Rubio Meets With Israeli President Peres, Netanyahu

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 04:38 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Sen. Marco Rubio met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, his second visit to Israel since he was elected in 2010.

The Florida Republican, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke with the Israeli leaders on a range of topics, including the changing political landscape in the Middle East, Israel’s relations with its neighbors, peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the Iranian nuclear threat, and further strengthening of the U.S.-Israeli strategic relationship, Rubio’s office disclosed in a release.

“There is no more important relationship for the United States, perhaps in the world but certainly in the region, than Israel,” said Rubio.

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“It’s one that has bipartisan support and I’m proud to say that Republicans and Democrats are united on that. We remain deeply committed, above all else, to Israel’s security. Like every nation, like every sovereign people, the people of Israel have the right to be safe.

“The ties between the United States and Israel are unbreakable. Israel represents everything the United States stands for, a vibrant democracy. I greatly appreciate the hospitality of the Israeli people and for the opportunity to meet with President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

Rubio also scheduled meetings with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad during his Middle East trip.

For photos of Rubio’s visit to Israel, click here.

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