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June 14, 2010
Zydanowicz calls for strong support for Israel
Press release from Mark Zydanowicz, a Republican congressional hopeful in the 1st District who is angling to grab is party's backing from endorsed candidate Ann Brickley:
ZYDANOWICZ: U.S. MUST SUPPORT ISRAEL,
LARSON STILL SILENT
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (June 11, 2010) -- Republican First Congressional candidate Mark Zydanowicz today said he steadfastly believes the United States must support Israel and push for a peaceful resolution to the Gaza blockade situation. "My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones -- which included an American citizen -- as well as those related to the injured Israeli commandos," Zydanowicz said, "but the United States must show strength and foresight."
Zydanowicz expressed concern that U.S. Rep. John Larson, despite being pressed by the media for his views on the situation, remains silent.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "The raid was justified because the ships were headed to breach Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, which it imposed to stop the flow of weapons to the territory. The ships ignored repeated Israeli warnings to turn back and offload their cargo at the port of Ashdod for truck delivery to Gaza after a security check."
Zydanowicz, an officer with the Connecticut National Guard who has served in Iraq, stands by Israel.
"Just like any other nation, Israel has the right to protect her borders and thus ensure the security of its citizens," he said. "It is imperative the United States fully support Israel now, or be prepared to react later when tensions escalate and become unmanageable in the region."
The U.S. should not, Zydanowicz believes, just be an observer to a situation that carries such massive ramifications.
"When a country is being attacked by an extremist group like Hamas -- who controls the Gaza strip -- a calculated response for the region should be sanctioned," said Zydanowicz. "The Obama administration needs to have direct involvement with peace negotiations in the area. Sadly, these are not circumstances simply dissipate. This must be addressed and done so sooner, rather than later."
Zydanowicz will primary Ann Brickley on Aug. 10.
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