June 14, 2012 Leave a comment
By Melissa Weiss, Staff Writer
Washington, June 14 – Israel is an island of stability in the Middle East, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said at a policy lunch in Washington Thursday.
“The region is more dangerous than ever,” Portman, who last week returned from a trip to the Middle East, said during a press gaggle after speaking during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference’s kickoff reception. “If you look at Israel’s borders, they are all more volatile and dangerous.”
While in the Middle East, the Republican vice presidential hopeful met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Today in Washington, he said he hoped that Israel’s recent political changes will impact the stalled peace process.
“There’s an opportunity with the new coalition government to work with the Palestinian Authority toward a two-state solution and peace talks that would help to stabilize that region in order, frankly, to be in a better position to deal with these larger regional dangers.”