Congressman Baffled by PA Stance

(Ocala [FL] Star Banner) Bill Thompson - Recently returned from a trip to Israel, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who sits on subcommittees that oversee the Middle East and terrorism, said he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, as well as military and civilian leaders and Israeli citizens. Security officials he met with while in Israel convinced him that Iran is close to having a nuclear weapon and further developing missiles or "dirty bombs" that could potentially be used against the U.S. Netanyahu said that Israel would prefer to not act alone in trying to halt Iran's nuclear push. Yoho said he was baffled by Erekat's response to his question. Erekat, he said, conceded that the nation of Israel had a right to exist, but rejected the premise that it should be populated by the Jewish people. That position, Yoho said, undermines any real chance of negotiating peace.

2013-08-23 00:00:00

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