Perry to slam Obama on Israel

By Kasie Hunt

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 20 2011 1:10 a.m. MDT

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry heads to his vehicle without stopping as he exits the Papasito Restaurant in the Inwood section of Manhattan, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in New York.

Louis Lanzano, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is criticizing the Obama administration's policy on Israel.

In a speech scheduled for delivery Tuesday, the Texas governor speaks out against efforts by the Palestinian Authority to seek formal recognition by the U.N. General Assembly.

Perry says President Barack Obama has demanded unfair concessions from Israel that have emboldened the Palestinians. He said the Palestinian Authority must negotiate statehood directly with Israel and not seek a unilateral end-run around the Jewish state.

The U.S. has promised to veto the Palestinian effort in the U.N. Security Council and has been pressing countries around the world to block the resolution.

But Perry says Obama's demand that Israel cease housing settlements in the West Bank has slowed the peace process and muddied U.S. standing in the region.

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