“Israel is one of America’s most treasured allies, and our relationship is vital to our common security interests. I will keep working to strengthen that bond in Congress.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie believes the U.S. and Israel have an unshakable bond grounded in shared democratic and liberal values and common security interests.
- Stephanie wrote a measure that is now law that allows additional funds outside the current $500 million a year to go to Israel to defend itself against missile attacks.
- Stephanie firmly supports a two-state solution with a strong, secure state of Israel alongside a future Palestinian state.
As a former national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Stephanie understands how we can both expand the military partnership that keeps our countries safer while deepening the less visible foundations of a relationship based on a common worldview through regular high-level engagements and strategic planning. As a Member of Congress, Stephanie maintains an open-door policy with community leaders as she engages on these critical issues.
Stephanie is working in Congress to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) by ensuring that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have the tools they need to deter and defend Israel against the full spectrum of traditional and unconventional threats. Israel, like all countries, has the right to self-defense and must remain prepared to defend itself by itself. In fact, provisions of a bill Murphy introduced, Deterring and Defeating Rocket and Missile Threats to Israel Act, became law and now allows additional funds outside the current $500 million a year to go to Israel to defend itself against missile attacks. She will continue to promote continued support for Israeli missile defense while exploring opportunities to expand security cooperation in other complex domains like counter-tunneling and cyberspace. In addition to defending Israel on the battlefield, she opposes and has called out anti-Israeli bias and double standards in the United Nations and other international institutions.
The United States and Israel have long shared a vision and strategic interest of an Israel at peace with her neighbors, enjoying the secure, recognized, and permanent borders that only peace can bring. Indeed, as countless members of Israel’s national security establishment have acknowledged, failing to reach a deal constitutes an existential threat to Israeli security.
Israel’s long term security and its Jewish and democratic identity are best guaranteed through a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Stephanie firmly supports a two-state solution with a strong, secure state of Israel alongside a future Palestinian state. U.S. leadership is indispensable to any viable agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. A solution, however, cannot be imposed from the outside, and Stephanie opposes unilateral efforts to circumvent negotiations between the two parties through the United Nations.
Foreign aid to Israel is a strategic investment that promotes American interests in the Middle East and facilitates vital cooperation between our two countries. In Congress, Stephanie supports robust aid to Israel in order to preserve Israel’s QME. Though we face a difficult budgetary environment, our support to Israel serves critical U.S. interests by demonstrating our steadfast support to a vital ally, helping Israel improve its defenses in a rapidly changing threat environment, and developing foreign markets while creating jobs at home. Stephanie is encouraged by the constructive cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security officials in the West Bank. Stephanie will support continued U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority in order to preserve the state-building and security efforts in the West Bank that serve the interests of all parties involved, including, according to the Israel’s security services, by helping to counter terror.