By Alexander Bolton - 08/03/14 09:38 AM EDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday accused President Obama of “trying to second-guess” and “criticize” Israel for its military offensive in Gaza.
Perry said he does not understand how “there’s any air between us and Israel,” calling the state of relations “beyond me.”
Obama on Friday expressed concern about mounting civilian casualties in Gaza.
“Innocent civilians in Gaza caught in the crossfire have to weigh on our conscience and we have to do more to protect them,” he said.
Perry acknowledged “war is a horrible thing” but said his sympathy for Palestinian civilians has been held in check by what he asserted was Hamas’s practice of using human shields.