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Susan Bysiewicz: Two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

When asked about foreign policy, both candidates called for an end to the war in Afghanistan as soon as possible. Both also agreed that the U.S. should support at two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Source: Easton Daily Voice on 2012 CT Senate debate May 24, 2012

Chris Murphy: US support of Israel is in our national security interest

Lee Whitnum, an unemployed software engineer from Greenwich, accused Murphy of "drinking the AIPAC Kool-Aid," referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. She said she is the only U.S. Senate candidate who is not pro-Israel and called AIPAC a "cancer in our government."

Murphy defended U.S. support of Israel, saying it is in the country's national security interest. "I stand with the U.S./Israeli relationship and I'm willing to defend my position on it," he said. "It just should be done without name-calling."

During her closing remarks, Whitnum motioned to Murphy and said, "I'm dealing with whore here, who sells his soul to AIPAC, who will say anything for a job." After the debate, Whitnum acknowledged to reporters that she may have crossed the line. But she defended her overall stance. Murphy joked afterwards that he's been called "bad names" over the last five years.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2012 CT Senate debate Apr 5, 2012

Linda McMahon: Sustainable 2-state solution in Israel; no settlement freeze

Q: What role should the US play in the Israeli-Palestinian talks?

BLUMENTHAL: I believe that a two-state solution is necessary. However, before this objective can be met it is essential that Palestinian leaders stop aiding terrorism. In addition, they must recognize Israel's right to exist as an autonomous nation with Jerusalem as its capital.

McMAHON: I support a sustainable two-state solution to the conflict. This is both essential to the survival & security of Israel as a democracy & a fundamenta American interest. Palestinians must guarantee Israel's security by stating any resolution is truly the end to all violence and that Israel should be recognized as the state of Jewish people. It is not the duty of the US government to dictate the terms o any negotiations. Consequently, I disagree with Pres. Obama calling for a settlement freeze. This decision only emboldened the Palestinians not to negotiate for peace and talks cannot begin if the terrorist organization Hamas remains influential.

Source: Connecticut Jewish Ledger coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Sep 29, 2010

Richard Blumenthal: 2-state solution in Israel after Palestine stops terrorism

Q: What role should the US play in the Israeli-Palestinian talks?

BLUMENTHAL: My dedication to the State of Israel is rooted in deep and longstanding personal ties to the nation and its people. I believe that a two-state solution is necessary to ensure Israel's continued existence as the homeland of the Jewish people, and provide security both for Israel and for the Palestinian people. However, before this objective can be met it is essential that Palestinian leaders stop aiding terrorism. In addition, they must recognize Israel's right to exist as an autonomous nation with Jerusalem as its capital.

McMAHON: I support a sustainable two-state solution to the conflict. This is both essential to the survival and security of Israel as a democracy and a fundamental American interest. Palestinians must guarantee Israel's security by stating any resolution is truly the end to all violence and that Israel should be recognized as the state of Jewish people.

Source: Connecticut Jewish Ledger coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Sep 29, 2010

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