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The United States was the first country in the world to recognize Israel as a nation on May 14, 1948, and from that day to this the U. S. and Israel have been strong and steadfast allies. I am confident that Israel will never abandon their friendship with America, and I am determined that as a Member of Congress I will be a strong and constant advocate for maintaining our support of Israel.

 Our two nations also have a shared economic interest.  Israel is home to some innovative companies such as Nice Systems, Water-Gen and Wix that grow and develop because of a strong and fair economic climate. As such many U.S. companies have built offices in the Silicon Wadi, Israel's version of our Silicon Valley, like Google, IBM, Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Facebook and HP. Israel's business friendly environment creates not only a viable trading partner but also influences the entire world. Without U.S. support this hot bed of technological innovation would not be possible.

Israeli-American friendship is built on shared beliefs in the importance of faith and community, freedom, and human rights. But as much as our relationship is built upon the foundation of these enduring values, it is also a matter of strategic imperative.  Israel is under constant threat from those who believe it has no right to exist, and those forces are the very same ones who constantly scream “death to America,” and launch terrorist attacks against the U.S. and the rest of the free world.

Iran is the largest single financial supporter of terrorism around the world today, and a nuclear Iran would be a real and growing threat not only to Israel and its safety, but to America and our citizens, greater stability in the Middle East, and to the world beyond as well through proliferation. The threat of a nuclear Iran is not just an Israeli problem, it is a global problem.  America must be committed to preventing the emergence of a nuclear Iran,and must never negotiate a proposal which would lead to such an outcome. We must keep all options on the table in order to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

I support the two-state solution to the Middle East peace process, and commend Israel for its willingness to negotiate on this basis, which it has demonstrated over and again throughout the years.  The requirement must be, however, that any Palestinian state thus created must recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, and must forswear the use of terrorism and violence.  Terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah have continually been unwilling to accept this simple formula for peace, and their constant attacks, utilizing armaments supplied by Iran, Syria and others, have forced Israel to defend itself militarily. Unless and until the Palestinian people are able to find leadership that will renounce these belligerent policies, peace will not be forthcoming.

As a Marine in Iraq, I learned that one of our most important rules of engagement was the right of self defense / preservation.  As the United States has this right, so does the state of Israel. 

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