Today Congresswoman Renee Ellmers issued the following statement regarding support for Israel:
“It has been reported that the Obama Administration will support a U.N. Security Council statement rebuking Israel. The statement, which would condemn Israeli settlement activity, is reportedly being offered as a compromise – because the Obama Administration doesn’t want to veto a stronger statement issued by the Council. This is not the time to abandon our closest and strongest democratic ally in the Middle East in an effort of appeasement.
I call on the President to stand strong with Israel at this time. The strength and security of the State of Israel is vital to America’s national security, particularly with the current upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia and other parts of the region.
Earlier this week I signed onto a letter to Speaker Boehner affirming my commitment to ensuring the strength of the U.S.–Israel relationship. I also support continuing America’s commitment to support Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system. This support will help Israel protect her civilian population, as well as maintain military strength. This is vital not only to Israel’s security at this time, but to America’s as well.
I hope the White House will join me in sending a strong message of support for Israel.”