Since its rebirth on May 15, 1948, Israel has stood as an immensely strong
democratic ally, and unqualifiedly a best friend to the United States of
Unfortunately, recent actions of the Obama administration
represent a sharp reversal of the historical precedent of unshakable support to
the Jewish state, and have left Israel vulnerable and more isolated in the
region than ever before in its history.
Look no further than the recently
negotiated “diplomatic resolution” with Iran to see where the Obama
administration’s priorities lie. The proposed framework does little if anything
to stop Iran from continuing to enrich uranium, does little if anything to
comprehensively halt construction of the Iran heavy water plutonium reactor,
does little if anything to permanently change Iran’s belligerent posturing, and
does not require the dismantling of Iran’s centrifuges.
In short, this
agreement does next to nothing to benefit Israel or the United States. In the
words of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, “This is a very, very bad
And for Iran, it is the deal of the century. Quite a gift for the
world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
What has been missing from
the discussion is why the US is even negotiating with Iran in the first place.
There should be no negotiation as long as Iran asserts they have the right to
The fact is, despite the less than consummate enforcement
of sanctions by the Obama administration, the sanctions being enforced against
the Iranian regime were working.
So why would the US give any sanctions
relief to a regime that is arguably the greatest sponsor of terrorism the world
has ever known? Why, when the Iranian regime was being brought to its knees,
would the US offer a reprieve unless the Iranians agree to completely curtail
their nuclear program? And what does our negotiation acquiescence do for the
interests of the US and Israel other than weaken us both, while at the same time
strengthening and legitimizing the Iranian regime and its nuclear ambitions? The
Obama administration’s foreign policy positions have left Israel and the state
of the Middle East more dangerous and more nihilistic than ever before. There is
no better example than the Obama administration’s Egyptian policy strategy of
encouraging the rise and influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, a violent
When the Muslim Brotherhood was removed from
power by the Egyptian people, the Obama administration responded by cutting off
funding to the Egyptian military. The very same military that was aggressively
fighting terrorists in the Sinai, shutting off the infiltration of arms into
Gaza, and working to restore order after the oppressive rule of the Muslim
And does anyone think that US policy toward Syria has
benefited either the US or Israel? Bashar Assad continues to rule with impunity
in Syria while radical Islamists gain weapons, power and influence across the
country. Or in Libya, which since our military action to remove Gaddafi, has
dissolved into absolute chaos as highlighted by the horrific attacks on our
diplomatic mission in Benghazi in 2012.
It’s bad enough that Israel is
faced with Hezbollah missiles and violence in the north, a radicalized Syria in
the east, tumult in Egypt in the west, a Hamas-controlled government in Gaza,
and now the ever-growing prospect of a nuclear Iran.
And now add to this
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s insistence that Israel negotiate with the
Palestinians, castigate Israel’s sovereign right to build on its own land, and
insist that Israel all but geographically cut itself in two, which would
compromise Israel’s ability to defend itself.
While Secretary Kerry
pressures Israel to give up its rightful land, our good friend Israel has a goal
too: the maintenance of the Jewish State of Israel. And the right to live
peacefully in their entire biblical Jewish homeland, and the right to have
Jerusalem as their undivided capital.
Secretary Kerry’s dangerous phase 1
plan would initiate disorder, destabilization, violence and eventually a civil
war by inciting conditions for, in his words, a third Palestinian intifada. This
intifada could differ however, as it would likely involve committed Arabs, the
UN, the US and committed Jews unwilling to uproot their families and their lives
from their biblical homeland.
The reality is the Jewish citizens of
Samaria and Judea are there to stay. They are not leaving and they won’t be
pushed from their homes – nor should they ever be. And shame on anyone who
attempts to draw a moral or territorial equilibrium between Judea and Samaria
for the Jewish people, and Gaza for the Palestinian people. Let me clearly
reiterate, Judea and Samaria is the biblical, historical and cultural heartland
of the Jewish people, as it contains many of Judiasm’s holiest and most
Israel has always been a beacon of hope and the best
chance for peace in the Middle East. Secretary Kerry misses the positive
humanity of Jews and Arabs living side by side, working together, and making a
life together. This is a present reality, that can and should be encouraged to
While Israelis have reason to question the commitment of the
Obama administration, they should never doubt the strong bipartisan contingent
of support for Israel in the United States Congress, and the constituents we
And they should feel assured, without any equivocation, we
will always be proudly standing together with them, in their corner, side by
The writer has served for many years as a member of the US House of
Representatives, and was a former United States presidential candidate.