Walz touring Middle East with congressional delegation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Tim Walz is is traveling around the Middle East with a congressional delegation this week.

The First District Democrat met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel along with Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Robert Casey, D-Penn.,  and Ted Kaufman D-Del., according to The Jerusalem Post.

The Post reported that Netanyahu told the group that “no one should have any illusions about Iran’s desire to develop a nuclear bomb.” The Post article said:

“Referring to an article in the current issue of Newsweek entitled, ‘They may not want the bomb.’  Netanyahu further said that because Iran was not a responsible regime, but one with ideological true believers at the helm, no one knew how they would use nuclear power.

“On the settlement issue, Netanyahu told the delegation that Israel would deal with the illegal outposts, and as far as existing communities were concerned, there was a need to find a way with the US administration to enable ‘normal life to continue.’”

Later in the day, another news report announced that the delegation had arrived in Damascus for talks with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday morning.

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