Congressman Rivera, a member of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement on President Barack Obama's speech before the United Nations:
"President Obama missed the mark when he spoke about the issue of Israel and Palestine before the United Nations today. His assertion that "the parties have not bridged their differences' and that "the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in the other's shoes' ignores the fact that Israel has made repeated concessions, and has shown a willingness to take risks for the sake of peace. Palestine has instead responded with terrorist attacks and diplomatic warfare seeking only to undermine and inflict harm on Israel.
"President Obama should have voiced America's support for Israel loud and clear. Instead he missed another opportunity to send a strong message that the Palestinian Authority's efforts to gain status as a full member the UN, without negotiating directly with Israel, are unacceptable. He likewise fell short in no saying that there would be consequences as a result of those actions, including loss of U.S. financial assistance."