Supporting the U.S.-Israel Relationship
Throughout my career in public service, I have consistently and enthusiastically supported a strong, vibrant, and enduring strategic relationship between Israel and the United Sates. I believe that this powerful relationship, built upon years of shared values and common interests, has created a strong alliance on matters of national security, diplomacy, financial prosperity, democratic and pluralistic values, and military strength.
Supporting Jerusalem as the Capital
I proudly support recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and locating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. For 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the center of the Jewish world. There can be no legitimate dispute as to the status of western Jerusalem where Israel’s Knesset, Supreme Court, and even the Prime Minister’s Office are all located. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people and Jerusalem is her chosen, actual capital.
Support for Foreign Assistance and Security
I will always advocate to ensure that Israel, as our strongest and most reliable ally in the Middle East, receives the full and necessary funding to maintain its qualitative military edge (QME), as well as smaller amounts funded for joint US-Israel missile defense and anti-tunnel technology development. I strongly support the United States doing all that it can to support Israel’s critical role in the region as a stronghold of freedom and democracy. This includes protecting the right of Israel to defend itself against any and all threats to its security. The foreign assistance appropriation to Israel, which is almost entirely for defense spending, is spent mostly in the United States and yields larger dividends for U.S. security, life-saving technological cooperation and the projection of U.S. interests as Israel defends itself by itself, without the need to put our own service members in harm’s way.
Support for Trade Agreements
Just as Michigan’s Governor Snyder has recently traveled to Israel to recognize and promote Israel as a vital economic partner for the State of Michigan and the United States, I also support our landmark free trade agreement that endures as the mechanism expand trade and investment by reducing barriers and encouraging innovation.
Statement on Terrorism
The partnership between the United States and Israel stands at the forefront in the ongoing struggle against terrorism. I support the United States always demonstrating with actions that, in no certain terms, display its binding support for Israel and our shared fight against any and all enemies that threaten its existence or sow the seeds of anti-Semitism anywhere in the world.
Countering Iran’s Destructive Actions and Threats
We need sanctions to actually compel Iran to make a meaningful, verifiable deal to permanently abandon its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons capability We also need to develop a national strategy to counter Iran’s destructive and destabilizing behavior such as its military entrenchment in Syria, its fomenting civil war in Yemen, its control over Lebanon, its attempts to control Iraq, and its direct and proxy attacks against US allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. Showing continued support for Israel in its legitimate objective of eliminating the military threat from Iran and its proxies emanating from Syria is imperative in continuing our strong alliance. I also support enforcing enhanced sanctions against Iran’s proxies such as Hezbollah, its ballistic missile program, its export of terrorism and its horrid violations of human rights
Israel Anti-Boycott Act
I will continue to reiterate Congress’ opposition to BDS and establishes that Congress consider the March 2016 action of the UNHRC to be an act of BDS. We need to expand the Export Administration Act (EAA), which already prohibits compliance with any foreign government’s boycott of Israel, to also prohibit U.S. persons from responding to boycott requests from international governmental organizations such as the U.N. and the European Union. Furthermore, we should require the Export-Import Bank to consider an applicant’s BDS-related activities when considering granting assistance. I also believe we need to clarify that nothing in the bill alters the established policy of the United States concerning final status issues, including border delineation, which can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act should also limit its scope to commercial activities intended to harm Israel and in no way abridges First Amendment-protected activities. I also support calling for expanded and coordinated civilian science and technology cooperation between the United States and Israel to help counter BDS.