Mike Rogers: We must support Israel

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As both an American and a Christian, I believe in defending freedom – especially when it comes to Israel.

It is critical the U.S. stands up for Israel, supporting our greatest ally in the conflicted Middle East.

Israel’s national security should be a top concern since we are linked to them culturally, politically and historically.

The Obama Administration’s relationship with Israel over the past seven years has been strained close to the breaking point. President Obama has neglected Israel and left them without many of the resources they need.

This is evident by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceling his trip to the U.S. earlier this month.

Rather than President Obama’s position of apologizing for American values, I believe we should actively stand strong with Israel and protect her interests. Those interests are especially in jeopardy because of Obama’s highly questionable deal with Iran.

When talking to folks across East Alabama, the importance of Israel is one issue I consistently hear about for religious, historic and defense-related reasons. I am working hard to make sure that this important issue remains a priority in Washington.

As Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, I have the great honor to directly work with Israel on their defense capabilities.

This subcommittee amongst other things oversees the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, which leads our cooperative development efforts, co-production and procurement programs with Israel.  

For instance, I have worked closely on their Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system. This system serves as one of Israel’s main defenses against hostile rocket and mortar attacks along with several other missile systems.

I am also proud to note that Alabama will take part in helping protect Israel as production of Iron Dome parts will take place in our great state.

Earlier this week, I was given the opportunity to speak on two panels at the AIPAC Policy Conference—the largest conference for policy minds and Members of Congress to discuss ideas solely focused on improving relations between the United States and Israel.

The focus of my remarks at the conference centered on U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation and that our strong relationship with Israel should never be in question.

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Mike Rogers is a member of U.S. Congress representing Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District.

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