(AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration.
times like this, people try to isolate Israel - but we are here to stand
with Israel," Boehner said in remarks at the National Press Club. "Not
just as a broker or observer — but as a strong partner and a trusted
Boehner defined that support: "Well,
it doesn't mean issuing vague, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand
statements. No, it means backing up our words, and showing solidarity
with our friend."
The comments from the Ohio
Republican came as Secretary of State John Kerry has tried to negotiate a
humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas after weeks of
fighting, with little success.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned his country that it faces a
prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Boehner said the U.S. House will always support Israel's right to defend itself.