Rubio: US-Israel ties must remain above political battles
Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres each met on Wednesday with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl). Rubio said that the US-Israel relationship must remain above the political battles
between Democrats and Republicans (Hat Tip for the photo: Dan F
Rubio, a first-term
senator who is a rising star in the Republican party and a man mentioned as a
likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said that the
"Israeli-American relationship is one of the most important ones we have, and
certainly our commitment to that partnership is bipartisan and it should remain
that way." Rubio, who presented the Republican rebuttal to US President Barack
Obama's State of the Union speech last week, said that keeping the US-Israel
relationship bipartisan is "why I'm pleased the President is coming here in
The senator's rebuttal to Obama's speech will probably be remembered
more for an awkward chug of bottled water he took on camera, than for its
content. In a good-spirited, self-deprecating allusion to that water moment for
which he was roughly criticized, he clanged water bottles with Netanyahu at the
outset of their meeting.
Neither Netanyahu's office, nor Rubio's staff, gave any
details about the hour-long meeting, beyond saying it dealt with the wide range
of regional issues, from Iran to Syria, the Palestinians and Egypt.
to meeting Netanyahu, Rubio also met President Shimon Peres who said that while
he, as a man of nearly 90 years, represented the past, Rubio "represent(s) the
future." Peres was unaware of Rubio's exact age, until the Senator told him:
"I'm 41, but I feel 42." "This is the city which is the spiritual capital of the
world," he told Peres. On his previous visit, he added, he had not only fallen
in love with Jerusalem, but with the whole country.
"At a time when few
things unite Democrats and Republicans in Washington, I'm pleased that Israel is
one of them," he said.
'The people of Israel have a right to be safe,"
Rubio said, pledging that Americans would continue to do everything possible to
advance that aim. "Israel represents everything the US stands for," he said,
citing the country's vibrant democracy, vibrant economy, free markets and free
enterprise, which he declared are "an example to the world".
I'd still love to meet Rubio. Someone sent me an email that might have told me how to do that, but I wasn't able to access it.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Marco Rubio, Shimon Peres, US-Israel relationship