Rep. Gohmert: Obama Supports "Illegal Palestinian Settlements"

July 01, 2010 12:17 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) continued where he left off last week by claiming that the Obama administration is forcing Israel to acquiesce and allow for the construction of illegal Palestinian settlements.

Gohmert: And of course we know we are also telling Israel not to...apparently this administration been telling Israel, "just lay off.  Let them build the illegal Palestinian settlements.  You don't try to defend yourselves, get ready to give away more land."

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The settlements, of course, are being constructed by the Israelis and represent one of the greatest impediments to lasting peace.  As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the annual AIPAC conference in March, Israel's "construction in East Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides want and need." 

Gohmert has introduced legislation to support an Israeli military attack on Iran and is behind an initiative to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress.  The fact that he doesn't even know who is building settlements, though, casts doubt on whether he actually understands the region's issues at all.

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