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Garrett Supports Israel's Right to Build Security Barrier

Location: Washington, DC

Garrett Supports Israel's Right to Build Security Barrier

February 26, 2004, Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) spoke on the U.S. House of Representatives floor to voice his support for Israel in their right to defend their land and their people with a border security barrier:

"I support Israel's construction of a security fence and will support additional miles be built should Israel so decide to continue this defense option. The security fence is a proven way to impede terror, which in turn will help advance the peace process.

"It is situated to protect the lives of Israelis, and is built upon their own land. The separation barrier has thwarted more than 50% of the attempted terrorist attacks against Israel, and the fence around Gaza has prevented all Palestinian suicide bombers from entering the country.

"Palestinians are working to disrupt this pursuit towards peace. Monday, Palestinians presented their case to the United Nation's International Court of Justice (ICJ), standing against the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank, while Israel appealed to world opinion, and moral common sense, to ignore the proceedings it called inherently unfair.

"Israel only began the construction of this fence after a three year period of near daily terrorist attacks that killed 919 Israelis and left thousands maimed for life. More than 40 nations including the United States, have joined Israel in protesting the court's consideration of this matter, because it falls far outside the court's traditional mandate to serve as a mediator between willing states, and would undermine Israel's - and any nation's - right of self-defense as guaranteed by the U.N. Charter.

"Nations around the world must support Israel in their right to defend their land and their people. Israel has every right and must have every-ability to protect their people and their country. Those who say otherwise, that Israel's self-defense is an impediment to progress, miss the point entirely. The destruction of Palestinian terrorism is not an impediment to progress - it is the definition of progress.

"As Israel is a free, democratic, peace-loving nation, and our only ally in a region filled with unrest and American hatred, our nation must do everything we can to support Israel and not stand in the way of Israeli leaders doing what they feel is necessary to protect their citizens and their homeland."

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