Israel remains America's most reliable strategic partner in the Middle East, working to defeat common threats and supporting America’s regional and global policy objectives.
I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.
"A strong and secure Israel is in the national security interests of the United States."
"Today, in the war against terror, we have no stronger ally than Israel. The more profound tie between our two countries, however, is a moral one. We are two democracies whose alliance is forged in our common values."
"My friends, Israel does not stand alone in this world. Her fight against those who would seek her destruction is America’s fight as well, as it should be the fight of all who love liberty and reject terrorism."
"I want to tell you that the United States-Israel alliance is good for America. It's good for Israel, it's good for democracy, it's good for human rights, it's good for peace; it's good for the world. And may the relationship between these two great democracies continue to go from strength to strength."
"One thing, however, that is unchanged, America’s commitment to the safety and security of the state of Israel is unwavering. America and Israel share an unbreakable bond in war, in peace, in prosperity and in hardship."
"But make no mistake, regardless of how the world responds to Hamas and Iran, the United States will stand with Israel. The United States and Israel will stand together with other responsible nations of the world to defend civilization against madness."
"We say to our friends in Israel, you are not alone. America stands with you now and always in your struggle for peace."
"Israel is the mirror of our resolve to confront terrorism, prejudice, hatred and actions that are demonstrably inimical to peace and international security."
These threats range from terrorism, the spread of radical Islamist ideology and nuclear and missile proliferation to narcotics, counterfeiting and cyberwarfare. Israel is a reliable democratic ally that shares America’s values and worldview in a region often dominated by radical forces, dictatorial regimes and extremist non-state actors.
With no other country in the region—and few in the entire world—does the United States share the same high level of strategic cooperation. American-Israeli cooperation begins with frequent high-level strategic dialogues among senior political and military leaders and extends to combined military planning and exercises, intelligence-sharing and technological development. The expanding network of American and Israeli military and intelligence coordination has provided a powerful deterrent to those in the Middle East who seek to harm either country. The historic alliance between the United States and Israel is the most stabilizing feature in an otherwise unstable region of the world.
Israel’s presence in the region provides a de facto cost-effective guarantor of security well beyond its borders. Furthermore, Israel’s military strength and central geo-strategic location provide a strong deterrent against Iran and other radical forces that threaten America, its allies and regional and global U.S. objectives.
President Obama has voiced a similar view on the importance of this relationship: “Many of the same forces that threaten Israel also threaten the United States and our efforts to secure peace and stability in the Middle East. Our alliance with Israel serves our national security interests.”