Standing With Our Greatest Ally Israel

October 17, 2016
Press Release
Op-ed Written by Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

There is no greater friend and reliable ally to the United States than Israel. We have a mutually beneficial relationship, as Israel remains a most important strategic partner in the Middle East. With the turmoil and unrest we see around the world, especially in the Middle East, it’s essential that we remain committed to building a stronger relationship with our greatest ally, Israel. 

It is amazing that we have such a strong Democratic ally in such a volatile part of the world. Israel is surrounded by terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda and ISIS, but Israel's strength and our unbreakable alliance emboldens their strongest possible determination to survive. We share the same enemies, understanding that a threat to Israel is a threat to the United States. 

Just before the recent Jewish high holy days, I traveled to Israel as part of a Presidential Delegation visit with President Obama to attend the funeral of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres; the last founding father of Israel, who was deeply committed to preserving peace, security and democracy in Israel and the Middle East, and worked to strengthen the bond between the United States and Israel. It is so important that this bond between our countries is as strong as possible.

From recognizing Jerusalem as the unquestionable capital of Israel, to standing shoulder to shoulder with innocent Israelis when they are targeted by Palestinian terrorists, there is so much room for growth in this relationship. The United States must pursue a better and more consistent foreign policy: one that strengthens our relationships with our allies and treats our enemies as our enemies. Especially today, when we are too often reminded that while we frequently hear and read about terrorist attacks abroad, we have a very real, ongoing homeland security threat here at home. Protecting America’s security at home and abroad must always be one of our top priorities.

Congressman Lee Zeldin represents the First Congressional District of New York. In Congress, Rep. Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus.