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Pelosi Slams Bush for Israel Speech

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at President Bush this morning and his speech to the Israeli Knesset, particularly for comments on "appeasement" that some have interpreted as a veiled swipe at Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

"You know we have a protocol ... that we don't criticize the president when he's on foreign soil," Pelosi said when asked for reaction to Bush's speech, adding that she also believes Bush "should not criticize Americans when he is on foreign soil."

"I think what the president did in that regard is beneath the dignity of the office of the president ... and I would hope that any serious person would disassociate himself from the president's remarks," she said.

Asked whether she was referring to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Pelosi repeated: "Any serious person."

In his speech to the Knesset this morning, Bush said (see video below) "Some seem to believe we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," adding that no one should be lulled by the "false comfort of appeasement." Obama has suggested that he would meet with the leaders of Iran and Syria to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian issue, though White House spokeswoman Dana Perino denied Bush was referring to Obama in his comments.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 15, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
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