ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Op-Ed in The Jerusalem Post: The US-Israel Alliance Against Terrorism
Together we win ? they lose
ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Op-Ed in The Jerusalem Post: ‘The US-Israel Alliance Against Terrorism’
Together we win – they lose
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday penned an op-ed for The Jerusalem Post, underpinning the opportunities and importance of a strong partnership between the United States and Israel.
Sen. Cruz’s op-ed in its entirety can be read here. Excerpts are available below:
Earlier this month, a young American was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Jaffa. Taylor Force, from Lubbock, Texas, was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of West Point and had served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as a member of the United States Army. After he finished his service, he enrolled in Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He was in Israel on a school trip.
The terrorist who killed Force did not ask for his passport. Influenced by the relentless campaign of incitement that has fostered genocidal hatred toward Jews in generations of Palestinians, all he cared about was stabbing as many civilians as possible. At least 10 people were wounded by the time the terrorist was neutralized.
The brutal murder of Taylor Force is yet another tragic reminder that the United States and Israel are in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism together.
The fact of the matter is that Israel is not the problem. The terrorists, including those who glorify, encourage, sponsor and refuse to condemn such attacks are the problem, which is why there is no moral equivalence between them and Israel.
But the enemy’s failure to distinguish between our two nations can also be our opportunity. We are stronger together than we are apart. As Ronald Reagan wrote powerfully in 1979 as he launched his presidential campaign, Israel serves as America’s bulwark in the Middle East, a vital strategic ally that would in the 1980s serve as a check on Soviet aggression in the region.
A key example of this successful partnership is the multi-tiered missile defense system currently being implemented in Israel in response to the threat from Iran and its terrorist proxies…Both David’s Sling and Arrow-3 are joint US-Israel programs that have been made possible by pooling our ingenuity, technology and resources.
The system Israel is implementing now with the assistance of the US can fill a similar role in defeating the radical Islamic terrorists we face in 2016 – from Hamas to Iran…Together we win – and they lose.