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May 24, 2011


Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) issued the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress in a joint session Tuesday:

“Israel is our most cherished ally and the crucible of our shared values of peace, prosperity, and democracy in the Middle East.

“Today we heard Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirm our country’s close relationship with its democratic ally when he said, ‘Israel has always been pro-America. Israel will always be pro-America.’

“We have no greater friend or advocate in the tumultuous Middle East than we do in the Jewish state of Israel.  President Obama and this Administration must continue our unwavering partnership with her and realize that enemies of Israel are also enemies of the United States.

“Israel deserves the right to defend herself. Israel also deserves the right to exist. I agree with Netanyahu that reinstating the 1967 borders is indefensible. This Administration must not force Israel to come to the table with those who deny her right to exist.

“I am proud to stand with Prime Minister Netanyahu and agree that, ‘America has no better friend than Israel.’”

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