August 17, 1992 PRESIDENT BUSH: PROMOTING THE U.S.-ISRAELI PARTNERSHIP UNDER PRESIDENT BUS
August 17, 1992
PRESIDENT BUSH: PROMOTING THE U.S.-ISRAELI PARTNERSHIP
UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH, AMERICA'S TRADITIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH ISRAEL
HAS REACHED A NEW STAGE OF DEEPER AND INTENSIFIED COLLABORATION
DEMONSTRATED BY: PRIME MINISTER YITZHAK RABIN'S SUCCESSFUL TALKS
WITH THE PRESIDENT, THE STRONGLY PRO-ISRAEL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM,
AND THE IMPRESSIVE FOUR-YEAR BUSH RECORD OF STRONG SUPPORT FOR OUR
o The Bush-Rabin summit in Kennebunkport on August 10-11
solidified the U.S.-Israeli strategic partnership: It
produced an accord providing $10 billion in U.S. loan
guarantees to facilitate Israeli absorption of immigrants, and
a joint commitment to work together closely in the historic
Middle East peacemaking process that has begun.
-- President Bush declared: "This is a relationship based on
a shared commitment to democracy and to common values, as
well as the solid commitment to Israel's security,
including its qualitative military edge. This is a
special relationship. It is one that is built to endure."
-- Prime Minister Rabin responded: "Mr. President, we ...
have supported since the beginning of the Gulf crisis the
U.S. and your policy against Saddam Hussein's brutal
aggression. The strong approach taken by the United
States during the war greatly contributed to the regional
sense of security and made a positive contribution to
Israel's security as well."
-- President Bush said the two countries shared the goal of
"real peace" between Israel and the Arabs, "codified by
treaties, characterized by reconciliation and openness,
including trade and tourism."
o The 1992 Republican Platform is a powerful statement of
American support for Israel as a key ally and strategic
partner: The Platform praises Israel as the only true
democracy in the Middle East and elaborates on its strategic
importance to America's interests.
-- It calls for large-scale security assistance to Israel and
renews the pledge to maintain Israel's qualitative
military edge. The Democratic Platform does not.
-- It insists on Israel's right to exist within secure and
recognized borders and supports Israel's goal of true
peace and reconciliation with its neighbors. It calls for
an end to the Arab boycott of Israel. The Democratic
platform does neither.
-- It pledges that the U.S. will be an honest broker in the
peacemaking process and will not impose solutions.
-- It pledges that the U.S. will oppose an independent
Palestinian state or any entity that will jeopardize
Israel's security. It opposes any U.S. dialogue with the
PLO until President Bush's stiff conditions are met. The
Democratic platform does none of these things.
-- It promises that Jerusalem must remain undivided and
declares that no genuine peace would deny Jews the right
to live anywhere in this "special city."
-- It declares freedom of emigration to be a fundamental
human right and affirms the right of Jews to resettle in
-- It pledges that the U.S. will withdraw from any U.N. body
that denies Israel's right to participate. The Democratic
platform does not.
o The Bush record over four years has brought U.S.-Israeli
relations to a new high: U.S. assistance to Israel has been
crucial in the political, economic, and security dimensions.
-- President Bush's courage and decisiveness in the defeat of
Iraqi aggression ended the possibility that Saddam Hussein
could use nuclear weapons against his enemies -- with
Israel at the top of his target list.
-- The President's diplomacy has produced an historic
peacemaking process in which Israel is meeting, for the
first time, in face-to-face, continuing negotiations with
all its neighbors and multilaterally with all Arab nations
(except Iraq and Libya).
-- The President suspended the U.S. dialogue with the PLO
because of its failure to disavow terrorism. The PLO's
support for Saddam has reinforced the Administration's
-- The Bush Administration has urged the Palestinians and
other Arabs to negotiate seriously with Israel, to take
account of Israel's security needs, and to respond in a
forthcoming way to Israel's new positions.
-- The President's leadership obtained the repeal in December
1991 of the notorious 1975 UN General Assembly resolution
that equated Zionism with racism.
-- After the historic May 1991 airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian
Jews to Israel, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declared
that the rescue "could not have taken place without the
full, devoted help of the United States."
-- In April 1992, after repeated U.S. urging, Syria lifted
travel restrictions on its 4,500-member Jewish community.
-- In each of the past four years, the Bush Administration
has furnished $3 billion to Israel in economic and
military assistance, as well as additional benefits such
as early disbursement of assistance.
-- Under the aegis of the U.S.-Israeli Joint Economic
Development Group, cooperation is growing in fields such
as science and technology, health, labor, agriculture,
environmental protection, and the war against drugs.
-- In March 1991, the U.S. agreed to an additional $650
million in emergency assistance to help cover the military
and civil defense costs to Israel resulting from the Gulf
-- The President has proposed a new, modern, and global
system of strategic missile defense, which would help
protect the United States and its allies -- like Israel --
against missile attack. The Democrats have sought to cut
-- The U.S. is funding 78% of Phase II of the joint U.S.-
Israeli "Arrow" anti-tactical-ballistic-missile
development project. In dollar terms, Israel has been the
largest foreign participant in our Strategic Defense
-- During the Gulf War, the President sent several batteries
of "Patriot" anti-missile missiles and 12 F-15/A aircraft
from Europe, and sent U.S. Army units to help operate the
-- U.S.-Israeli strategic cooperation now embraces over 300
joint programs in defense research and development, valued
at over $2.9 billion. The Pentagon purchased $360 million
in Israeli military goods in 1991 alone.
-- The Pentagon has prepositioned approximately $300 million
worth of military equipment in Israel, and the U.S. and
Israel continue to conduct joint exercises under
the aegis of the Joint Political-Military Commission.
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