05/23/2011 08:23 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

HuffPost's Sam Stein Discusses Obama, Israel On 'Hardball' (VIDEO)

HuffPost's Sam Stein appeared Monday on MSNBC's 'Hardball' to discuss President Obama's proposal for a two-state solution in the Israel.

Chris Matthews brought up recent Republican criticism of Obama's proposal. Stein explained, "what we have here is a routine of Republicans trying to make Israel a wedge for Obama ... for the Evangelicals, for wealthy Jewish Republican donors possibly. I went back, I looked at the '08 speech that McCain gave at AIPAC. It was very similar in terms of its denunciation of Obama. Only in that case it was about Obama saying he wanted to talk to his enemies without preconditions. So this is a routine."

Stein stated that "the border issue is like the easiest conceptual issue to argue about, it's lines on a map." He discussed how there are other much more complex issues to resolve, and he reiterated that Republicans are using the border issue "as a wedge to get at Obama and to drive support towards their camps."


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