Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

We Cannot Abandon Our Ally Israel

January 27, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, today issued the following statement in response to Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) advocacy for ending assistance to Israel:


“It is shocking that Senator Paul wants our nation to renege on our commitment to a vital ally, which is necessary to assure Israel’s continued qualitative military advantage in a dangerous region.


“Israel is the only democratic nation in the Middle East and one of our most stalwart allies.  A stable and secure Israel is in our national security interest and has been a staple of our foreign policy for more than sixty years.  Using our budget deficit as a reason to abandon Israel is inexcusable.


“It is unclear to me whether Rand Paul speaks for the Tea Party, the Republican Party, or simply himself.  I call on all those who value the U.S.-Israel relationship to make it clear that our nation will not abandon our ally Israel.”