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Gingrich: Obama plan for Israel, Palestine "a disaster"

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President Barack Obama's speech about U-S policy in the Middle East is proving to be pretty polarizing.

The administration supports it, of course. But, Republicans have ripped the plan... especially a move to jump-start peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Newt Gingrich, (R) Presidential Candidate says, "President Obama's speech was a disaster."

Specifically, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich is talking about this headline-grabbing statement during President Obama's Thursday speech. President Barack Obama says, "We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states." Borders, Gingrich says, Israel simply can't accept. Newt Gingrich, (R) Presidential Candidate says, "It's indefensible with modern weapons. It's, in effect, it's asking Israel to commit suicide."

In a speech to the Siouxland Republican Jewish Coalition, Gingrich criticized the president's international focus, which he says comes the expense of Americans. Newt Gingrich, (R) Presidential Candidate says, "For a president, who can't control his own border to decide he'll start dictating the border of another country, is offensive."

Gingrich worries the move will destabilize an already unstable region. Newt Gingrich, (R) Presidential Candidate says, "I think there's a grave danger that you're gonna end up at the end of this process with a more radical Middle East... with more anti-American forces... and with people who are truly dangerous."

If elected president, Gingrich would cut off aid to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and declared terrorist group Hamas "...if they are going to continue to be in favor of terrorism... if they're going to have schools that teach terrorism... and if they're going to continue to recruit young people to become terrorists."

Gingrich is one of only two declared Republican presidential candidates. Ron Paul is the other. But, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty plans to announce his candidacy next week.

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