Former House Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) accused the Obama administration of setting up a confrontation with Israel, and encouraged the U.S. to more strongly back the Mideast state.

"They are systematically setting up the most decisive confrontation that we've ever seen," Gingrich told the Jerusalem Post.

"There's almost an eagerness to take on the Israeli government to make a point with the Arab world," the potential presidential candidate said.

"The threats we are faced with are far more catastrophic than any of our leaders are willing to talk about," Gingrich said during his address Sunday before the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.