The one thing Democrats and Republicans both agree on

by Leah Rosenberg

Democrats and Republicans do not agree on a lot of things. But when it comes to Israel, they care. And here is why Israel matters.

Israel, Democrats and Republicans

Israel is not just a tiny insignificant country in the Middle East. And Israel does not just have religious and historical importance, but its importance manifests itself in other ways too. It is the only democracy in the Middle East. It is the strongest ally of the Western world in that region. And Democrats and Republicans both value the Jewish state.

Although there are those on both sides who may not be as strong in their support, Israel is generally a bipartisan topic.

There is just something about Israel. After all, it IS G-d’s chosen land.

Israel Represents Strength

The thing about Israel is that its very existence is miraculous. It represents hope when everything feels hopeless. It represents courage when all feels lost. Israel is a pillar of strength. It is a story of undying faithfulness; of unwavering commitment.

Supporting Israel just makes sense. And if America is a strong democracy, it is only rational that they would support Israel which is a strong democracy.

Israel and America share the same values. They share the same yearning for a world without war.

Israel Quotes by US Presidents

Here are some things that past US presidents have said about Israel and the Jewish people, all the way back to John Adams.

(Courtesy of Jewish Virtual Library):

John Adams: “I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation.”

Harry Truman: “I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower: “The people of Israel, like those of the United States, are imbued with a religious faith and a sense of moral values.”

John F. Kennedy: “Let us make it clear that we will never turn our backs on our steadfast friends in Israel, whose adherence to the democratic way must be admired by all friends of freedom.”

There are many, many more quotes. But the takeaway message? Israel and the US have a strong, unbreakable bond.

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