Richard A. Oppel Jr.
New York Times

September 21, 2011

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. : Gov. Rick Perry of Texas on Tuesday came down firmly on the side of the more conservative supporters of Israel, denouncing what he called an Obama administration policy of “appeasement” that had gravely weakened Israel and declaring unambiguously that Jerusalem should be fully under the control of the Israeli government.

Mr. Perry, who is leading in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, strongly suggested that if he were elected president, he would move the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. He told a news conference in New York that “if you want to work for the State Department, you will be working in Jerusalem.”

He described Mr. Obama’s Middle East policy as “naive, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” and he asserted that White House efforts to extract concessions from Israel had weakened Israel’s negotiating clout and emboldened the Palestinian leadership into refusing to directly negotiate and instead take their bid for statehood directly to the United Nations. Mr. Perry also appeared to back the continued expansion of Israeli settlements.

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