This Tuesday the American experiment faces its biggest test since Reconstruction: Will voters reject prejudice and bigotry, incompetence and corruption, racism and hatred, and vote for science and progress, unity and morality? Joe Biden is the superior candidate for fighting the pandemic, reviving the economy, confronting racism, and combating climate change–he is also the best poised to fight anti-Semitism and support Israel.
Vice President Biden has a decades-long record of public service and support for Israel. When Israel needed emergency Iron Dome funding during the 2014 Gaza War, Biden spent the weekend in Congress lobbying for extra aid. Additionally, the U.S. committed to a record $38 billion of aid to Israel in an MOU signed during the Obama-Biden administration. Joe Biden understands the importance of aid to Israel and has dismissed calls to further condition American military aid to the Jewish state.
Donald Trump’s symbolic achievements in office have been short on substance. Ask yourself how will an American embassy in Jerusalem save Israel from an emboldened Iran? How will American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights create peace with the Palestinians? And are the Abraham Accords really the result of Trump’s savvy diplomacy, or do they stem from the Trump administration’s failed “maximal pressure” campaign against Iran, which forced the Arab world to formalize its already existent ties with Israel?
When Donald Trump entered office, Iran’s nuclear breakout time was at least 12 months, due to the Iran Deal. Under the Trump administration, the nuclear breakout time has shortened to an alarming 3.5 months. By leaving the Iran Deal, Donald Trump has alienated our European allies and lost all leverage on Iran, leading to embarrassing defeats in the United Nations, where the U.S. couldn’t rally support to extend the Iran arms embargo. Today Iran can buy and sell weapons as it pleases. The facts are clear: Trump’s reckless policies have strengthened Iran and endangered Israel.
Mike Pomepo’s 2020 Convention speech from atop the King David Hotel in Jerusalem and the Trump campaign’s 2016 rally overlooking the Kotel should worry pro-Israel Americans who understand that American support for the Jewish state must remain bipartisan. If we elect Joe Biden president, the days of politicizing the U.S.-Israel relationship will end. Instead Biden will appoint a new Secretary of State, perhaps Chris Coons or Tony Blinken–genuine friends of Israel who see the Jewish state as a strategic partner, not a venue for electioneering.
The long-term U.S.-Israel relationship is at stake too. Israel’s partnership with America is only as valuable as America’s power. If we neglect our leadership on the world stage, if we cede our authority in multilateral institutions, if we retreat from our European and Asian allies, America’s position becomes weakened and the special U.S.-Israel relationship loses its importance. Joe Biden has committed to reviving American international leadership, and reversing Trump’s isolationist policies that have left the world unsafe.
Finally, voters have the moral imperative to elect Biden. With anti-Semitism on the rise, we must elect someone who emphatically denounces white supremacy and anti-Semitism, not someone who equivocates–talking about “very fine” neo-Nazis, calling Jews “disloyal,” lending tacit approval to the white supremacist Proud Boys organization. The American electorate must uphold her values, sending a clarion message that America stands for equality and tolerance. That is why I voted for Joe Biden and that is why I hope–I expect–you will too.