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Unformatted text preview: SCFI 2010 Israel DA Team Jabob and the STGs ___ of ___ Index 1 SCFI 2010 Israel DA Team Jabob and the STGs ___ of ___ 1NC (1/4) 1. US-Israeli alliance is key to Middle East stability, but Americas commitment needs to be stronger Shapiro, 10 [Andrew J. U.S. Department of State, Assistant Secretary, Political-Military Affairs, Remarks by Assistant Secretary Shapiro on Israels Security] 7/1610, http://www.america.gov/st/texttrans-english/2010/July/20100716173959su0.3518488.html#ixzz0udoDrSNY Just last week, President Obama met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and stated that Israel has unique security requirements. President Obama has ensured that his Administration fully recognizes those requirements, and we have redoubled our commitment to meeting them. Indeed, as Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, one of my primary responsibilities is to preserve Israels Qualitative Military Edge, or QME. Today, Id like to tell you about how were preserving Israels QME through an unprecedented increase in U.S. security assistance, stepped up security consultations, support for Israels new Iron Dome defensive system, and other initiatives. We recognize that today Israel is facing some of the toughest challenges in its history. This Administration is particularly focused on Israels security precisely because of the increasingly complex and severe threats that it faces in the region. Israel is a vital ally and a cornerstone of our regional security commitments. When talking about the threat assessment in the region, one must start with the Iranian nuclear program. As Secretary Clinton said in March, For Israel, there is no greater strategic threat than the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. While the most grave, the Iranian nuclear program is one of many serious security threats in the region. Iran and Syria both pose significant conventional challenges. And these conventional challenges intersect with the asymmetrical threats posed by Hezbollah and Hamas, whose rockets indiscriminately target Israeli population centers, and whose extensive arms smuggling operations, many of which originate in Tehran and Damascus, weaken regional security and disrupt efforts to establish lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. We must recognize that the ever-evolving technology of war is making it harder to guarantee Israels security. For six decades , Israelis have guarded their borders vigilantly. But advances in rocket technology require new levels of U.S.-Israel cooperation . Despite efforts at containment, rockets with better guidance systems, greater range, and more destructive power are spreading across the region. Hezbollah has amassed tens of thousands of short- and medium-range rockets on Israels northern border. Hamas has a substantial number in Gaza. And even if some of these are still crude, they all pose a serious danger. These and other threats to Israels security and civilian population are real, they are growing, and they must be addressed. And we are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our Israeli Israels security and civilian population are real, they are growing, and they must be addressed....
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