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Steve Daines: Congressional support for Israel is bipartisan & strong

Daines said support for Israel is definitely bipartisan in Congress. "There are few issues that unite the US Congress any more, but one of them is our policy in support of Israel," he said. "They are our strongest ally in the Middle East, they are the strongest democracy in the Middle East. They are a force of stability, and that does tie directly to our national interests."

[Returning from a trip to Israel], Daines said the PLO wants a Palestinian state, while Israel is insisting that the Palestinians recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state of Israel. He said there's some optimism that the latest peace talks could move toward resolving the issues, but Daines said "it's also couched in historical reality, that we are still a long ways away from that solution."

"The main issue for Israel is their security as well as the recognition of Israel," Daines said.

Source: Ravalli Republic coverage of 2014 Montana Senate debate Aug 20, 2013

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