Since Israel became a state in 1948 the U.S. has stood unwaveringly by its ally in the Middle East. I support preserving this strong relationship as it will serve all Americans in an area where there is hostility for our people and our shared democratic way of life.
It's become more important and more obvious than ever before that the United States needs to stand solidly by Israel as tensions continue to rise in the Middle East. Specifically, if Iran acquires a weapon of mass destruction it is not only a major threat to Israel, it's a game changer for the entire world. America must leave every option at its disposal and even consider military action if economic and trade sanctions don't succeed.
The U.N. said in November there is clear and credible evidence that "Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device". That threat is even more of a concern when the mindset of Iran's theocratic government is considered. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel should be wiped off the map and he denied the Holocaust when he spoke at the U.N. last year. I believe removing the threat permanently may come down to regime change.
*I favor strong support of Israel to protect our interests in the Middle East and to ensure the security of the world from the threat of nuclear weapons.
*I support continued American military aid for Israel. A strong Israeli defense buys security for U.S. citizens and shows the world we stand together.
*I believe the U.S. must help facilitate peace in the Middle East, but allow the primary countries involved in that process to negotiate any agreement.
Israel is a friend of the United States of America and we must continue to be an ally of Israel.