(AP). House Speaker John Boehner In an address Sunday to the Jewish National Fund conference in Cincinnati,says the U.S. commitment to Israel should be stronger now as the American ally faces challenges to its existence in the volatile Middle East.
"The Jewish state stands above others as the one true beacon of freedom and opportunity in the region."
"The U.S., must stand by Israel's side not just as a broker or observer — but as a strong partner and reliable ally."
"Israel has shown that it seeks nothing more than peace ... a peace agreed to by the two states and only the two states."
Boehner, in his speech, did not mention Obama, but did recall his invitation to Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, also in May, and the message the prime minister delivered.
"The American people deserved to hear from him — and Washington, quite frankly, needed to hear what he had to say, I invite the people in this room — and anyone as concerned as I am about the future of Israel — to speak out. Washington needs to hear from you, too."