by Javier Manjarres
Senator Marco Rubio along with his other fellow freshman Senators signed and sent a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reaffirming their belief that the United States must continue support the country of our staunchest ally in Middle East, Israel. Rubio’s letter specifically calls for the continued fiscal support of our allies, including Israel.
“As freshmen Senators, we campaigned on the need to restore fiscal responsibility to our government. The current path is fiscally unsustainable and will have negative consequences for economic growth and prosperity. As we work to reduce wasteful government spending, we recognize that providing for the national defense is a constitutional responsibility of the federal government. Therefore, we must continue to prioritize the safety of our nation and the security of our allies, including Israel. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a succession of mass protests and turmoil in the Middle East. While we hope these events will open the region to freedom and democracy, the final outcome of this upheaval is far from clear. Given the uncertainty of these events, and in light of the ongoing threats from Hezbollah, Hamas and a nuclear Iran, we believe that U.S. security assistance to Israel will continue to be a key national security interest.
Therefore, as the Senate considers our foreign affairs priorities, we recommend fully honoring America’s commitment to Israel under the U.S.-Israeli Memorandum of Understanding.” – Senator Marco Rubio
It’s clear that the Senate freshmen believe in spite of our current fiscal crisis, the United States must not cut back on spending that directly affects the national security of the United States, as Israel is becoming increasingly isolated and militant Islamic fundamentalism continues its resurgence in the region.
Freshman Kentucky Senator Rand Paul did not sign the letter, presumably because he believes that the United States needs to cut ‘all’ foreign aid including vital military aid to Israel. While the scope of Paul’s domestic spending cuts are very commendable as is his call for foreign aid to be re-evaluated across the board, Paul’s thinking as it relates to military aid to our allies is very short sighted. Islamic Fundamentalists view the United States and Israel as inextricably linked adversaries, and as our partner and ally, Israel is our first line of defense in the region.
Earlier this year, Senator Rubio all but said he would not join the Senate Tea Party Caucus which was spearheaded by Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah (who did sign the letter), and then reiterated his unwavering support for Israel; while Paul suggested that all forms of aid to Israel needed to be ended. Will Paul come to the realization that in spite of our present budgetary woes, Sharia-compliant Islam is a grave threat that must contend with either directly or through friendly nations that would engage this threat as proxies for the U.S.?