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Rubio on Israel

4:03 PM, Apr 20, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Yesterday, Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio was asked if he would support a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities by Israel. Rubio responded

Israel has to do whatever Israel needs to do for their own national security. You would hope the United States, by taking a stronger role, would prevent that from needing to happen. But ultimately, I don’t think any of us are going to blame Israel if they take it upon themselves to ensure that the security and well being of their people is safeguarded.

Today, in a statement celebrating Israel's independence, Rubio expresses "grave concerns about the direction of current U.S. policy towards Israel." 

He continues:

The growing alienation of Israel has adverse consequences for the U.S., Israel and the world, as our mutual enemies are emboldened by any signs that Israel does not have our full support.

This is especially the case with the Iranian regime, which poses the most serious threats to global security today.  In addition to being led by a maniacal tyrant who denies the Holocaust, Iran’s leaders continue pursuing nuclear capabilities in defiance of the international community.  This threatens the very existence of Israel and threatens the security of the United States.  Recently, the U.S. Department of Defense indicated that by 2015 Iran may have the ability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile that reaches the United States.  In addition, Iran continues to support terrorism targeting the people of Israel and our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  For example, the Hamas terrorist organization, with Iranian support, uses Gaza as a base to wage its campaign of terror against Israel.

And recently, Syria reportedly supplied Hezbollah terrorists with long range missiles.  All of this threatens the existence of the nation of Israel and her people.

America’s leaders must commit to getting the United States back on a path of standing firmly alongside Israel.  This means supporting Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and its ability to defend its people against terror, including homicide bombings, rocket and mortar fire, and other attacks.  Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of Israel, and the U.S. should work towards the goal of moving our Embassy there.

As Israel celebrates its independence today, we honor its proud history but also acknowledge the important challenges we must face together to ensure its lasting survival.  I join millions around the world in expressing my solidarity with the Jewish people and wish them a joyful and blessed Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Hat tip: R.S. McCain

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