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Rubio Welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington, Calls for America to Strengthen Alliance with Israel

Feb 15, 2017 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement today as President Trump hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House:

“As the forces of terrorism and tyranny further destabilize the Middle East, America’s special relationship with the Jewish state of Israel remains more important than ever. Israel is a fellow democracy and our closest ally in the region, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington offers our two nations the opportunity to revitalize our indispensable bond—especially after the Obama Administration underestimated the threat posed by ISIS, shamefully let the U.N. Security Council pass the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Resolution 2334, and gave Iran a dangerously flawed nuclear deal that empowered and enriched the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism. I look forward to working with President Trump and my colleagues in Congress to make it clear that Israel is not the obstacle to peace and security in the Middle East. We must do all we can to turn a new page in our historic alliance with the Jewish state and make it even stronger in the 21st century.”