In answering questions about his policy towards Israel if he were to be President, Texas governor Rick Perry had this to say.
Well, obviously, Israel is our oldest and most stable democratic ally in that region. That is what this is about. I also as a Christian have a clear directive to support Israel. So from my perspective, it's pretty easy. Both as an American and as a Christian, I am going to stand with Israel.
(Start at about 1:45 in the video below.)
We need to combine this with the fact that Perry seems to think that the 1967 borders for Israel are "new borders" being imposed on that country. Concerning Obama's claim (and former President Bush's claim) that the 1967 borders is a starting point to negotiation, Perry said in starting his campaign for President:
He seeks to dictate new borders for the Middle East and the oldest democracy there, Israel...
(See Text of Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Announcement Remarks
Combined, these two policy statements seem to suggest that Perry's foreign policy is to establish and defend Israel's biblical borders - perhaps (as some Christians believe) as a way of triggering Armageddon and the second coming of Christ.
Two quick things to say about this.
First, Mr. Perry, the American military and its soldiers do not exist as a tool for you to use in some fool religious crusade.
Second, this clip and this quote is going to make a wonderful recruiting tool by Muslim extermists who want to portray American actions as anti-Muslim and who want to claim that they are in need of soldiers to defend Islam.