An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in southern Israel.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Shimon Peres was laid to rest in Jerusalem recently as dozens of world leaders, international dignitaries and national figures, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, paid respect to the former Israeli prime minister and lifelong statesman. Modern-day Israel has lost a founding father, a defender of Israel’s homeland and a moderator of peace. Yet, Israel remains a steadfast oasis of democracy in a politically charged and volatile region.
The historic bond between our two nations is indispensable, and our united goals should be indistinguishable.
A strong Israel is reflective of a strong America.
On a recent trip to New York, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded our outgoing president that the enemy of Israel is the collective enemy of every nation. Terrorism is knocking at everyone’s front door.
Ironically, Israel’s near neighbor, Iran, happens to be an exporter of terrorism, and is refinancing thanks to the generous gifts of the Obama administration.
Flush with ransom dollars, the dictatorial ayatollahs seem intent on finalizing their nuclear program which the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) failed to halt, and taking the first pass at Israel. Let’s not forget that this is the same country that etched the words “Israel must be wiped out” on its ballistic missiles before test-firing the weaponry.
The not-so-hidden agenda of Israel’s enemies should be front and center in US foreign policy, and reflected in America’s support for Israel’s self-determination and national security.
In the middle of September, the US and Israeli governments signed a second 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) securing America’s pledge of support for military assistance and multi-year sustained financing. This MOU followed closely on the heels of congressionally passed legislation urging an expedited agreement. In typical fashion, the Obama administration negotiators squeezed our ally a little too hard on this one, asking Israel to refrain from petitioning Congress for resources beyond those outlined in the MOU.
Despite this shortcoming, the MOU serves a crucial role in assuring the people of Israel of the United States’ uncompromising support.
The intertwined union of the Israeli- American camaraderie has deep roots in the past and is linked to the future success of each nation. Future American presidents and elected officials would be wise to remember that.
Israel’s ability to birth genius has provided generations of intellectuals, extraordinary advances in science and medicine, and brilliance in accelerating the technological landscape.
The modernly young start-up nation pulsates venture capitalism, bolstering the US economy. Our two countries have also closely collaborated on leading medical emergency response training to skillfully mend and rehabilitate terrorism victims. This training was critical for the Boston Bombing victims. From blooming deserts to military defensive shields, the Israeli accomplishments provide creative and innovative responses to natural and man-made catastrophes.
The universe of Israeli success is inevitably shared, financed and partnered with US cooperatives, entrepreneurs, and the US Military.
Israel brings unparalleled stability to the Middle East. As our friend and ally, I for one intend to work alongside my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the United States stands strong in its support of Israel, its security and its future.The author is chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician, small business owner and co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus. He represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.