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Washington, D.C. – Majority Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding senior Obama Administration officials attacking Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

“I am profoundly concerned about reports that senior Administration officials are attacking the character of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East. Unfortunately, these are not isolated insults; they are part of a pattern of disrespectful and profoundly counterproductive behavior that has strained the critical alliance between the United States and Israel. 

 “I call on President Obama to firmly repudiate these views and to instruct his staff that such comments are completely unacceptable.

 “No ally of the United States is perfect.  Nor is any American administration.  But responsible Presidents ensure their advisors work through policy differences with our closest partners respectfully and through the appropriate channels. Anonymous insults directed at allied leaders and delivered through the media are unprofessional, disgraceful, and undermine America’s interests by calling into question America’s reliability as a partner.

 “The United States Congress is firmly committed to the U.S.-Israel alliance and will continue to resolutely oppose unilateral efforts by the Palestinians at the United Nations, and demand that Palestinian leaders join Israel in seeking a negotiated, two-state solution to the conflict that allows both sides to live in peace and security.”