Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger meets with Netanyahu

Aug 16, 2013
Press Release
CONTACT:  Jamie Bowers, 704-365-6234
August 16, 2013


JERUSALEM – Following his Friday morning meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement:
“While in Israel this week with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, we have been evaluating the strategic alliance between Israel and the United States, which is important to the national security of both countries.  As Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, it is vital to assess our mutual objectives of combating the unrelenting war by radical Islamic terrorists and the nuclear threat from Iran.
“This morning, Majority Leader Cantor and I met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and earlier this week with Israeli President Shimon Peres, the Ministers of Intelligence and Defense, and the American and Israeli ambassadors.  We also met with the Chief Negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, whom I challenged to explain why he demanded the release of 120 violent criminals as a pre-concession for peace negotiations.  A true man of peace does not seek favor for terrorists.
“Israel has sustained remarkable security in the midst of extremely hostile neighbors, and I traveled to Israel to learn from their experience.  As biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons become more accessible to terrorists and rogue nations, we must increase our vigilance to protect the United States.”
Upon his return from Israel, Congressman Pittenger will continue one of the most active town hall schedules in Congress, with meetings in Matthews (August 21st), Ballantyne (August 22nd), Mooresville (August 26th), Cornelius (August 28th), and Waxhaw (August 29th).