State of Montana Archives: on Foreign Policy


Steve Daines: Congressional support for Israel is bipartisan & strong

Daines said support for Israel is definitely bipartisan in Congress. "There are few issues that unite the US Congress any more, but one of them is our policy in support of Israel," he said. "They are our strongest ally in the Middle East, they are the strongest democracy in the Middle East. They are a force of stability, and that does tie directly to our national interests."

[Returning from a trip to Israel], Daines said the PLO wants a Palestinian state, while Israel is insisting that the Palestinians recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state of Israel. He said there's some optimism that the latest peace talks could move toward resolving the issues, but Daines said "it's also couched in historical reality, that we are still a long ways away from that solution."

"The main issue for Israel is their security as well as the recognition of Israel," Daines said.

Source: Ravalli Republic coverage of 2014 Montana Senate debate Aug 20, 2013

Sam Rankin: Actively engage and assist European nations through NATO

    A strong and correct foreign policy depends on a blend of good and clear goals in defense, global trade and in defining our national interest.
  1. We must maintain and keep ahead in programs and products beneficial to U.S. militarily, i.e. armaments and personnel.
  2. I support our alliance with Israel and steps to bring a lasting peace to that region; and believe that Palestinians need to have a stronger role in peace negotiations.
  3. We must actively engage and assist, when appropriate, European nations through NATO.
  4. We must have an ongoing dialogue with Russia and China regarding nuclear proliferation as we need them in support of sanctions against Iran for its failure to ratify the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
Source: 2012 Montana House campaign website, srankin.qwestoffice.net Oct 14, 2011

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