|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|February 15, 2017
|Rep. Deutch's Statement Following Meeting between PM Netanyahu and Pres. Trump
(Washington) Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, released the following statement following the joint press conference between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu:
"I am pleased to see the commitment from President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu to continue to crack down on Iran for its dangerous support of terrorism and illegal ballistic missile tests. These hostile activities, which are well outside the scope of the nuclear deal, must be met with tough sanctions.
"President Trump made clear today that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians can only come through direct negotiations, and he is correct. The goal of this process must continue to be two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security – a Jewish democratic state of Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.
"Finally, I am appalled that when asked about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in this country, President Trump responded by recounting his vote count in the Electoral College. The President not only refused to directly condemn anti-Semitism, but he couldn’t even bring himself to utter the word 'anti-Semitism.' This continues an alarming trend in this White House, following the refusal to acknowledge that Hitler’s Final Solution was aimed at wiping Jews from the face of the earth, and the complete omission on a list of terror attacks of any acts of terrorism in Israel."
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