ICYMI: Santorum Reflects on Israel Trip with Policy Proposals in Op-eds in NH Union Leader and Philadelphia Inquirer

Verona, PA - In case you missed it, former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum authored two opinion pieces in the New Hampshire Union Leader and The Philadelphia Inquirer reflecting on his recent trip to Israel and how we can address the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.  Excerpts from both pieces are below:

New Hampshire Union Leader: Another View - Rick Santorum: When Israel needs our help, we have to be there

Most Americans see Israel not simply as an ancient nation but a modern miracle, a true partner on many fronts, from manufacturing to agriculture to the development of state-of-the-art weapons systems like the Iron Dome. They also see a vibrant democracy and a real partner in the war with terrorists.  Yet it has become painfully apparent that our current President does not agree.

I came to Israel last week to show solidarity with her people and government, in part because I am embarrassed by the actions of my own government. The White House should never pressure an ally to accept flawed, biased ceasefire proposals in a war with terrorists who are hell-bent on annihilating them.

The U.S. government should never hold back arms from - or micromanage arms transfers to - an ally fighting for her life.  No administration should try to force an ally to divide her own capital city and surrender the sovereignty of that capital to an enemy sworn to obliterate her.  Nor should any administration leak to the media policy or personal disagreements with an ally, especially during war time. Yet this is exactly what is happening. Read full article here.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Face reality in Mideast

The president has told us repeatedly that "al-Qaeda is on the run" and "we have decimated al-Qaeda." But his policies have actually allowed the jihadists to become stronger...

There is a way to turn this around. The president should immediately:

Crush ISIS and prevent a caliphate. Hit them hard and relentlessly from the air. Pinpricks have slowed the ISIS advance, but is the president willing to accept a country in the heart of the Middle East governed by such Islamic radicals? Decisive air power is needed now.

Arm the Kurds. The Kurdish people in northern Iraq are fighting for their lives. They have long proven their friendship with America. They have demonstrated they are a moderate, peaceful Muslim people. They have tried to create a safe haven for Christians and other minorities. Stand with them. Provide them weapons of the amount and caliber that will truly help them defend their people.

Help the new Iraqi prime minister. Nouri al-Maliki is gone. Good. Haider al-Abadi is new but untested. Work with him. Show him and the Iraqi people that America has not cut them loose. Urge them to build an inclusive democracy that truly and fully welcomes and empowers Sunnis as well as Shias, along with Christians, Kurds, and all other minority groups. Provide Baghdad with real-time intelligence, as well as more military training and logistical support to regain the upper hand against the radicals.

Stand with Israel. John Kerry has been a disaster as secretary of state. Bring in a special envoy who treats Israel as a true friend and faithful American ally, not an irritant or obstacle to Mideast peace. Stop pressuring the Israelis to accept premature and deeply flawed ceasefire agreements. Stop halting or micromanaging the transfer of weapons to Israel that we have already promised them. Stand with the Israelis without hesitation or prevarication.

Support our Arab friends. The Egyptians, Jordanians, Saudis, and some in the Gulf know first-hand the threat posed by the radicals. They want to work with the United States to prevent the creation of a caliphate. They feel abandoned by this White House, which seems more focused on helping Hamas and placating Iran than engaging friends.

Seal America's southern border. Every day this administration refuses to stop people crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally, the more likely terrorists will use these routes to plant sleeper cells inside the homeland.

Turn up the heat on Iran. The most serious threat to America, Israel, and our Arab allies is a nuclear-armed Iran. The Iranians are playing this White House. They want a deal that allows them to keep all of their centrifuges and enrichment equipment, their stockpiles of uranium, and their capacity to race for a nuclear bomb within a matter of months. Say no. Implement tougher sanctions. Move more military assets into the Gulf region. Make clear there will be serious consequences if Iran continues to defy the international community.  Read the full article here

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