The AFP article can be found here with some of the text of the letter below. It doesn't seem that the Narcissist-in-Chief is willing to listen but at least someone is realizing that we can't leave Israel out to dry like he's doing with our other allies, such as Poland, especially since Iran just successfully launched a new rocket. Israel WILL and has the right to defend itself, even if that defense is preemptive.
Unfortunately, the N-i-C is also going with lack-of-class as usual when dealing with our best allies and didn't even provide lunch for a two hour meeting with Netanyahu. Did no one teach this man even rudimentary manners?? I mean someone walks into our house and they are offered drinks and snacks right after they're offered a chair. If it's around lunch or dinner, they're asked to stay and have a bite. And we're just plain middle-class folks, not those with High Learnings gleaned from the Ivy Leagues.
I personally don't agree with the Senators when they say that we need to continue our programs of US security assistance and training for the Palestinians. They've had their chances, more than once, to get what they SAY they want and they've blown them (literally). Why spend US tax dollars on something that's doomed to failure? Oh yeah, TARP, Stimulus, etc......... Forgot for a moment.
"As we work closely with our democratic ally, Israel, we must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement," 76 of the 100 senators wrote Obama in a letter released to reporters.
"Without a doubt, our two governments will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but the United States friendship with Israel requires that we work closely together as we recommit ourselves to our historic role of a trusted friend and active mediator," they wrote.
Arlen Specter as well as Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and John Thune were the lead authors of the letter, which came one day after Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.