Israel Draws Bipartisan Support in Congress

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Strong bipartisan support for the state of Israel was on full display during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday.

From Israeli solidarity to democracy and peace in the Middle East, Republicans and Democrats stressed the historic and strategic significance of Israel's right to exist.

"Israel is a very important country, but it's very small and it needs to be able to defend itself and it does that well," Rep. Glenn Thomas R-Pa., said. "Maintaining those borders are a part of that."

"It was a good speech. It was very well received," Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., said of the prime minister's address.

"I didn't see a lot of difference between where our president was coming from and where they're coming from," he added. "But you still have the very hard work of sitting down and negotiating a peace agreement, and that needs to be done."

Tuesday marked the second time Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress.

His speech outlined his expectations for a peace agreement with Palestinians, and also emphasized the strong relationship Israel will always have with the U.S.

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