US-Israel Relationship

As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, David has been a consistent supporter of a robust relationship with Israel. Israel is a strong and brave democracy and has been an inspiration for the world for more than sixty years. The State of Israel was founded on the values of pluralism, justice, and respect for human rights, and as a practicing Jew, David is proud that Israel continues to embody those same values today. It is because of these shared values and a commitment to protecting minorities and workers, rejecting discrimination of any kind, and the strong belief in freedom of speech and an impartial judiciary, that the relationship between the United States and Israel is so strong and mutually reinforcing.

Israel remains America’s strongest ally in a volatile region. It is imperative that the United States makes it unmistakably clear that our support for the State of Israel is unshakable. In addition, we must strongly and vocally support the right of Israel to defend itself and take all steps necessary to protect the safety and security of the State of Israel and her people.

David's trips to Israel have only strengthened his belief that a strong Israel is not only vital to her people, but also vital to U.S. interests. The United States must be prepared to provide additional assistance to Israel for her increasing defense needs.

The United States-Israel Alliance in the Middle East Peace Process and Israel’s Right to Exist

The partnership between the United States and Israel and our commitment to ensuring Israel can protect its people from the extraordinary, on-going threats against them must always be the centerpiece of our foreign policy in the Middle East. 

Israel is surrounded by many self-proclaimed enemies, including those who have publicly declared their intention to destroy the State of Israel and the Jewish people. In addition, many of her enemies continue to engage in hostile military and terrorist actions against Israel and her civilian population. The Palestinian Authority must stop inciting violence and hatred in school textbooks. Both nations need to prepare their populations for the negotiations and painful concessions that a peace agreement will require.

David is firmly committed to ensuring that Israel maintains her qualitative military edge. In addition, David fully supports our country’s foreign aid initiatives which include our multi-year commitment to Israel’s defense.

The Importance of the Role of the United States in Achieving Peace in the Region

The United States plays an important role in ensuring that peace in the region is realized. Our responsibility is to protect American interests and ensure that Israel is strong and protected from those who threaten her existence.

David supports American efforts to bring about a two-state solution, which results in a peaceful Palestinian state living side by side with Israel. The United States can and must play a vigorous role in attempting to facilitate that solution by helping both parties bridge the gaps for a mutually agreeable peace determined by the parties themselves.

Economic Cooperation and Business Development

The United States and Israel have a unique opportunity to collaborate on economic development initiatives, particularly those focused on the knowledge and innovation economy of the 21st century. The United States and Israel must aggressively pursue opportunities for research, innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. 

In Congress, David has focused on efforts to promote regional innovation devoted to biotechnology, life sciences, medical devices, advanced manufacturing, and other technology. With the second greatest number of companies on the NASDAQ, Israel must always be a very strong partner in this economic development strategy.


David believes that Jerusalem always has been and always will be the capital of Israel. However, he is concerned that moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem without a negotiated peace agreement was shortsighted, and ultimately detrimental to the achievement of lasting peace. David believes the United States must lead the way in bringing both sides to the table to achieve a peace deal that resolves the issue of Jerusalem as part of a final negotiated agreement.

The Threat from Iran

David has often spoken about the threat that Iran poses to Israel. This threat is real and cannot be ignored. Being cognizant of this threat also requires a clear-eyed reassessment of what is working, what is not achieving what we aim, and when we need to change our approach. 

That is why, after extensive review and consultation with experts in many fields, David supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), calling it “one of the most difficult and consequential decisions that I will ever make as a Member of Congress.”

David believes that by taking the nuclear threat off the table, through the strongest verification regime ever put in place, the international community, led by the United States, would be able to more aggressively combat Iran’s bad behavior throughout the Middle East.

Unfortunately, President Trump decided to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal, with no strategy for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon in the future. For two years, the Iran deal imposed the most intrusive nuclear inspections regime in the history of the world. It was not perfect, but the President’s decision will make it harder than ever to improve it.

The President’s decision undermines the United States’ reputation and our national security. Other countries will think twice before they sign agreements with the United States.

Today, the continued trajectory of Iran’s pre-agreement actions poses a much greater threat to Israel, the region, the U.S, and the world.

David will continue to support legislation that punishes Iran for its bad behavior on a number of fronts, including support for terrorism, human rights abuses, the building of inter-continental ballistic missiles, and any attempts to seek nuclear weapons.


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