May 19, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today blasted President Obama’s speech in which the President publicly called for a Palestinian state based on Israel’s borders before 1967. Inhofe last visited Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in late February 2011.
“This proposal is a slap in the face of our friend and democracy’s only ally in the Middle East: Israel,” said Inhofe. “As a nation, we should support and promote freedom and democracy in the region, but we should not do so at the expense of Israel. That land belongs to Israel – period.
“Based on archeological evidence and historical right, that land belongs to Israel. As I have outlined several times before, Israel is a strategic ally to the United States that acts as a roadblock to terrorism. Every other country in that region hates Israel and would stop at nothing for Israel’s destruction just as they would stop at nothing to see our own destruction. President Obama’s speech today kowtows to the very forces that hate us. I will try to address all these issues on the Senate floor next week to refute President Obama’s message today.”
To read Inhofe’s past speech on Israel, click here.