Democrats Desert Obama on Israel

President left isolated after Netanyahu's hero's welcome

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 25, 2011 7:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Top Democrats are making a show of standing behind Benjamin Netanyahu in his sort-of face-off with the White House, leaving President Obama more or less isolated, the Washington Post reports. In his own speech before AIPAC, Harry Reid offered a thinly-veiled jab at President Obama’s calls for a two-state solution based on Israel’s pre-1967 borders, saying, “No one should set premature parameters about borders, about building or about anything else.”

Steny Hoyer, meanwhile, said that negotiations should begin “without preconditions,” and Robert Casey drew cheers for saying that Israel’s borders “must be determined by parties on the ground.” But then, Congress was in an applauding mood yesterday—it gave Benjamin Netanyahu a whopping 29 standing ovations during his speech, ABC News reports—four more than President Obama’s State of the Union address. Obama, of course, argues that the entire controversy is overblown. Click here for what he told AIPAC.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, followed by Harry Reid, right, leaves the House Chamber on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, following his address to a joint meeting of Congress.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, followed by Harry Reid, right, leaves the House Chamber on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, following his address to a joint meeting of Congress.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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