Gov. Perry accuses Obama of ‘trying to second-guess’ Israel

Gov. Perry accuses Obama of ‘trying to second-guess’ Israel
© Greg Nash

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.”

“I don’t understand why this administration would criticize Israel for trying to protect their citizens and their country from a group who have clearly stated they will not be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the face of the earth,” he told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”  

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.