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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Netanyahu Meets Senators Mike Lee and Mario Rubio

Nadene Goldfoot

We have a lot of new senators coming into the government. Mike Lee, Utah's Senator elect just had a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Israel is not new to him. His wife attended Brigham Young U's extension in Jerusalem. 60 % of these new people are Evangelical Christians and 50%-60% are from the new Tea Party. Both groups have been supportive of Israel. There are 112 new congressmen for the new year and 96 are Republicans. 16 Republicans will enter the Senate. Lee, age 39, is the 2nd to visit Israel. Lee is the youngest and most conservative. His father was a lawyer and wrote a book about the constitution.

The first to visit Israel was Mario Rubio, a Republican from Florida. He's also just 39 years old and the son of Cuban exiles. He was born in Miami. According to, in a speech Rubio gave on Israel in June to the Republican Jewish Coalition, he called on the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem and talked “about the need for the United States to stand with Israel without equivocation or hesitation.”

"In a pre-election position paper Lee wrote that Israel is Washington’s closest ally in the US, and “faces many of the same threats confronting the United States.”..... that Israel should remain – and be recognized by the Palestinians as – a Jewish state.”

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