US senators urge Obama to show support for Israel at UN

September 20, 2011 18:21

A group of fourteen US senators on Tuesday called on US President Barack Obama to "issue a strongly worded defense of Israel during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday," and said that "political and physical" attacks on Israel threaten Middle East peace and stability.

The senators wrote a letter to the US president in which they highlighted the recent "troubling" developments in the Middle East, including the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, the anti-Israel rhetoric of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the unilateral Palestinian decision to head to the UN for state recognition.

"We believe it is imperative for you to speak strongly, forthrightly and publicly about US concerns over these developments," the senators wrote, adding "We need to make it clear that we will not tolerate continued threats to Israel by governments or individuals in the region or attempts to delegitimize Israel at the UN or other international forums."

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