Today, I joined my Georgia colleague Jack Kingston and 127 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Obama strongly urging him to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to the United States. With the recent events taking place in the Middle East, including the assassination of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials, we must take steps to strengthen our relationship with our strongest ally in the Middle East. Instead, the president announced he is too busy to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, turning his back once again on Israel.
Our relationship with Israel plays a vital role in maintaining our national security and we must nurture that relationship with continuous communication with them. When Prime Minister Netanyahu visits our country, President Obama should clear time in his schedule -- no matter how many campaign fundraisers he has scheduled that day -- to meet with our closest ally in the Middle East.