Congress Strengthens United States-Israel Partnership

Credit: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Credit: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

December 3, 2014 – US lawmakers voted unanimously to pass legislation making Israel a “major strategic partner” of the United States.

Read news report: US Congress passes Israel strategic partnership bill

Note some of the important language in the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014:

**  “The people and the Governments of the United States and of
Israel share a deep and unbreakable bond, forged by over 60 years
of shared interests and shared values.”

**  “It is the policy of the United States–

–  to reaffirm the unwavering support of the people and the
Government of the United States for the security of Israel as a
Jewish state;
–  to pursue every opportunity to deepen cooperation with
Israel on a range of critical issues including defense, homeland
security, energy, and cybersecurity;
–  to continue to provide Israel with robust security
assistance, including for the procurement of the Iron Dome Missile
Defense System; and
–  to support the Government of Israel in its ongoing efforts
to reach a negotiated political settlement with the Palestinian
people that results in two states living side-by-side in peace and

**  “It is the sense of Congress that Israel is a major strategic
partner of the United States.”

Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America, stated:

“Over the years, Israel and the United States have proven themselves to be the closest of allies. This legislation elevates cooperation in areas like energy and defense. It makes clear to the world that the two countries are strategic allies at the highest level.”

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