The Special Relationship
We have deepened and strengthened our relationship to the point where it is probably the closest that we have with any of our friends and allies anywhere in the world . . . We support Israel because it is our major democratic ally with strategic and ideological and cultural ties that grow stronger each year . . . As we work to achieve the goal of peace in the Middle East, we are guided by the fundamental principle which forms the basis for the peace process: our absolute commitment to Israel's security and to close U.S.-Israel relations. . . . The security of Israel is important to us, and we make no bones about it. . . . The U.S. stands by Israel in an unshakable partnership for peace.
-- Vice President Al Gore, "U.S. Middle East Policy: A New Era of Cooperation," 35th Annual AIPAC Policy Conference, Washington, DC, March 13, 1994
The relationship between the United States and Israel is a special relationship for special reasons. It is based upon shared interests, shared values, and a shared commitment to democracy, pluralism and respect for the individual.
-- Secretary of State Warren Christopher, February 1993