U.S. Representative Paul C. Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's remarks on the Middle East and North Africa:
"It is unfortunate that President Barack Obama's remarks today did nothing to genuinely promote a lasting peace in the Middle East. Instead, the President clearly communicated that he is willing to sacrifice the long-standing relationship between the United States and Israel, as well as to compromise the legitimate security interests of the state of Israel. President Obama communicated to the most radical elements of the anti-Israeli forces in the region that Israel no longer has a reliable ally in the White House.
"President Obama's call for Israel to return to the pre-1967 borders in "land swaps' with Palestine is utterly unacceptable. This would leave Israel in a highly vulnerable position. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said that it would leave the nation "indefensible.'
"I strongly urge President Obama to abandon this course of action and demand the recognition of Israel's right to exist rather than appeasing and encouraging their enemies."