No American ally is more trusted or reliable than Israel. Throughout the darkest days of the Cold War, and now in the war against Islamic terrorism, Israel has stood with the United States every step of the way. Israel shares our democratic principles and always has the courage to do what has to be done. The value of this unique alliance has been shared by all our Presidents -- Democrats and Republicans alike.
This is why I strongly believe it has been so wrong for President Obama to continually escalate and publicize his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This is no way to treat such a long-time ally. It encourages our mutual enemies by creating the appearance of disunity. It is also wrong for the President to be suggesting a moral equivalency between Iran pursuing nuclear weapons and Israel building settlements in Jerusalem, its own capital city.