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Rep. Garrett Calls for Retraction from White House Over Recent Comments about Israel's Commitment to Peace

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) is calling for a retraction of comments by top White House official Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region. In a recent foreign policy address, Gordon questioned Israel's commitment to peace by saying: "How can Israel have peace if it's unwilling to delineate a border [and] end the occupation…?"

"The Obama administration should immediately repudiate Mr. Gordon's comments. As Israel defends itself against countless rocket attacks from Hamas, it shouldn't also have to defend itself against those in the White House. While the Obama administration says it supports Israel, these comments obviously stand in stark contrast to that commitment and must be retracted. My heart goes out to those who have been the victims of these attacks. I wholeheartedly support our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East as they seek to eliminate those who are perpetrating this violence."

This week, Congressman Garrett co-sponsored H. Res. 657, a resolution that reaffirms the United States' support for Israel's right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel, condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel, and calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.


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