US House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer 311 (R).
(photo credit: Yuri Gripas / Reuters)
most high-ranking dignitaries from the United States tend to avoid
demonstrators on behalf of imprisoned Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard,
Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip in the House of Representatives of the
US Congress had no such inhibition. Hoyer explained to The Jerusalem Post
that the Pollard issue was a legal matter to be discussed by the legal
systems of Israel and the United States and there was not much that he
could do about it.
Hoyer stopped to talk on Wednesday
with demonstrators opposite the President's Residence, where a
delegation he is leading met with President Shimon Peres.
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He also told reporters prior to the meeting
with President Peres that he was the sponsor of a resolution that
clearly put the United States on record as being opposed to the United
Nations unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.
declaration, he said, was not a positive step and that if necessary, the
United States would use its right to veto in the UN Security Council.
The best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said, was
direct negotiations without preconditions. he hoped this would happen