Friday, August 07, 2009

Iran is the problem, not Israeli settlements

From AFP, 7/8/09:

JERUSALEM — Senior US Republican Congressman Eric Cantor said on Thursday that the world should stop pressuring Israel over settlements and concentrate instead on the threat from a nuclear Iran.

Cantor, Republican Whip in the House of Representatives, said the main obstacle to Middle East peace is the Palestinian refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and not the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

..."We believe the focus should be on the existential threat to Israel from a nuclear-armed Iran," said Cantor, who is leading a 25-strong delegation of Republican lawmakers on a weeklong visit.

...Cantor insisted Washington should push for tough sanctions on the "terrorist regime" in Iran.

"We share the view with Prime Minister Netanyahu that we do not want to see undue pressure placed on Israel...and the Palestinians have to accept, that Israel is a Jewish state," he said.

...A similar delegation of 30 Congressmen from President Barack Obama's Democratic party is to travel to Israel next week.
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