Jay Townsend on Foreign Policy
A: Israel is our closest and best ally and Israel deserves to be treated as an ally. I felt that President Obama used the first year of his presidency to rub the nose of Israel in the dirt. Look, if President Bush had done to Israel what Obama is doing, then Senator Schumer would have vociferously protested. I don't believe that Israeli settlements are an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. That is patently ridiculous I don't believe that the creation of a Palestinian state will bring peace to this war torn region and I vehemently oppose the creation of a state that would represent an existential threat to Israel's security.
Q: Would you support an Israeli strike on Iran as former US Ambassador John Bolton has suggested?
A: I would certainly support Israel's right to defend herself against the Iranian nuclear threat because that is in America's best interest.
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