Perry is about as pro-Israel as it gets.
(Jewish Weekly) — Believe it or not, Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a hand in preventing those pesky Gaza-bound “Freedom Flotillas” from ever reaching Israeli waters.
Perry, a devout Christian who loves the Jewish state, has taken many trips to Israel — more than any other Republican candidate, in fact. While on one of those tours, Perry met Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, co-founder of Shurat HaDin, an Israeli law center.
“I once spoke at a mission that Perry took part in, in Israel,” Darshan-Leitner recently told Commentary’s Alana Goodman. “And he approached me and said, ‘I love what you do. It’s amazing what you do. If you ever need help combating Israel’s enemies, I’m here to assist.'”
Perry made good on that promise in July, when a cohort of liberal activists boarded a Gaza-bound aid boat with the goal of breaching Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza strip.
Several of the activists aboard the flotilla happened to be Americans, and upon realizing this, Shurat HaDin’s crack lawyers took action, according to Goodman. They charged that the U.S. citizens were in violation of the Neutrality Act, a law that prohibits Americans from participating in hostile acts against allied countries.
“So we approached the Attorney General of the United States to fix it,” Darshan-Leitner told Goodman. “And we also got Gov. Rick Perry to write a letter to [Attorney General] Eric Holder.”
Ultimately, nine of the 10 boats that participated in the Israel-bashing exercise never made it to the Jewish state, thanks in part to Gov. Rick Perry.