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Press Release: JINSA Condemns Obama Administration’s Castigation of Israel

WASHINGTON--The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs today condemned the "harsh and condescending" tone used by senior Obama Administration officials to castigate the Israeli government, in complete contravention of accepted behavior between long-standing democratic allies.

JINSA executive director Tom Neumann said, "The Israeli government's announcement of construction in Jerusalem made during Vice President Biden's visit was unfortunate in timing but not in substance. Israel should not have to answer to the United States when it comes to building in Jerusalem, which was explicitly excluded from the agreed upon 'settlement freeze.'"

"The real issue here," Neumann continued, "is not Israel's announcement but the level to which the Obama Administration chose to play up its displeasure with Israel’s policy. On a scale of one to ten it chose a ten. The question is why?"

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