing itself from Israel in order to placate the Palestinians in the hope they see it is in their interest to return to the negotiating table.

It is especially troubling that this harsh statement came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly and privately explained to Vice President Biden the bureaucratic nature in making the announcement of proposed new building in Jerusalem, and Biden accepted the prime minister’s apology for it. Therefore, to raise the issue again in this way is a gross overreaction to a point of policy difference among friends.

The Administration should have confidence and trust in Israel whose tireless pursuit for peace is repeatedly rebuffed by the Palestinians and whose interests remain in line with the United States. 

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