Gingrich: Obama Bad for Israel

Newt Gingrich tells GOP Jews that as president, he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem and cut off funds to the UN if it recognizes the PA.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu , | updated: 17:56

Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich told Republican party Jews Sunday night that if he becomes the next U.S. president, he will cut off funds to the United Nations if it recognizes the Palestinian Authority and will move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

U.S. President Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate in more than two decades who did not promise in his campaign to relocate the embassy. Two weeks ago, he again exercised a presidential waiver, citing ”national security” to exempt him from fulfilling the Congressional law requiring the move.

Gingrich, a former history professor, told the Republican Jewish Coalition in California, “An Israeli peace with Hamas is impossible. Twenty years of hopes for the peace process cannot change this fundamental reality.”

He added that accepting President Obama’s position regarding the Palestinian Authority and Israel would be "suicidal" for Israel.

Faced with a growingly crowded field of presidential hopefuls, Gingrich is campaigning following a mutiny of aides.

Republican party member and media activist Andrew Breibart praised Gingrich but said he was not necessarily the right man for the presidency. “I think he would be an impeccable adviser to the next president of the United States, especially on the issue of Israel,” Breibart said, implying there are other candidates suited to run against President Obama.

Although the economy may be the main issue in the 2012 presidential race, Gingrich chose Sunday night to hammer against President Obama’s international views, accusing him of pursuing "dangerous policies of incoherence and confusion."  

Gingrich said, “Both Israel and America are at a dangerous crossroads at which the survival of Israel and the safety of the United States both hang in the balance."