It is critical that we promote the spread of democracy in the Middle East, and ensure that as more countries achieve freedom they protect the rights of minorities and pursue peace with their neighbors. As part of this, I strongly support maintaining a strong relationship with our friend Israel. We must work to promote bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in pursuit of a two- state solution that is mutually agreed upon by the parties involved.
One of the top foreign policy priorities of the United States must be preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. This is a matter of profound concern not just to Israel, which could suffer a million deaths in a nuclear strike, but also to every country. Iran has access to an extensive terror network, including Hezbollah which has a global reach and is second only to Al Qaeda in American military deaths. I agree with President Obama that Iran must be prevented from developing a nuclear weapon or from closing the Straits of Hormuz.