(CNN) - Speaking after President Barack Obama's news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said the United States should favor Israelis when it comes to brokering peace in the region.
"I think to some extent, we should play favorites," King said on CNN's "Starting Point." "I mean there is not an equivalency between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel is our closest ally in the Middle East. It is the only democracy in the Middle East. We obviously want to work with the Palestinians and want to bring about peace. But I don’t see either a moral or diplomatic equivalency between the two."
King also said the president's trip to Israel had so far been a success.