“I think the unrest you see in the Middle East is caused in some measure, not completely, but in some measure, by the fact that this president has not acted in a decisive and consistent way,” Christie said. “He draws red lines then doesnt enforce them; he doesnt stand up for our friends in a vocal and forceful way,” he said. “Those are things that he should be focused on, trying to bring stability to that region by having America be a forceful voice in favor of a Democracy like Israel and be condemning, in the strongest terms and in actions, the things that are being done by Hamas against Israel.” Despite leveling harsh criticism over the way Obama has handled the unrest, Christie stopped short of calling for military action in the region. “Im not going to give opinions on that; Im not the president,” he said. “But what I can tell you is that a lot of what is happening there now is caused by a sense of America backing off of its commitments in that region.” The recent outbreak of violence in the region follows the kidnappings and killings of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank and the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager in an apparent revenge attack.
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