Senator David Perdue Highlights Strategic Partnership With Israel, Meets With Prime Minister Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) traveled to Israel this week – his first international trip as a U.S. Senator and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“I’m grateful for the warm hospitality of the Israeli people,” said Senator Perdue. “As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I deemed it imperative that my first trip be to Israel.

“The United States-Israel relationship is significant because it is both special and strategic. It is special because we share the common values of freedom and democracy, and it’s strategic because Israel is America’s strongest ally in the most volatile part of the world.

“After meeting with so many people and experiencing Israeli culture firsthand, I now have a much deeper understanding of the threats and opportunities Israelis face on a daily basis. I also have a greater sense of urgency to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel. I am eager to welcome and hear Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress next month, and I hope that continuous dialogue between our two nations will strengthen our relationship.”

Click here to watch video of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Senator Perdue. Transcript of Senator Perdue's remarks below:

Senator Perdue: “Mr. Prime Minister, thank you so much for the hospitality of your people this week. This is my first trip as a sitting Senator, and I did that on purpose. I wanted to send a message about how strongly I personally feel about our relationship between our two countries, but I share your concern about Iran. In my opinion, the most dangerous thing to man-kind’s future is a nuclear Iran. The current negotiations are headed toward a March deadline, and I hope that we get a resolution that will give us the end-result that will propel us into a period of peace with regard to non-proliferation. Not a managed proliferation, but a non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. So, you have my personal support. I hope for the best, and I look forward to welcoming you, and hope that you will enjoy your trip to the United States next month, and we’re very much looking forward to your comments as you visit our country.”