Washington,Â DCÂ -Â U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement with regard to the Presidentâ€™s speech on:
â€œThe President had a worthwhile focus on human rights and the need for a transition to Middle Eastern democracy. Â I had hoped hiswould have had teeth by directly calling on Syrian dictator to step down.
â€œThe Presidentâ€™s new decision to alter U.S. policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process concerns me. Â Palestinian calls for â€˜1967 bordersâ€™ should be outweighed byâ€™s need for secure borders to ensure the survival of a critical U.S. ally. Â The President should block U.S. taxpayer assistance to Palestinian leaders who teamed up with a group his Administration certified as a terrorist organization â€“ Hamas â€“ responsible for the murder of at least 26 American citizens. Â America has no greater ally and political supporter than the Israeli democracy.â€