Mr. BARROW. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my continued support for our strongest ally in the Middle East, the State of Israel.
I recently traveled to Israel with a bipartisan group of colleagues to see
firsthand the very real threats Israel faces every day. The relationship between the United States and Israel is based on a shared commitment to democratic values.
Like the United States, but to a much greater extent and for a lot longer, Israel has stood against those who use terror against civilians as a means of bringing about political change.
Recent reports suggest that the Palestinian Authority may form a union with Hamas, a terrorist organization that intentionally targets Israeli civilians for political gain. Unless and until Hamas renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist, any such union with Hamas would mean that the Palestinian Authority chooses violence and extremism over peaceful coexistence among the family of nations.
I urge all of my colleagues to stand up for Israel and to oppose any such alliance between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.