Monday, February 06, 2017
Graves: I will push for actions that support Israel
The United States has no stronger ally in this world than Israel. I strongly believe that global security – particularly that of the United States and our closest allies – depends on the presence of democracy and stability in the Middle East.
Israel is a pillar of that stability. And it’s why I’ve always supported every means necessary to protect and support Israel during my time in the House of Representatives.
America was the first country to recognize Israel as a state in 1948. Since then, our nation’s relationship with Israel has not wavered, anchored by strong and mutually beneficial military, cultural and financial partnerships.
Last Congress, I co-sponsored the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which passed the House and was signed into law late in 2016. The bill expands a number of critical partnerships with Israel, including enabling the transfer of military equipment between our two countries, offering assistance for the Iron Dome missile defense system, and promoting cooperation in energy, water, science, homeland security and agricultural interests between the U.S. and Israel.
I believe that it is imperative to continue strengthening our relationship with Israel, particularly in the face of new and significant security threats across the globe. By confronting those challenges in the Middle East together, we can help ensure the safety of the American people as well as that of our allies around the world.
As your representative, I will continue to push for more serious actions that support Israel. That includes always protecting them against acts of aggression coming from the Iranian regime or any other unstable Middle East actor, and doing whatever possible to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The fate of freedom and democracy everywhere in the world depends on it.