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Senate Proceeding on May 19th, 2011 :: 6:20:25 to 6:23:40
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Harry Reid

6:20:23 to 6:20:44( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: obligations and respecting universal human rights. and lastly, but certainly not least, any government participating in the aid package like the one the president talked about today must be committed to regional peace. and in particular, madam president, that includes peace with israel. israel has both the most to gain

Harry Reid

6:20:25 to 6:23:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

6:20:45 to 6:21:06( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: and the most to lose as new attitudes towards freedom and democracy spread throughout the middle east. leaders that are tempted to bait their populations with anti-semitism and other -- and then respond to their passions may be even more dangerous to israel than the regimes that they're replacing.

Harry Reid

6:21:07 to 6:21:27( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: but an adage of international relations is that truly free and democratic societies respect others' existence, recognize one another's right to peace and solve their conflicts through peaceful resolution, not violence, not threats, not terror. as nations throughout the middle east undergo change, we should

Harry Reid

6:21:28 to 6:21:48( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: closely monitor their attitudes toward israel. only nations that are constructive in their attitudes and policies towards our allies rail should be eligible for the kind of aid the president discussed in his speech. none of these conditions are met -- meant to suggest that these governments must be identical or that their leaders must always agree with the united states.

Harry Reid

6:21:49 to 6:22:10( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: i believe, for example, the kingdom of jordan currently meets these standards. i'm hopeful that egypt tion new leertds will commit to these principles as we will. leaders in the palestinian authority should look to them as a model for receiving aid from the united states and other western governments. the president also addressed the need for a peace settlement

Harry Reid

6:22:11 to 6:22:31( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: between the israelis and the palestinians. it would be hard to find anybody in this body who doesn't agree with that concept. we need peace. the israelis need peace. the palestinians need peace. but we need to be very careful that we don't set expectations so high that we create deep challenges, not only for that

Harry Reid

6:22:32 to 6:22:52( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: process but also for the kind of regional acceptance of israel that must occur in order to achieve peace. in particular i'm concerned that the president believes that unilateral concessions by israel, including redefining its borders, are a pathway to peace. i just simply don't think that makes sense p.

Harry Reid

6:22:53 to 6:23:13( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: there doesn't even appear to be a palestinian partner capable of making the hard decisions that must be -- must occur in order to get an agreement. do we really think that hamas that's recently joined the government is going to be a part to a peace deal with israel? the palestinian authority has made real progress on the west

Harry Reid

6:23:14 to 6:23:34( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: bank in recent years while hamas has brought chaos to gaza. a palestinian authority that can't recognize israel can't peace. that's why any financial relationship that the u.s. has with the palestinian authority neighs to be based on the principles i just described. in his famous westminster speech

Harry Reid

6:23:35 to 6:23:40( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: in 1982, president reagan told the world the following: "while we must be cautious about

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