On Tuesday, October 18th, Congressman Brad Sherman hosted a Middle East Town Hall meeting at Temple Judea's Tarzana Campus with special guest Gil Artzyeli, the Deputy Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles. The meeting which was attended by over 300 people, focused on recent developments in the Middle East, including terrorism, the US-Israel relationship and Iran's nuclear weapons program. Most of the meeting was devoted to listening and responding to questions from Valley residents.
Before responding to questions, Congressman Sherman, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, briefed the attendants on his extensive work on issues concerning the United States' relationship with countries in the Middle East.
"This is a tenuous time in the Middle East," said Congressman Sherman. "With revolutionary uprisings across the Arab world, we are at a critical point in history. Time and again, the Iranian regime has proven to be the greatest threat to peace and stability in the region. In order to ensure a stable Middle East, we must prevent Iran from obtaining or developing nuclear weapons. Furthermore the United States must remain a strong supporter of democracy and a stalwart ally to Israel, our closest friend in the region."
Deputy Consul General Gil Artzyeli also helped to answer questions from Valley residents regarding US-Israel relations and Middle East policy. Artzyeli's post covers Southern California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. He has been a member of the Israeli Foreign Service since 1994.