Press Release

Rep. Rob Bishop Reacts to Israeli Prime Minister’s Remarks

Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses Democracy, Peace and Palestine During Address Before a Joint Session of Congress

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Washington, May 24, 2011 | | comments
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered remarks before a joint session of Congress.  During his speech he again stated his criticism of President Obama’s suggestion that an Israeli-Palestinian peace process should start at the 1967 borders.  Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the President’s recommendation and to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu and all Israelis should know that America stands with Israel - one of our greatest allies in the world.  I applaud the Prime Minister for his leadership as a champion of democracy and for his commitment to peace and security throughout the region. Israel is an example that democracy can succeed in the Middle East.  As the Prime Minister noted during his remarks, peace can only be reached by those dedicated to peace, which is why I fundamentally disagree with President Obama’s suggestion that negotiations between Palestine and Israel begin by re-imposing the borders of 1967.  Israel has a right to exist as a state and, like America, a right to maintain defensible borders in order to provide safety and security for its people.”



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