Congressman Steve Scalise today met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, members of the Israeli Knesset, and the newly elected Mayor of Ariel in Samaria, during a trip to reinforce the inseparable US-Israeli relationship.
"It was an honor to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," Scalise said. "During our meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, we discussed the importance of the strong bond between the United States and Israel, the status of the peace process, and the need for outside nations, including the United States, to refrain from setting unrealistic expectations or placing pre-conditions on these talks.
"We also emphasized our support for maintaining tough sanctions against Iran in its race to develop nuclear weapons. The sanctions we passed in Congress against Iran are working, and it would be a horrible mistake to back down now that Iran is finally feeling the pressure to abandon its weapons program. Prime Minister Netanyahu has proven his commitment to the peace process, and I'm proud to stand by Israel as they manage the delicate balance between protecting their homeland and working toward a two-state solution with the Palestinians."
Scalise is part of a bipartisan six member delegation participating in meetings with officials in Israel. The delegation also met with the Minister of Economy and Commerce Naftali Bennett, the Minister of Energy Silvan Shalom, and the Minister of Home Front Defense Gilad Erdan, as well as the newly elected Mayor of Ariel in Samaria, Eli Shaviro.