Power: US-Israel Partnership Should Never Be Politicized

Monday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)  conference, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power said the United States and Israel partnership “should never be politicized, and can not and will not be tarnished or broken.”

Power said, “It is bitterly unjust that the United Nations, an institution founded upon the idea that all nations should be treated equally, is so often used cynically by member states to treat Israel unequally. These attacks on Israel’s legitimacy are biased. They are ugly, and the United States of America will not rest until they stop.”

“Now, as a few of you may have heard, the Prime Minister of Israel is in town. Rumor has it that he may be giving a couple speeches. You may also have heard, you may also have heard lately of tension in the relationship between the United States and Israel. Let me today separate out a few different issues. Politics, policy, what the United States does each and every day to combat antisemitism around the world and to fight attacks against Israel at the United Nations.

We believe firmly that Israel’s security and the U.S.-Israel partnership transcends politics, and it always will. That is a very important statement you all have made. It was the same bond that led President Truman to make the United States the first country to recognize Israel, 11 minutes after it declared its existence in 1948. And it is why we have stood by Israel’s side every minute since. Our commitments to our partnership with Israel are bedrock commitments rooted in shared fundamental values cemented through decades of bipartisan reinforcement. This partnership should never be politicized, and cannot and will not be tarnished or broken.”

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