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Democrats Rebuke Obama: Israel Is "Not a Punching Bag"

12:54 PM, Mar 16, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Hill reports that a number of Democrats think Hillary Clinton's tongue-lashing of Netanyahu is irresponsible:

"The appropriate response was a shake of the head – not a temper tantrum," Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Jewish Caucus, said in a statement today, "Israel is a sovereign nation and an ally, not a punching bag. Enough already.”

Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) criticized the White House for making their response so public.

"The Administration, to the extent that it has disagreements with Israel on policy matters, should find way to do so in private and do what they can to defuse this situation," he said in a statement.

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) criticized the administration for an "irresponsibly overreaction."

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said the response had been "disproportionate" and added that "we all have to take a step back."

And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said that while the timing of Israel's announcment was "regrettable, it must not cloud the most critical foreign policy issue facing both counties — Iran's nuclear threat."

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