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Garrett Salutes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address to Joint Session of Congress


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement today following Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress:

"I thank the Israeli Prime Minister for addressing Congress today and I commend him for his commitment to the ongoing peace process with the Palestinians. Like Prime Minister Netanyahu, I do not agree with President Obama's suggestion that Israel revert back to the 1967 borders as a starting point for peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Nor do I agree with President Obama's assertion that Israel can remain secure next to a contiguous Palestine.

"Israel's right to defend itself and live under the protection of a safe and secure border is non-negotiable. The real starting point for negotiations must be a dual-commitment by Palestinians to reject terror and the recognize Israel's right to exist. Only then can we begin the process of negotiating lasting peace in the region and secure a stable future for Israeli and Palestinian children."

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