Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today voted in favor of H.R. 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. The bill would state that it is U.S. policy to:
1) Reaffirm the commitment to Israel's security as a Jewish state.
2) Provide Israel with the military capabilities to defend itself and help preserve its qualitative military edge.
3) Expand military and civilian cooperation.
4) Assist in a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in two states living side by side in peace and security.
5) Encourage Israel's neighbors to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
The bill also expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should take specified actions to assist in Israel's defense.
In April, on the 64th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel, Amodei released the following statement:
"In a world full of uncertainty and adversaries who would do America harm, it's important we take time to recognize not only the 64th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel, but also the enduring bond between our two nations. Israel stands as a shining example that democracy can indeed flourish in the Middle East. But that democracy requires vigilance, on their part and ours.
"In my office hangs a framed quote by John. F. Kennedy, which I think is particularly appropriate on this day:
'Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.'"