Gingrich Vows To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem At GOP Fundraiser

BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — Nearly one week after his presidential campaign underwent a near-mutiny in a exodus of most of his top staff, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went on the attack against the current administration.

Gingrich used a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday to criticize President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, accusing him of accommodating dictators and terrorist groups.

And as KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports, Gingrich also vowed to make good on a U.S. promise delayed by several former presidents and President Obama.

The ultra-conservative Republican candidate vowed to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if he becomes president.

Gingrich told the Republican Jewish Coalition that “the greatest obstacle toward achieving a real and lasting peace…” is “an inability on the part of the Obama Administration and certain world leaders to tell the truth about terrorism, be honest about the publicly stated goals of our common enemies and devise policies appropriate to an honest accounting of reality.”

He used the public forum to speak candidly about the recent setbacks his campaign has suffered, and reassured the audience he’s seen it all before.

“I know full well the rigors of campaigning for public office,” said Gingrich. “In fact, I’ve had some recent reminders.”

Neither the White House nor Obama’s re-election campaign immediately reacted to the speech, the first Gingrich has delivered ‘s first since the mass resignation of his campaign’s senior staff on Thursday.

In his speech, Gingrich also unveiled a nine-point plan on the Middle East. It includes suspending all funding to the United Nations if the General Assembly moves to recognize a Palestinian state before an Israeli-Palestinian accord.

Gingrich left immediately after the speech, bound for New Hampshire, where he will participate in a debate Monday with other Republican presidential hopefuls.

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  • misty

    IF Obama is accomodating them, then he is a traitor, and he needs to treated like one to the full extent the constitution and law allows. No HOLDS BARRED! GET ER DONE CONGRESS! Oh, I”m voting for Newt, he’ll have the brass you know what’s to bring Obama to trial for his traitorous acts against the American people and our constitution. if we don’t impeach him first.

  • lawboy

    The only thing Gingrich is interested in moving, is some sucker’s money from their pocket to his. The guy knows he has no chance, his entire campaign staff knows he’s not serious about trying to win the nomination and they resigned en masse as a result last week.

    He’s just trying to feather his nest with one last “hurrah” before all of his political capital is spent. He can say anything he wants because he knows he will never have to deliver, because he’s got about as much chance of being president as I have winning the Mega Millions in back to back drawings.

  • Paul Castillo

    Are you serious? I would like to believe that the majority of Americans are fed up with this ignorant right wing rhetoric, regardless of their pary affiliation. In the last month, the Obama administration has overseen the capture/killing of Osama Bin Laden, and the killing of a senior Al-Qaida official in Somalia. But then again, people who agree and or believe what Newt Gingrich is saying, also hold the belief that Sarah Palin is smart.

  • Jeff

    Well you just lost my vote, Gingrich. The last thing I want is to vote in another Israeli lobbyist disguised as a US politician. The Israeli’s have spied on us, have made an entire religion of billions hate us, and have not shown any gratitude for the sacrifices we’ve given in blood and money. What the US needs is a President who wants to distance us from any involvement in the middle east, a self sustaining US that has no interest on the craziness that goes on there.

  • ES

    Really? The country is falling apart economically and this is his top priority?

  • Paul

    Once again, GOP supporters calling Obama a “traitor”. The next thing they are gonna call him is an “arab”. The repeat of the McCain rallies in 2008. Of course, don’t forget the birth certificate issue. I heard from conservatives that W. Bush should be given the credit for Bin Laden’s death not Obama. Once again the GOP can only resort to the messages of Hate and Fear in order to obtain votes in their favor. Wow…, I fear the worst of our country with another GOP president. I’ll pray every night…

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