Our Relationship with Israel is Non-Negotiable

I recently spoke on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to urge my colleagues to support my amendment to the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act, which states clearly that Israel is a critical defense partner for the United States.

My remarks as prepared are below.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of my amendment which states CLEARLY that Israel is a critical defense partner.

Our national security is inextricably linked to our relationship with, and military support for, Israel.

As our strongest ally in the Middle East, it is critical that we conduct military exercises with Israel to improve interoperability and readiness.

We MUST ensure that Israel has the capabilities it needs to defend itself against terrorists with consistent and reliable transfers of defense articles.

Last year, President Trump negotiated the HISTORIC Abraham Accords, and, to honor that, my amendment states clear support for Israel’s work to promote peace.

While some in this body have made their disdain for the Jewish State of Israel clear, I believe our relationship with Israel is non-negotiable.

Our friends in Israel are currently questioning our commitment because some of my more RADICAL colleagues forced the Speaker to withdraw financial support for the Iron Dome [on Tuesday], so I urge all Members to support my amendment.

We must take this step to show the only democracy in the Middle East that they can count on our support.

I yield back.


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