facebook
twitter
search
search

McCain: Obama mistaken on Mideast

May 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM
1 of 4
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- President Obama is repeating a mistake he made at the beginning of his administration with his call for a Palestinian state, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday.

McCain, R-Arizona, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, was interviewed by Sean Hannity, the ultra-conservative Fox News commentator. McCain said the president was wrong in his speech on Middle East policy to say that Israel should agree to a Palestinian state based on its borders in 1967.

"I think they're making the same mistake that they made at the beginning of the administration," McCain said. "As you may recall, as a precondition, President Obama called for a freeze on all settlements and then, of course, later on, dropped that -- that as a requirement but the Palestinians kept it as a requirement."

McCain said Hamas, which continues to control Gaza, is "committed to the extinction of the state of Israel."

"We all want peace talks. We all want a settlement. We all want that," McCain said. "Why can't we just say everybody sit down and you can work this out, the right of return, water, there are many a myriad of issues and if you truly are committed, the first thing you need to do is commit to your recognition of the right of the state of Israel to exist."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Sean Hannity
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
'Serial stowaway' arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison