U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson issued the following statement today in response to President Obama's speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
"I am disappointed that the White House balked in its belated response to the Hamas-backed Palestinian Authority's attempt to gain statehood through the United Nations," Rep. Johnson said. "This attempt contradicts earlier promises and represents a direct threat to the state of Israel.
"The White House has since pledged to block the Palestinian statehood scheme in the Security Council, but this administration missed a golden opportunity to hold Palestine responsible for its guile and to place blame where it belongs.
"I remain steadfastly committed to protecting Israel's safety and sovereignty, as I have throughout my career."
Rep. Johnson also today signed on to a Dear Colleague letter from House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Chair Steve Chabot opposing Palestinian unilateral efforts at the UN.
Rep. Johnson also joined as a cosponsor to H.R. 394, a resolution that states Congressional support for Israel's right to annex Judea and Samaria in the event the Palestinian Authority continues to press the United Nations to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state.