All-weather Friends

Thank you, Senator Lee. You are a shining example of what it means to be a friend. Not a fair-weather ally who shows up when it’s convenient, or personally useful. Not someone who checks the forecast before deciding what side of an issue it would be convenient to land on. But a true friend, to be counted on always and beyond.

I could say this about many political leaders, thank God. And thank the United States of America. But I choose Senator Lee today, because his stellar record comes at a time where it is not due to political expedience, but an honest desire to be good to the Jews, and to Israel.
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Utah loves the Jews, that is true. Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormons, love the Jewish State. They are grafted in, in their tradition, and we are the real thing. Senator Lee visited Israel last week with PJTN and the Yes! Israel Project, keeping a fairly low profile yet meeting with the very top political echelon. He also spent his days walking in the footsteps of our Patriarchs and meeting the people behind the headlines, to get a real, first-hand accounting of the issues that come across his desk every day.

Dear reader, you and I know that the Middle East is an interesting, dynamic neighborhood, one that demands we stay on our toes and understand our neighbors in order to survive and flourish. That we do, with the help of friends like the Senator who ask for nothing in return but our recognition of his dedication to us.

A united Jerusalem, Bible in hand and security under our belts — that’s what our friends wish for us, and that is what we all strive to achieve, the sooner the better. A quick-fix? I don’t think so. The message is that things here are complicated, and the second directive is a request for faith — believe that we want peace more than the next guy, for it is our children’s lives on the line. The “d” in IDF stands for defense, and that is what we do — with Iron Dome, with our armies — we defend our right to this land for all times.

Senator Lee stood with Israel last week in Jerusalem at its municipal borders. He stood with little Ma’or from Sderot, looking at the hole next to his front door created by a missile from Gaza the day before. The prime minister, major Israeli pundits and political leaders briefed him in honest and lengthy talks. The people of Judea, of Shiloh and Hebron spoke of historic longing and return. Yes, the right of return is alive and well, and we are living it today as Jewish people returned to our beloved Land of Israel. No newspapers were invited to cover the visit, yet we knew he was here, and we continue to work together.

Netanyahu and Senator Lee shared ideas for further cooperation, and our PM made it clear that we would do what it takes to protect ourselves from Iran. We also mentioned those who had supported the Iran deal in Congress, and pledged to strengthen those who had proven themselves friends.

Biblical and modern day Shiloh

I challenge you, my fellow Zionists, to write in your comments here, right now. Share your top names — the American politician who, for you, embodies a true friend to Israel and the Jewish people. There are many and the list is thankfully long. It may be tough to choose, but we must take stock of our friends and express our thanks to them for standing strong together, through thick and thin.

After all, that’s what friends are for, and they just might need us some day soon.

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Senator Mike Lee (UT) visited Israel on a Yes! Israel Mission, sponsored by PJTN. He’s already planning a return visit ASAP.

About the Author
Ruth Lieberman is an Israeli-based political consultant and licensed tour guide, combining her love of Israel with political acumen to better Israel's standing both at home and in the eyes of the world. She has consulted for political leaders in Jerusalem and in Washington, from work on election campaigns to public advocacy and events. Her tours in Israel connect Biblical history to modern realities, to highlight Israel's achievements and promote its policies.
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