The peace process between Israel and the Palestinians was troubled even before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ran for re-election, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Sunday, but at the end of the day, the United States has a strong relationship with Israel that will continue.
"It's not in a good place, but I think the peace process [already] seemed like it was at a halt," the Illinois Republican told CNN "State of the Union"
host Gloria Borger Sunday. "It's always surprising when the president is upset about election rhetoric."
This past week, Obama said he was not pleased
about Netanyahu's campaign statements about the Palestinian state, when he said that it would not happen during his leadership. Earlier on Sunday's show, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain slammed the president for putting too much weight into Netanyahu's campaign speeches.
But all the same, Kinzinger, an Iraq war veteran, said it is obvious that Congress is united on the issue of Israel, and he expects that will continue.
Meanwhile, Kinzinger appeared on Sunday's show along with Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a fellow Iraq war veteran, to discuss the ongoing situation in that country and the escalation of the Islamic State.
"When I left Iraq in '09, we had the war won," said Kinzinger. "Iraqi forces were acting well. We had the military component figured out. When I was flying, we were finding bad guys and doing mop-up operations."
However, he went back six months ago as a congressman, and seeing what is happening there is disappointing.
"With Iraqi forces, look, when we left in 2011, [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri] al-Maliki made the force secular," said Kinzinger. "They had leadership in there that had no ability to lead troops. Leadership melted away in the face of ISIS."
Gabbard said that she and other veterans carry the high human cost of war with them, and that it's important to define the United States' role in defeating ISIS so "we don't repeat the same mistakes of the past, that we truly understand who our enemy is, what's driving them, so we can come to a clear and effective strategy to defeat them and protect the American people."
Kinzinger agreed that the U.S. needs to be clear about its real enemy.
"Iraq is looking out saying we have to survive," he said. "That's why they're reaching to Iran. But Iran's help doesn't come without a very steep price."
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