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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after attending an address from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress:

“It was a great honor to have Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu address a joint meeting of Congress today where he reaffirmed the importance of a strong alliance between the United States and Israel. As we all work to see freedom and stability in the Middle East, maintaining a strong strategic alliance with Israel - our greatest ally in the region - is of critical importance. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks provided another stark reminder of the hatred and evil that the Iranian regime represents. Congress has a vital obligation to conduct rigorous oversight of the Administration’s negotiations with Iran because allowing Iran to achieve the nuclear capabilities it seeks would pose an existential threat not only to Israel, but the world.

“I am grateful for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s leadership in the effort to prevent a nuclear Iran and that the American people had the opportunity to receive his invaluable perspective on these critical issues today.”