State of Maryland Archives: on Foreign Policy


Martin O`Malley: Respect my right to shy away from foreign policy

On his 8-day trip to Israel, Jordan & the Palestinian territories, O'Malley said, "I'm sure all of you will ask me foreign policy questions. I respect your right to ask them, and I hope you'll respect my right to shy away from answering them."

On the news of the day--apparent differences between Obama and the Israeli military on whether chemical weapons had been deployed by the Syrian military--O'Malley deferred to the president's judgment. "It's certainly one of the great challenges," he allowed.

Asked whether the American people, weary from a decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, would be ready to engage in another military operation to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, O'Malley avoided specifics. "I believe that the president will make that call," he said, "and the president will have the primary responsibility of making that case to the American people and also to Congress."

How about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? "All of us hope for peace in the Middle East."

Source: N.Y.Times on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2013

Martin O`Malley: Israeli separation barrier might be called "peace wall"

Governor O'Malley, 50, said it was his third visit to Israel, and that he had brought with him about 50 high-tech executives, Jewish leaders, and Maryland officials for what is essentially a trade mission. After a side trip to Jordan in which he met with Prince Faisal--"What we spoke about was the huge challenge that the ongoing conflict in Syria has for the entire region"--much of his itinerary here is filled with companies that have offices in his home state, including one that makes radar for the vaunted Iron Dome missile defense system.

A reporter pointed out that on his way into Bethlehem, he would see the controversial separation barrier Israel has erected in the West Bank. O'Malley said he had seen something similar in Northern Ireland. "They call it the peace wall," he noted.

Source: N.Y.Times on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2013

Rob Sobhani: Focus on bringing foreign investment to Maryland

Cardin said a bipartisan plan to address the national deficit needs to be the top priority. Cardin underscored that he believes revenues need to be a part of the plan. "Everybody should be paying their fair share," Cardin said. "We should eliminate the deductions that allow businesses to send our jobs overseas, and we shouldn't be giving to oil industries special breaks that are not available to other aspects of the energy sector."

Sobhani said he would focus on bringing foreign investment to Maryland. "The way I believe we grow our economy is, once again, we link our economy, Maryland's economy, to the international economy and we go after specific projects," Sobhani said, noting that he supports seeking funding for cancer research and new homes in Baltimore.

Source: Cumberland Times-News on 2012 Maryland Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Rob Sobhani: Peace through strength

America faces many challenges in today's world, and one of the greatest of these is the lack of consistent leadership. Our allies and enemies alike must know where America stands and WHAT we stand for. I believe in peace through strength, free and fair trade, and multilateralism based on American leadership.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com Oct 15, 2012

Dan Bongino: Base Israel borders on 1967 lines, with Jerusalem as capital

Bongino said he was disheartened by President Obama's remarks in May that "the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states."

Bongino also was upset over Obama's press secretary's "non-answer" when asked by a reporter recently whether the U.S considers Jerusalem or Tel Aviv the capital of Israel.

"Israel needs to be our number one ally in the Middle East," Bongino said. "I was upset over the president's remarks and disturbed by the recent comments over Jerusalem."

Source: Baltimore Jewish Times on 2012 Maryland Senate debates Aug 3, 2012

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