Franks Praises Passage of U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act
WASHINGTON, DC -- Following the passage of H.R. 938, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, released the following statement:
"Israel's importance as a major strategic partner has been demonstrated time and again, including, most recently, in the brilliant interception by Israel of an Iranian arms smuggling ship bound to Gaza. Israel remains the closest friend America has in the world.
"Unfortunately, this Administration has consistently failed to recognize that fact, often alienating allies like Israel while catering to our enemies.
"Even as this Administration promotes a 'deal' with Iran that both utterly fails to adequately address Iran's nuclear weapons pursuit AND entirely ignores Iran's egregious human rights abuses and its financing of international terrorism, this Administration has further put America and her allies at risk by proposing the smallest missile defense budget this President has ever presented to Congress, even as missile proliferation is at an all-time high.
"While this Administration has failed so many of our allies, many of us here in Congress, including members of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, which I co-chair, will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel."