Talking Points

Talking points


Use these suggested talking points for making a pro-Israel case in your communications with the White House, members of Congress and the media, as well as with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Don’t forget to let them know how terrorism and unfair criticism of Israel make you feel.

ISRAEL WANTS PEACE

Most Israelis recognize the claim of Palestinians for a national identity and future state and want to return to negotiations, but only with a Palestinian partner committed to peace. Peace can only come about through a two-state solution in which a secure Jewish state of Israel lives side-by-side in peace with a Palestinian state. History has shown Israeli willingness to make serious compromises when a serious peace partner sits across the table.

BUT ISRAEL REMAINS THREATENED

Israel’s right to exist should not be considered debatable. Yet even more than six decades after the United Nations established it as a nation-state, Israel continues to struggle for its survival, surrounded by countries and peoples hostile to Jews and Judaism.

CONCERNING IRAN

Iran's leaders threaten not only Israel, but also the U.S. and the entire West. The international community must stand together in determination and tenacity in this confrontation.

THE U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP

Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East. Past administrations, both parties and both houses of Congress have supported Israel’s right to defend itself for decades. The U.S.–Israel relationship is key to Israel’s survival. The two countries work together on regional defense, against international terrorism, combating radical fundamentalists, as allies in the U.N., and developing anti-missile technology.

FIGHTING TERRORISM TOGETHER

Israel and the U.S. are allies in the fight against terrorism. As allies, they steadfastly condemn the deliberate targeting of innocent men, women and children for death or injury by a political or religious movement. No political or religious cause can justify such cold-blooded mass murder.

A VIBRANT AND STRONG DEMOCRACY

Israel is the only real democracy in the Middle East, with freedom of speech, religion, association, expression and of the press, free elections with multiple parties, the rule of law and an independent judiciary, and gender equality. Israeli Arabs enjoy more freedom and greater civil rights than exists anywhere else in the Middle East, which helps explain why the majority of them prefer Israeli citizenship to a Palestinian one.

THE U.S.–ISRAEL TRADING RELATIONSHIP

Israel has a technologically-advanced market economy. It trades mainly with the U.S., importing grains, raw materials and military equipment, and exporting high-technology equipment, cut diamonds and agricultural products, as well as hosting tens of thousands of tourists annually.

ISRAEL’S HIGH-TECH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The cell phone, voice-mail technology, the Centrino and Core Duo computer chips and the camera-in-a-pill were developed in Israel. Israel has the world’s highest per capita number of university graduates, scientists and technicians in the workforce, scientific publications, and number of patents filed each year. The proportion of women among research and development workers in Israel is 23.4%, second highest in the world.