Jeb Bush: White House should have Israel's back

Republican presidential candidate takes John Kerry to task for comparing Arab terrorism, Israeli self-defense.

Ari Soffer ,

Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush took the Obama administration to task for what he said was the drawing of a "moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorists and Israel."

In an interview with Fox News Monday, Bush also criticized the White House for pushing through the nuclear deal with Iran, which he said only empower them "to be the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world."

Bush claimed that the recent spate of terrorist attacks against Israelis stemmed from the sense of impunity Washington was sending to Iran and other enemies of the Jewish state in the region, and criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for comments last week in which he seemed to compare terrorist attacks against Israelis to Israeli counter-terrorism efforts.

"Well first they go hand-in-glove because legitimizing the Iranian regime to now empower them to continue to be the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world, which is what we've done, in an unverifiable agreement is only sending fear throughout the region and Israel correctly views this as an existential threat," he told Fox News's Sean Hannity.

"I don't believe it's necessarily a coincidence that the Palestinian Authority is inciting violence against innocence innocent Israelis.

"We have some say in as it relates to the Palestinian Authority, given the fact that we provide aid - and we should be very clear that there is no moral equivalence that inciting terror inside of Israel is not the equivalency of what Israel does in self-defense."

"They do this in their schools to incite a feeling of hatred towards Israel," he added of Palestinian incitement. "Israel is responding as any sovereign nation would, we should be completely on their side on this and frankly the next president of the United States ought to be getting Israel's back."