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Frank urges support for Israel in quest for peace
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Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The United States must support Israel's right to exist in order to establish peace in the Middle East, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. told a crowded Salomon 101 last night.

Frank, who spoke at the "Middle East Talks" event co-sponsored by the Brown Democrats and Brown Students for Israel, said support for Israel is crucial in creating a two-state peace between Israel and Palestine. But that support should not be unconditional, he said. It comes with the "right to critique policy" something he said should be in place between all allied nations.

Israel is a country the United States should align itself with, Frank said, referring to its record on human rights. When Frank argued in Congress for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," he cited Israel's policy of allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the military as an example.

Despite being "always under attack," he added, Israel is "one of the most democratic centers in the world."

"Six months ago, if you were an Arab in the Middle East and you were critical of the government, you were safest doing that in Israel," he said, acknowledging that the situation may have changed in wake of the so-called "Arab Spring."
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