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August 4, 2006
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U.S. Republicans want Democrats to reprimand a senior Democratic congressman for his comments about Hezbollah. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) was asked on a Detroit TV station why he was among only eight lawmakers who voted against a resolution supporting Israel in its action against Hezbollah; 410 lawmakers voted in favor. “We must be a fair and honest broker and a friend to all parties,” Dingell said. “The resolution didn’t make us that. We have to have the trust of both the people of Israel and the people of the Arab countries around it, in order to help resolve the problem.” Pressed about Hezbollah’s status as a terrorist group, he said, “I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah or for or against Israel.”

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