"It's time for President Abbas to stand up before his people and say, 'I will accept a Jewish state.' Those six words will change history. "
- BENJAMIN NETANYAHUPrime Minister of Israel, responding, in a speech to U.S. Congress, to President Obama's Middle East peace proposals and calling on the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, to accept that Palestinians will not get a right of return in Israel
"Our members have been very interested in demonstrating that we stand with Israel."
- BRENDAN BUCK,House Speaker John Boehner's press secretary, on the Republican invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress, despite a lack of official word from the White House about how to reopen Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
"That power of the purse belongs to the people, and that is where it is vested. It is vested in the branch that represents the people, elected by the people."
- ROBERT BYRD,Senator, in a 1994 interview on the role of the U.S. Congress in government; the West Virginia Democrat, who was the longest-serving member of Congress, died on Monday morning
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