Senators call on Obama to back Israel

In letter to US president, 76 senate members call on him to take into account the risks Israel faces.

US senate 248.88 (photo credit: AP)
US senate 248.88
(photo credit: AP)
Seventy-six US senators have called on US President Barack Obama to continue to support Israel and "take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement," AFP reported Tuesday. In a letter sent to the president and signed by 76 of 100 senators, Obama is told that "without a doubt, our two governments will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but the United States' friendship with Israel requires that we work closely together as we recommit ourselves to our historic role of a trusted friend and active mediator. "We must also continue to insist on the absolute Palestinian commitment to ending terrorist violence and to building the institutions necessary for a viable Palestinian state living side-by-side, in peace with the Jewish state of Israel," they wrote. "The more capable and responsible Palestinian forces become, the more they demonstrate the ability to govern and to maintain security, the easier it will be for them to reach an accord with Israel," the letter said. The letter came days after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Obama in Washington for the first time since both leaders took office. During the talks, Obama reiterated previous US insistence that Israel cease all settlement construction, and voiced support for a two-state solution.