There is no more important strategic partnership for the United States in the Middle East and globally than that with our long-standing democratic ally, Israel. Given the grave threats of radical extremism, terrorism and deadly rocket attacks, a nuclear Iran, and hostile neighbors, the United States must unequivocally support the Jewish state of Israel. As a Member of Congress, I strongly advocate for even greater bilateral cooperation between Washington and Jerusalem militarily, economically, and politically.
The United States must stand firmly with the Israeli people, at the United Nations and elsewhere internationally, in their right of self-defense against terrorism perpetrated by Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as leading state sponsors of terrorism, Iran and Syria. The United States should continue to combat the delegitimization of Israel at the United Nations, including the rejection of anti-Israel resolutions like the one-sided, inaccurate, and prejudicial Goldstone Report on the Gaza War that fails to hold Hamas and its patron Iran responsible for killing innocent Israelis and using Palestinian women and children as human shields.
I strongly oppose any efforts by the Palestinians to use the United Nations as a forum for unilateral action. Lasting peace with the Palestinians and surrounding nations can only be achieved through direct negotiations. The Israeli government's outstretched hand has too often been met by Palestinian and Arab leaders with a clenched fist, violence, and anti-Semitic rhetoric. While it is vital for the U.S. to support peace efforts in the Middle East, America must be clear with the Palestinian Authority that they have an obligation to end incitement, violence, and terrorism. For true peace to be reached, the Palestinian Authority must return to the negotiating table without preconditions and finally end anti-Israeli incitement and attacks.
The U.S. must also continue to isolate Hamas until this terrorist organization rejects violence, recognizes Israel, and abides by previous Israel-Palestinian peace agreements. Should the Palestinian Authority follow through on reconciliation with Hamas, the United States must act accordingly to ensure that no U.S. dollars support Hamas.
Arab states that have claimed they want a peaceful Middle East must take steps, as stressed by the current American Administration, to recognize Israel's right to exist, normalize diplomatic relations, and end their illegal economic embargo of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and previous Israeli governments have taken bold steps for peace, including unilaterally disengaging from Gaza, and the onus is now on the Palestinians and Arab countries to meet Israel's outstretched hand.