Fitzpatrick Statement on Netanyahu Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress:

“I was pleased to welcome Prime Minster Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress today and appreciated the strength and purpose of his address. As the United States’ strongest ally and a force for democracy and freedom in the Middle East, I stand with Israel and their efforts to protect their homeland and prevent proliferation of those who would see them destroyed.
Mr. Netanyahu’s speech was one which sought to unite us across geographical and ideological lines for the common goal of nuclear-free Iran. As the Obama administration continues moving forward with the P5+1 negotiations with Iran in the coming weeks, it is important to heed Mr. Netanyahu’s words and ensure we are engaging in these discussion in a clear and transparent manner — ensuring a role for both Israel and the United States Congress.
Support of Israel has always been an area of bipartisan agreement in our nation’s capital, and it is my hope that moving forward the differences of opinion on small objections to protocol or politics be moved to the side in favor of the larger objective of a safe Israel and a stable region.”

Fitzpatrick is a committed supporter of the U.S.-Israeli alliance and the Israeli people and has visited the country on diplomatic missions in the past. In the last year, Fitzpatrick has signed three letters regarding the P5+1 negotiations and sanctions on Iran. In the 113th Congress he supported both the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act [HR 850] and United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act [HR 938].

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