U.S. Rep.-elect Doug CollinsThe newest member of Georgia’s congressional delegation issued on Tuesday his first public statement, condemning “radical Islam” for renewed violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Republican Congressman-elect Doug Collins said the border conflict between the two Middle Eastern states was “intolerable,” and that the United States must remain in Israel’s corner.

“The recent violence against Israel is intolerable and must come to an end,” Collins, a Gainesville attorney and chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, said. “As someone who has served overseas in our military and seen first-hand the devastation put in place by radical Islam, I wholeheartedly support the decision made by Israeli leaders to defend their country and protect its citizens.”

“For years, Israel has been our country’s greatest ally in the Middle East, and we must continue to stand with them during this time,” he added.

– James Richardson