Jeb Bush: Obama Administration Shows 'Pattern of Diplomatic Scolding of Israel'

President George W. Bush's younger brother, widely considered a candidate for president, says U.S. and Israel must work together. Palestinian state will require 'leaders committed to delivering' on negotiated promises.

Associated Press

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, younger brother of President George W. Bush and widely considered a candidate for president, said in an essay that the Obama administration has "indulged [America's] enemies and attacked our friends."

In particular, Bush wrote in the National Review, a conservative journal, that the U.S. administration has shown a "pattern of diplomatic scolding of Israel."

He called on the U.S. government to work together with Israel "to build a more prosperous and hopeful future for the region.

He said that instead of celebrating Israel's March 17 elections, "the White House issued half-hearted congratulations."

Then President Barack Obama "threatened to downgrade the U.S.-Israel relationship and permit a series of anti-Israel resolutions to pass the United Nations Security Council without firm American opposition," Bush said.

"Anyone who claims to pursue peace in the region — especially between Israel and her neighbors — must know that Israel will make no sacrifices for peace when she feels threatened," Bush said.

And he said that "a state for the Palestinian people, side by side with Israel, will be possible only if the Palestinian people are represented by leaders committed to delivering on the promises made at the negotiating table."

Regarding the nuclear talks with Iran, Bush, 62, said that Obama appears determined to sign a "potentially risky agreement that may well allow Iran to intimidate the entire Middle East, menace Israel, and, most of all, threaten America."

Obama, Bush said, has done little to support those who are fighting Islamic State, the group that wants to form a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

And Bush said that "we are watching helplessly" as Yemen, which the administration once saw as an ally against Al-Qaida, "falls into anarchy."