House and Senate members have introduced legislation that seeks to dramatically strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel as they work to confront new threats and challenges in the Middle East.
The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 (H.R. 938 and S. 462)—authored by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in the House and by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate—designates Israel a “major strategic partner” of the United States. The bill expands U.S.-Israel cooperation in a variety of arenas, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, energy, science and trade.
A Region in Turmoil
With the Middle East in turmoil, it is critical for America that we strengthen our alliance with friendly and reliable states. Israel is such an ally.
A Major Strategic Partner
The new United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 recognizes this fact by designating Israel as a “Major Strategic Partner” of the United States.
Strengthening a Critical Alliance
This important bill will help the United States maximize the benefits of an already thriving alliance with Israel by expanding cooperation in military, trade, energy and homeland security arenas.