Netanyahu with Majority Leader Eric Cantor 311.
(photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with 25 Republican members of the
US House of Representatives on Monday, and thanked them for their
support of Israel.
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"Those who fire missiles at Israel are
supported by Iran with weapons, money and training. They constitute a
forward Iranian post on our borders," Netanyahu told them. "Just as Iran
threatens us, so too it threatens the US."
prime minister also spoke about the Iron Dome's effectiveness in
intercepting missiles and his intention to station additional batteries.
The delegation was led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price.
to a meeting with President Shimon Peres Cantor told journalists that
the three congressional delegations totaling 81 people that came to
Israel this month collectively represent the largest ever congressional
delegation to visit this country.
The members of the delegation are interested in the promotion of peace
progress and freedom which is what Israel stands for, said Cantor.
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Cantor voiced the most strenuous objections to the recognition of the
Palestinian Authority as a state at the United Nations. He also warned
that if the Palestinians realized their objective, their funding will be
in jeopardy. "It essentially obviates all agreements of the past" said
Cantor who also expressed his serious objection to the Palestinian
Authority alliance with Hamas.
Asked how America would react to a barrage of rockets such as the
onslaught against Israel, Cantor replied "America would not tolerate
rockets being launched against our citizens."
Cantor said he was totally in favor of the action taken by the IDF to
thwart attacks against Israel and was also very impressed with the
efficiency of the Iron Dome program.
At the meeting with the delegation, Peres also mentioned the Iron Dome
and said that Israel would not have been able to acquire it without
America's assistance. Peres estimated that in recent days the Iron Dome
program had helped saved more than one million lives, including those of
women and children.
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