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Keeping our commitment to Israel

Friday, April 27, 2012

Keeping Our Commitment to Israel

This past week marked the 64th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. From day one, the United States and Israel have enjoyed a strategic partnership based on shared democratic values, friendship, and respect. With the escalating instability in the Middle East and the threat of a nuclear Iran, it is as important as ever we stand firmly with our most important ally in the region.

Violence against Israel, led by extremist groups, is relentless and it illustrates the need for the U.S. to continue providing strong and unequivocal support for our key ally. Just last month, the worst violence in more than a year erupted when radical militants fired hundreds of rockets into Israeli territory, one of which hit a school. Sadly, these indiscriminate attacks are just part of daily life in the land many faiths call home.

Just like every other nation, Israel always must have the ability to defend herself and has the obligation to protect her citizens. Still, the United Nations has frequently and disproportionately singled out Israel for exercising her basic right of self-defense. Even more concerning, the same extremists who seek Israel's destruction also seek the destruction of the United States. Strengthening Israel's security against our common enemies ultimately strengthens our own security.

Keeping our commitment to Israel is one of my top foreign policy priorities, which includes preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Such an event would represent an existential threat to not only the Jewish people, but also the United States and the West. Meanwhile, Iran continues to manipulate the negotiation process over its suspect nuclear program, and I remain concerned about the current Administration's approach in the face of this grave threat.

Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terror and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capability. Through its proxy armies of Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Iranian regime has for years been actively supporting terrorists carrying out sustained attacks on U.S. military personnel and Israeli civilians. When Iran's Holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he wishes to "wipe Israel off the map," we must take him at his word.

Despite the partisan rancor in Washington, America's unwavering commitment to Israel remains a strong bridge of bipartisanship between political parties in Congress. As a member of the GOP Israel Caucus and having visited Israel, I will continue to work with my colleagues to help bring peace and stability to the Middle East.

Our strategic relationship with Israel dates back to when President Harry Truman became the first world leader to officially recognize the Jewish State -- just 11 minutes after her people declared their independence. Now, we must continue to work together to strengthen this crucial alliance, built upon shared concerns and values, as threats continue to materialize in the region.

For more information about this issue, the latest developments in Congress, or to sign up for Congressman Smith's e-mail newsletter, please visit http://adriansmith.house.gov.

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Israel has nothing to worry about,America in your pocket. We give Israel the most foreign aid than any country , we give Israel the most weapons than any country on the face of the earth. No other country has more congress men , state dept officals , new paper owner, Tv personality, hollywood stars,spies,all with duel citizenship with Israel.We got your back,they got our balls

-- Posted by Ralph Spyer on Fri, Apr 27, 2012, at 5:10 PM

Isn't it wonderful, when you think about it, that all Christians have dual citizenship with Israel, through the Messiah of Judah, Yawshua/Jesus. Not only do we have dual citizenship, we are Adopted into the Family of Israel. Yeee-Haaa!!! and AMEN, I will 'bless' them, whenever I can.

Keep up the good work, Adrian. (Gen 12:2,3)

-- Posted by Navyblue on Sat, Apr 28, 2012, at 11:09 AM

All the lives spent and money wasted by both sides over different views of the same fairy tale character is just plain stupid.

-- Posted by carlsonl on Tue, May 1, 2012, at 5:09 PM


please vote this neocon wannabe out of office

he and his kind are what going wrong with this country

-- Posted by bbens on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 9:28 PM

@ Carlson1- You never know Rep. Smith might be working out of the Book of Mormon which asserts that the indigenous inhabitants of North America are descended from the 10 lost tribes of Israel, so since they were here first, we might actually be a Jewish nation with a direct connection to Israel other than through the arms industry and AIPAC.

-- Posted by davis_x_machina on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 9:01 AM

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