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Adam Hasner hammers George LeMieux over reference to Palestine



Republican U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux yesterday put out a statement calling on the U.N. Security Council not to recognize a Palestinian state: "So long as Palestine continues to sanction actions of terror against Israel, our staunchest ally in the Middle East, the United Nations should not recognize Palestine as a member state. Palestinian leaders admit their motivation for recognition is to pursue claims against Israel in the International Criminal Court.  Until Palestinian leadership commits to a serious peace process and severs ties with Hezbollah, it should not be granted United Nations' recognition," LeMieux said.


Now rival Adam Hasner is slamming LeMieux for using the term Palestine, as if it already is a recognized state. Hasner:  "Sen. LeMieux's recognition of 'Palestine' whether through ignorance or error, is a dangerous failure of leadership on an issue of fundamental importance to America, Israel, and the world. I call on Sen. LeMieux to immediately stop his erroneous use of the term 'Palestine.'  In addition, since the timing couldn't be worse for a former U.S. Senator to use this inappropriate term, if his use of 'Palestine' was a mistake, rather than a disastrous policy pronouncement, I call on him to issue an immediate and widely distributed correction."

LeMieux spokeswoman Anna Nix said the Palestine reference was a Lemieux campaign staff error and noted that a subsequent email on the matter changed the wording.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2011 5:47pm]


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