Time for realistic Middle East policy

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Netanyahu’s address emphasizes importance of our ally

Last week I participated in a joint meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to receive Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  
This should have been a positive meeting with America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.  
Instead, the tension in the room was palpable, because everyone there was conscious of President Obama’s speech on Israel last week.
I was shocked to hear the President make the unprecedented suggestion that Israel should revert to its 1967 borders.  
Israel is not only our best friend in this volatile region, but the freest nation.  In fact, Freedom House, an independent organization which rates countries based on their protection of political and civil rights, rated Israel as the only “free” country in the Middle East last year.  
That the President outlined such a troubling policy with regard to our friends in Israel defies imagination.  It goes against our belief in freedom to ask this tiny beacon of human liberty, alone in an area known for violence and chaos, to retreat.  
It goes against our responsibility to the world to ask our strongest ally in the region, a nation that has fought for its right to exist from its very creation, to withdraw to indefensible borders.  

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