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Congresswoman Hartzler disappointed with President Obama's missed Middle East moment

May 20, 2011
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, is expressing disappointment with President Obama’s proposal for Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders.

“President Obama’s call for Israel to make more sacrifices in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East is unacceptable,” said Hartzler. “The borders that were established in 1967 followed three wars launched against Israel. The territory acquired by the Israelis after they were subjected to unprovoked attacks serves as a buffer between Israel and enemies intent on destroying her.”

“We all want to see peace in the Middle East,” added Hartzler. “But it is unrealistic and naive to think that peace will come as a result of Israel – the only democratic state in the region – making more concessions. Restoring the pre-1967 borders would be a victory for Hamas, a terrorist group committed to Israel’s demise. This is not the path to peace and the President should acknowledge this.”

“President Obama must stand by our most steadfast ally in the region,” concluded Hartzler. “He must acknowledge that peace cannot be achieved through Israel weakening its ability to defend itself againstterrorists; it can only come about through the Palestinians accepting Israel’s right to exist. The President should insist on that as a prerequisite to any further negotiations.”

Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.