WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after several Democrat candidates for President suggested the United States withhold $3.8 billion in military aid for Israel or force Israel to distribute that money to the Gaza Strip.
Senator Rick Scott said, “The strength and security of one of our strongest allies, Israel, should never be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, the Democrats continue to try to cut funding for Israel and push an anti-Israel agenda. They are masking their attempts to cut funding by suggesting the United States use this money as leverage to force Israel to kowtow to terrorist organizations.
“Unlike so many other nations, including many in Europe, that depend on the U.S. for military aid, Israel is a true partnership. Israel does not depend on U.S. troops on the ground and serves as a model of a well-armed democracy that fights to defend freedom. Democrats who continue to support cutting funding to Israel are hypocrites – they espouse virtues like love, equality and freedom, yet they want to defund the only nation that truly shares those values in the Middle East. We cannot accept this, and I will fight every day to support Israel and block any attempt by the Democrats to cut funding.”