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Murkowski: President Obama’s Middle East Plan “Incomprehensible”

May 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to President Obama’s Middle East speech:

“It’s incomprehensible that just as the Middle East and Northern Africa are moving swiftly into the future this spring, President Obama is trying to move the clock backwards in Israel.  His pronouncement that Israel commit to living within its pre-1967 borders places our most consistent ally in the region at heightened danger during a time of turbulence there.

“I have long held the view that Israel must find its own way to peace with the Palestinian people but not at the expense of forcing Israel to negotiate with terrorist organizations that continue to call for an end to the State of Israel or by ceding territory that denies Israel long term security. This episode is tragically the latest misstep in Obama administration Mideast policy. I would venture to suggest that it does not reflect the viewpoint of Congress as President Obama will likely discover in the coming days.”

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