New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a possible candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, called the Obama administration’s Israel policy “shameful” on Monday.
“Our commitment to Israel must be absolute. Israel is a beacon of freedom in a sea of autocracy and our friendship should be unshakeable. Over the last few years this administration has taken our Israeli partners for granted and it is shameful how the president has treated them.”
The remarks were made at a political gathering in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Christie added that “Israel and its people must be supported by the United States and the American president — its existence and its security is non-negotiable, and the Iranians and others who think otherwise must be reminded by America of that simple fact.”
Christie followed that up with a blast at Obama’s handling of Iran.
“With Iran, the President’s eagerness for a deal on their nuclear program has him ready to accept a bad deal,” Christie said, deriding the existing framework as “flimsy.”
“The price of inaction is steadily rising. Just last week we saw the embarrassment of almost all the Gulf leaders, including the Saudi King, pulling out of President Obama’s summit at Camp David. Our allies want policies, not photo ops, and we’re not listening to them,” he stated.