United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012

Floor Speech

By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: July 17, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of ``S. 2165; U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012.''

Since 1948 the U.S. and Israel have shared a special bond.

Israel is our greatest ally in a region defined by conflict.

Today, there are significant events in the Middle East that present unique security challenges.

From the upheaval in neighboring states to the defiance of the IAEA by the Iranian regime, Israel is under constant threat.

The Israelis should not be forced to live under duress from a nation that denies the holocaust and Israel's right to exist.

As a nation we must never waiver in our support of Israel's inherent right to self-defense against these threats.

Congress must provide the technology and weapons systems that provide a military advantage over aggressors.

This enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and Israel will provide stability in an increasingly unstable region.

Israel must have the capability and consent to defend themselves or the region will fall deeper into chaos.

I urge my colleagues to support this responsible legislation.

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