Democrats welcomed this, and also stressed several times that Obama has a commitment to a safe, secure Israel. These comments on the House floor came just one week after the special election in New York's ninth congressional district that had many wondering if Obama was losing support from Jewish voters in light of what some say has been Obama's lackluster support for Israel.
Others agreed that the Palestinian Authority's effort to win statehood would hurt the chances of Middle East peace. The PA's association with Hezbollah, a group that continues to war against Israel, has led to fears that an official Palestinian state would only create more tensions.
"This action will indisputably set back the prospects of a settlement between the parties, and call into question the commitment of Palestinian leaders to genuine and lasting peace," Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) said about the PA's efforts.
Other members speaking in support of Obama's remarks were Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Ted Deutsch (D-Fla.), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).