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Florida Republicans decry Obama's call for Israel to go back to 1967 borders

Story on Obama's speech here.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio: “I’m pleased the President used his unique platform to address America and the Middle East during this critical moment in history.  We need to back up our words with actions and policies. ... Unfortunately, the President’s reference to Israel’s 1967 borders marks a step back in the peace process, as the U.S. must not pre-determine the outcome of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.  Our focus should be in encouraging direct and meaningful negotiations between the sides, and to continue playing an important role as a security guarantor in the region.

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation: "Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state."

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami: "... I am also disappointed that the President failed to call on the Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and instead imposed new pressure on Israel to make concessions on its borders."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 4:32pm]


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