National Review on March 20, 2015, reported that on the Senate floor on March 19, Florida senator and prospective Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s recent treatment of Israel. Excerpts below:

Beginning with a declaration of Israel’s virtues — “How much better would the world be if the Middle East looked more like Israel?” he asked — and noting its special purpose as a homeland for the Jewish people, Rubio launched into a withering condemnation of the Obama administration.

Rubio chronicled several years of the Obama administration’s distaste for Netanyahu and for Israel, and also recounted the several times that the Palestinian Authority has refused peace accords offered by Israel.

The Obama White House’s decision to air its grievances with Israel publicly earned Rubio’s harshest criticism: “Allies have differences, but when allies like Israel, when you have a difference with them and it is public, it emboldens their enemies to launch more rockets out of southern Lebanon and Gaza, to launch more terrorist attacks, to go to international forums and delegitimize Israel’s right to exist,” said Rubio, accusing the Obama administration of “a historic and tragic mistake.”

“This is outrageous, it is irresponsible, it is dangerous, and it betrays the commitment this nation has made to the right of a Jewish state to exist in peace,” he concluded. “If America doesn’t stand with Israel, who would we stand with? If Israel — a democracy, a strong American ally on the international stage — if they are not worthy of our unconditional support, then what ally of ours around the world can feel safe in their alliance with us?”

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