President Shimon Peres on Sunday lauded US Presidents Barack Obama's record on security matters relating to Israel as "perfect" and commended him for showing "the deepest understanding and the most forthcoming support."
Peres made these remarks while meeting with a bi-partisan delegation of Senators and Congressman who are members of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which is also known as the Helsinki Commission, a US Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The twenty-one members of the commission comprise nine members from the US Senate and nine from the House of Representatives, plus one each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
Senator Ben Cardin (Dem), the Senator for Maryland, and co-chairman of the Commission is the leader of the delegation which is spending seven days visiting Israel, Turkey and Austria to engage in first hand assessments of democratic, economic and human rights developments, with strong emphasis on the latter.
In welcoming the delegation, Peres said that traditionally the US Congress has been "the strongest bi-partisan support we have."