Saturday, January 23, 2010

Exclusive: MA Senater Elect Scott Brown's strong support record for Israel

‬(via from are some excerpts from paper Scott Brown wrote about his positions regarding Israel, before the election:

• "I stand steadfastly behind Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from state and non-state actors alike."

• "I oppose the rising tide of efforts worldwide aimed at undermining this fundamental right. The United Nations' commissioned Goldstone Report is a blatant manifestation of such an effort. Deeply flawed from the start, the 'report' accuses Israel of war crimes with little reference to the fact that Israel held its fire for years while thousand of rockets were fired at innocent civilians."

• "I also firmly support the security barrier erected by Israel which has proven to be enormously successful at defending and protecting Israeli civilians against waves of deadly terrorist attacks."

• "As the only elected official with military experience in the Massachusetts Senate...I understand the importance of a strong defense...I unequivocally support the recently executed ten-year memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Israel which will provide $30 billion in military aid to Israel until 2017."

• Re: Iran's nuclear threat to Israel. "We should take these words and actions at face value, respond accordingly and without hesitation. If elected I would co-sponsor the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009... I would support the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act... I also would work to restore funding for the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center... and support continue intelligence sharing by the Mossad and the CIA."

• "I stand with Israel and the majority of leaders in support of a two state solution as the best hope for peace between the Palestinians and Israel."• "Israel's unconditional right to live in peace is equal to that of all other nations of the world. This right begins with encouraging Israel's neighbors to recognize its fundamental right to exist. I will support these rights by:* Encouraging public alliances between Israel and other countries aiming to counter the Iranian threat:* Speaking out against Arab boycotts of Israeli companies, goods and services;* Calling out the demonization of Israel in all forms... and* Encouraging Israel's neighbors to grant their own citizens the democratic rights and individual freedoms enjoyed by their Arab brethren in the State of Israel.