U.S. Congressmen Speak out for Israel.
Don’t Give up 1967 Lands
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay
DeLay’s remarks were the latest example of unflinching support for Israel among many U.S. conservative Christians. The Texas Republican got a half-dozen standing ovations from a Washington conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the chief pro-Israel lobbying group.
In his speech, DeLay called Israel “the lone fountain of liberty” in the Middle East and said Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s administration is “nothing more than a holding company for terrorists subsidiaries.”
DeLay also suggested that Israel should not return territory despite the Bush administration’s call for an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank.
He pointedly changed the phrase “West Bank” in the text of his speech to “Judea and Samaria: terms used by those who say these Biblical Jewish territories should remain part of the modern Jewish state. “I’ve toured Judea and Samaria,” he said, “and stood on the Golan Heights (captured from Syria in 1967). I didn’t see occupied territory. I saw Israel.”
DeLay’s address to the conference and the warm reception he received underlined an alliance between some Israel supporters and conservative U.S. Christians that began in the 1980’s and has become much stronger under the Bush administration. (USA Today)
U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Ohio) gave a thunderous address on the Senate Floor. His “Peace in The Middle East” set forth seven reasons that Israel has the right to their land: (1) archeological evidence (2) historic right (3) practical value (agriculture success, etc.) (4) humanitarian (home for the persecuted) (5) strategic ally of the US. (6) roadblock to terrorism, (7) and the final and most important reason : “Because God said so”. He referred to and quoted from Genesis 13:14-17. . -
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