Over the course of the last 25 years, the world has evolved beyond a Cold War mentality, and U.S. foreign policy must adapt to reflect these 21st Century global realities. Our goal in foreign affairs must always be to keep America safe and secure. Gone are the days of major superpowers, replaced instead by an increasingly interconnected global community, and protecting our shores and our allies means crafting a balanced approach and working multilaterally as often as possible.
In this rapidly-changing world, American defense policy must adapt to modern military engagements, and so too, must defense spending. In a world without grand armies meeting on sprawling battlefields, we need a more agile, more specialized military with the latest technologies to keep our troops out of harm’s way. At the same time, we must focus on diplomacy and development, as force is, and always should be, our last resort.
For the Tenth District and for myself, Israel means more than just America’s greatest ally in the world’s most volatile region; Israel means family and friends. Every year large numbers of our neighbors, friends, children, students and young adults visit Israel. And many of us have family, friends and co-workers in Israel. Standing up for Israel is not just politics, it’s personal.
Israel faces a broad spectrum of threats, from a nuclear Iran, a collapsing Syria, uncertainty in Egypt, more than 60,000 Hezbollah missiles in Lebanon, increasingly-lethal Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets in Gaza to Palestinian efforts to delegitimize Israel internationally and to circumvent negotiations with resolutions at the United Nations.
America’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security flows both from our mutual strategic interests and our shared values and aspirations for our children. As vibrant democracies, we recognize that freedom and liberty are at the core of our national identities and mutual prosperity. Strategically, the United States and Israel share a disproportionate role in addressing the ominous threats of radical extremism, global terrorism and a nuclear Iran. A strong U.S.-Israeli relationship is crucial for our efforts to address the rapidly-changing security dynamic in the Middle East and is an instrumental component of our strategy to pursue and achieve real, lasting peace in the region.
I am committed to ensuring that the U.S.-Israeli relationship remains strong, steadfast and secure. I am also committed to protecting Israel’s qualitative military advantage. As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I will continue to be a leading voice in support of security assistance for the State of Israel.
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Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced bipartisan legislation to help Israel maintain its qualitative military edge over those who seek to do it harm.
The Israeli Qualitative Military Edge Enhancement Act would require the President to more frequently report to Congress on weapons systems being sold to countries in the Middle East, helping ensure Israel retains a military edge and the weapons necessary to defend itself from unconventional warfare.
In response to the potential sale of advanced arms from Russia to Syria, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement:
When Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) led a mission of 25 people to Israel last week for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), the group expected to get a special look at the country others do not often see.
What none of them expected was to observe was a battle in the Syrian civil war but that is exactly what happened when the group visited an Israeli observation point atop Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights only 25 miles from Damascus.
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider led a group of 18 members of the Chicago Jewish community, including several JUF Board members, on a JUF mission to Israel this week. The 10th District congressman said Tuesday that the group arrived at a time when there is “concern about what is going on in the neighborhood”—Syria, Egypt, Iran—as well as a strong belief in the future.
To mark Israel’s 65th anniversary, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, helped introduce a resolution and released the following statement:
Today, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), in a letter to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, urged the Iraqi government to stop the illicit flow of Iranian arms across the country to Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian forces. This follows Schneider’s questioning of Robert Ford, the U.S.
The Honorable Nuri al-Maliki
The Republic of Iraq
Dear Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki,
We write to express our serious concern over reports that Iranian flights continue to use Iraqi airspace to transport weapons to Assad’s forces in Syria. We are increasingly troubled over recent reports that in addition to the Iranian’s use of civilian aircraft to transport military personnel and weapons caches to Syria over Iraq, truckloads of weapons are also making their way via overland routes to Syria through Iraq.
The burgeoning partnership between Israel, Greece, Cyprus, and the United States took a major step forward in February as members of Congress officially launched the Congressional Hellenic-Israeli Alliance (CHIA). The idea for the Caucus came during a meeting last summer in Chicago of leaders from AJC, the Hellenic American Leadership Council, and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). Created to highlight the growing Hellenic-Israeli partnership, which could yield important economic and national security benefits for the U.S.
When more than 200 10th Congressional District citizens descended on Washington along with 13,000 others for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) Policy Conference Sunday through Tuesday, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) found himself on the other side of the desk.
A long time Aipac member and citizen lobbyist for the group, Schneider had plenty of experience explaining the importance of the United States-Israel relationship to members of Congress. This time it was his turn to listen.
In response to Iran’s accelerating nuclear program, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) helped introduce the bipartisan Nuclear Iran Prevention Act that enacts stronger sanctions against the nation and its economic partners with the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.
The bipartisan legislation targets human rights violators and individuals who engage in commerce with Iran by broadening economic sanctions and increasing oversight of the implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.