Joe Garcia is a strong advocate for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Joe Garcia has traveled to Israel on more than one occasion; not only visiting Tel- Aviv and Jerusalem, but also traveling the streets of Haifa and visiting the Golan Heights and Hebron in the West Bank. Even before these travels Joe Garcia knew the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. As the only real democracy in the Middle East, Israel is a beacon of hope. We must work to support our best ally in the region in her quest for peace and security.