Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rick Perry shows strong support for Israel.

Hat Tip:  Robert Costa article on National Review Online [The Corner]:Perry Seizes NY-9 Slams Obama on Israel  and The Wall Street Journal Online op ed piece by Perry: The US Must Support Israel at The UN.
Opening of Rick Perry's op ed in the Wall Street Journal from Sept. 16, 2011:

The historic friendship between the United States and Israel stretches from the founding of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day. Our nations have developed vital economic and security relationships in an alliance based on shared democratic principles, deep cultural ties, and common strategic interests. Historian T.R. Fehrenbach once observed that my home state of Texas and Israel share the experience of "civilized men and women thrown into new and harsh conditions, beset by enemies."
Surrounded by unfriendly neighbors and terror organizations that aim to destroy her, the Jewish state has never had an easy life.

Also, from the article in the Wall Street Journal, posted by Robert Costa in National Review Online:

Errors by the Obama administration have encouraged the Palestinians to take backward steps away from peace. It was a mistake to call for an Israeli construction freeze, including in Jerusalem, as an unprecedented precondition for talks. Indeed, the Palestinian leadership had been negotiating with Israel for years, notwithstanding settlement activity. When the Obama administration demanded a settlement freeze, it led to a freeze in Palestinian negotiations. It was a mistake to agree to the Palestinians’ demand for indirect negotiations conducted through the U.S., and it was an even greater mistake for President Obama to distance himself from Israel and seek engagement with the hostile regimes in Syria and Iran.
Palestinian leaders have perceived this as a weakening of relations between Israel and the U.S, and they are trying to exploit it. In taking this destabilizing action in the U.N., the Palestinians are signaling that they have no interest in a two-state solution. The Palestinian leadership’s insistence on the so-called “right of return” of descendants of Palestinian refugees to Israel’s sovereign territory, thereby making Jews an ethnic minority in their own state, is a disturbing sign that the ultimate Palestinian “solution” remains the destruction of the Jewish state.
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Being a Texan for many decades now, I have known about Rick Perry's views on domestic policies, but not so much on his foreign policy views.  Now running for president he must make those known to Americans.  Reading this material, makes me very much encouraged, especially on his support for Israel and how he will make US policy towards Israel much different from the current administration if he wins the presidency. Much different in that the US policy will change to become pro Israel.
That is very encouraging indeed.  For Israel and the United States.

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