Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) today called on President Obama to abandon his call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders as a condition for moving forward with peace negotiations with the Palestinians. The call comes just weeks after the Palestinian Authority announced an agreement with the terrorist organization Hamas.
"I was surprised and disappointed by that the President would preempt Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit by laying out an unrealistic requirement," said Kingston. "These decisions should be made in Tel Aviv by Israelis not in Washington by U.S. politicians. While I am encouraged that the President is engaging on this important issue, I urge him to abandon this misguided precondition to peace talks."
Kingston, a senior member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, recently returned from a bipartisan delegation to the Middle East. While there, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is slated to address a joint session of Congress next week as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.