Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s story is similar to mine. Both of our parents immigrated from a Latin American country; both of our parents left their home to pursue a better life for their children; and both Rubio and I were born in this great country we call home. But more importantly, we’re both living the American dream. The one that my parents had when they moved here 17 years ago. The dream that my parents would be able to raise a family in a safe country free from persecution. But there’s one important idea that both the Senator and I share—preserving and protecting the State of Israel. So why do some Jews love Senator Rubio so much?

 

For all those who call the sunny beaches of South Florida home, you may have heard the name, “Bramen.” Perhaps when buying a car of some sort? You’re on the right track. Billionaire car dealership owner Norman Braman—a past president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation—is one of the biggest patrons of Rubio’s political career. Braman has been friends with Rubio for quite a while now and visited Israel with him back in 2010.

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But being friends with a Jewish billionaire can’t be the only reason Jews love Rubio, can it? Marco’s foreign policy is heavily based on the support of a Jewish state. Even more so, Rubio advocates for U.S. unconditional support for Israel, and has gone as far as publicly opposing the Iran nuclear deal.

 

“The reason why the existence of Israel as a Jewish state is directly tied to this deal is simple: we are about to turn over billions of dollars into [Iran’s] hands and we have every reason to believe that they will spend a significant portion of that money to destroy our strongest and most important ally in the region and one of our most important allies in the world,” Rubio said in a speech delivered to Congress about the Iran deal.

 

Senator Rubio has blasted the Obama administration for its lacking foreign policy towards Israel. Most notably, this past March, Rubio gave a 15 minute speech in Congress about the United States’ weak stance on and lack of support of the State of Israel.

 

“If America doesn’t stand with Israel, who would we stand with? If Israel—a democracy, a strong American ally on the international stage—if they are not worthy of our unconditional support, then what ally of ours around the world can feel safe in their alliance with us?” Rubio said in his speech.

 

Even more so, Senator Rubio called upon Secretary of State John Kerry and the Department of State, to establish an independent and international investigation into the death of Argentine Federal Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, which occurred in January. Nisman was investigating Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of AMIA, the largest Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

 

“As you intensify discussions with the Iranian regime, including with some officials whose names have surfaced in Mr. Nisman’s work, it is more important than ever for the American public and lawmakers to clearly understand the nature of Iran’s activities in our own hemisphere, now as well as in the past,” the letter read.

 

But lastly, when this past March, PM Benjamin Netanyahu was suppose to speak in front of Congress, Vice President Joe Biden among others, said they would not attend his speech. He said:

 

Don’t do this to a people that are in the crosshairs of multiple terrorist groups with the capability of attacking them. Don’t do this to a nation whose civilians are terrorized by thousands of rockets launched against them at a moment’s notice. Don’t do this to a country that’s facing down the threat of a nuclear weapon annihilating them off the face of the Earth. Don’t do this to a people that are being stigmatized all over the world, even as we speak, who are being oppressed. Don’t do this to a country that in forum after forum has become the subject of de-legitimatization as people argue that somehow Israel’s right to exist is not real. Don’t do this to them.


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