Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Israel: Bloomfield vs. Waxman


The United States has always been Israel’s greatest ally, and we must remain committed to that relationship. Israel has consistently stood by the United States and remains the strongest voice for freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

I believe a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine is the right path to achieve lasting peace. I believe that the United States should move our embassy to Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem.

Israel’s right to exist is unquestionable, yet rhetoric from Iran and terrorist organizations continue to call for Israel’s destruction. These aren’t just hostile words. Terrorist attacks are commonplace in Israel, and Iran continues to defy the international community by developing nuclear capabilities. The world as we know it will change the day Iran achieves nuclear capability. We must never let that happen. The United States must stand with Israel against this threat.

"These aren't just hostile words." Who can forget Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's plea to wipe Israel off the face of the earth? This kind of rhetoric is not only irresponsible, it is criminal and evil on an international scale. As Iran takes further steps toward enriching Uranium, with the clear intention of building a nuclear weapon, the world community, including our own President, still insists on pressing for sanctions, yet refuses to stand with the Israeli Prime Minister to draw red line for Iran.

This is the sensible kind of foreign policy that we need in Congress. I have yet to hear of any other candidate who boldly suggests thy the United States should move the embassy to Jerusalem. A two-state solution based on mutual respect and honor for human rights is essential.

Mr. Waxman has demonstrated a mutual respect for Israel as well as honoring the Jewish state's right to exist. He is an avid reader and contributor to the Jewish Journal, as well. http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/House/California/Henry_Waxman/Views/Israel/

However, his recent choice to side with Obama against Benjamin Netanyahu should leave more heads wagging and voters wondering. Whether Netanhayu is playing politics or not, this is no time for Mr. Waxman to divide this nation over Israel and signal that Obama has done the right thing by snubbing Bibi and attending the View then David Letterman afterwards. Does Mr. Waxman conclude that the chief executive should not stand by our one strong ally in the Middle East?

We know where Bloomfield stands -- what about you, Mr. Waxman?

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