Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently said, “Palestinians must choose between peace with Israel as a Jewish state and a marriage with Hamas, a terrorist organization.” He vowed that he will review aid to a Palestinian government that shares power with Hamas.
He then went on to say, “U.S. law is explicit on this. We will not provide assistance to a Palestinian government in which Hamas has a role and exercises ‘undue influence’….
Whatever its alleged role, Hamas will wield power and influence, and Hamas, under our law, is a terrorist organization opposed to a two-state agreement and supported by Iran.”
Sen. Menendez also expressed serious concerns about the possible outcome of talks with Iran. “I prefer to have no deal than a bad deal.” A good deal “verifiably dismantles” Iran’s nuclear program, “sets it back for many years,” and has “a robust, intrusive inspections regime” in light of Iran’s long record “of deceit and cheating.” Menendez pointed out that only Congress can remove some of the sanctions on Iran.
Clearly, it is very refreshing to see someone in Washington with a great understanding of foreign policy working to improve our national security.