Matt Salmon Releases Policy Paper on U.S.-Israel Relations

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March 5, 2012

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District Matt Salmon today released his position paper on relations between the United States and Israel, reaffirming his commitment to support, protect and bolster a strong and healthy friendship between the two nations. Click Here to view Salmon’s full policy paper.

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, "With the threat of a nuclear Iran continuing to increase, a close relationship between the U.S. and Israel is more vital than ever to the national security of both nations. Israel is, and has proven time and time again to be, America’s only true and trusted ally in the Middle East; it is a relationship that must always remain strong and mutually supportive. Supporting and protecting the state of Israel was something I took a lead role on during my previous tenure in Congress, and I will renew this leadership role once again when I return to Washington."

Later today, Salmon will also attend the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., where he will hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

AIPAC’s mission is to strengthen the ties between the United States and its ally Israel. As America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC works with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to enact public policy that enhances the U.S.-Israel relationship.

AIPAC’s staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong, and secure.

Cooperation between the two countries is advantageous for both nations. AIPAC urges all members of Congress to support Israel through foreign aid, government partnerships, joint anti-terrorism efforts, and the promotion of a negotiated two-state solution – a Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s "Top National Elected Official" award.

Matt Salmon has received the endorsements from Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction,) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49).