the republic logo

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: America must end policy of 'calculated ambivalence' on Israel

Share/Save/Bookmark

DALLAS — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday criticized an American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president.

The retiring Republican governor spoke at a pro-Israel rally outside Dallas' city hall.

Perry mostly refrained from attacking American policy in a five-minute speech, but said America must continue to wholeheartedly support Israel and that Israel was justified in defending itself. Several hundred people at the rally waved white-and-blue flags and cheered as he spoke.

"America must be clear: Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state," Perry said, his voice rising as he spoke. "On this point, there can be no negotiation, no equivocation. America cannot negotiate a middle ground when one party seeks the wholesale destruction of the other."

PHOTO: Lily Goldberg, 13, center, holds a United States flag during a rally in support of Israel in front of city hall in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the rally, criticizing an American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY
Lily Goldberg, 13, center, holds a United States flag during a rally in support of Israel in front of city hall in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the rally, criticizing an American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY

More than 1,300 Palestinians and 56 Israeli soldiers have died during several weeks of fighting between Israeli soldiers and insurgents in the Palestinian territory of Gaza. Attempts to reach a lasting cease-fire have failed.

Perry did not mention President Barack Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry, but talked about his own commitment to Israel and his visits to landmarks like the Western Wall.

With his last term as governor winding down, Perry has signaled that he will try again for the White House after his failed bid for the Republican nomination in 2012, mostly remembered for a series of high-profile flubs in debates. He visited Israel last year for an economic development trip and to announce the opening of a branch campus of Texas A&M University.

"I've borne witness to the present-day threats that are facing the people of Israel," Perry said, adding: "Against this backdrop, this backdrop of terror and hostility, the people of Israel persevere."


Follow Nomaan Merchant on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nomaanmerchant.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.