Samaria leaders with John Fleming
Samaria leaders with John Fleming Shomron Regional Council

Members of the United States Congress have expressed their objection to Israel’s decision to release 104 terrorist murderers as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority so that it would restart peace talks with Israel.

The Congress members have been meeting with leaders of the Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council, who in recent weeks have answered Secretary of State John Kerry’s pressure to restart talks with a campaign of their own in Washington, D.C.

Samaria leaders established their own Foreign Ministry earlier this year after realizing that other groups were not going to take the lead in promoting Israeli communities in the region.

The leaders have met with some 25 members of Congress, including Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, John Fleming and Louie Gohmert.

Most of the Congress members, noted the Shomron Regional Council, were surprised to find out that almost 700,000 Jews reside in Judea and Samaria and that Samaria was literally in the heart of the State of Israel.

The members of Congress admitted that they "never met an Israeli resident of Judea and Samaria" and certainly did not receive any first-hand information on the region. They all expressed their support for Israel, said that the U.S. should not pressure Israel to restart peace talks, and said they object to Israel releasing terrorists.