Marino: Israel Cannot Give Up Territory

May 24, 2011 Issues: Foreign Affairs

REP. MARINO RESPONDS TO NETANYAHU SPEECH

“Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the Joint Meeting of Congress today was one of the clearest, most heartfelt, and compassionate pleas regarding Middle East peace that has been delivered in this country or around the world.

“He reached out to the Palestinian people more so than ever in a powerful speech that had members of Congress on both sides of the aisle hanging on every word.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu was not threatening nor demanding. He was gracious when a woman jeered from the floor, turning it into a positive message about the value of democracy.

“I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Netanyahu. Israel cannot give up territory and return to the 1967 borders as suggested by President Obama in an ill-timed statement last week.

“The United States and Israel complement each other. We protect each other’s interests. They have our back and we have theirs.

 “What really impressed me is Mr. Netanyahu’s obvious love and respect for the United States, not just in his words, but in his expressions.”

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