ERIE, Pa. — As the world commemorates the 77th anniversary of the liberation at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Dr. Oz, Republican candidate for United States Senate in Pennsylvania, wrote and released the following piece reflecting on the dark stain the Holocaust left on human history and affirming the need for Americans and people across the world to fervently support the continued existence, security, and prosperity of the Jewish State.
In Israel, I See a Nation Committed to Life
By Dr. Mehmet Oz
On the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the world mourns the dark stain the Holocaust left on human history through the abuse, torture, and murder of more than 6 million Jews.
Together, we vow never to forget the victims of these atrocities, to honor the enduring spirit of the survivors, and to reaffirm our commitment to standing united against those who fuel hate and violence around the world. As part of this duty, we must remember that the founding of modern Israel was in many ways a response to the Holocaust. We cannot honor the memory of the Holocaust without also steadfastly supporting the continued existence, security, and prosperity of the Jewish State.
I have seen Israel’s beauty and ingenuity firsthand, while also experiencing the consistent threats to its people when I was blessed to visit the Holy Land with my entire family. I wanted to better understand the universal Jewish values that have so positively impacted our world. I wanted to be where these timeless ideas were born. Wherever we went, we were welcomed warmly by members of all faiths living peacefully side by side. I saw doctors of different faiths healing together at the state-of-the-art wards of Rambam Hospital in the north and was moved beyond words to see how Israel safeguards prayer rights at holy sites of all faiths – Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike. I was grateful to have met personally with then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who apprised me of Israel’s unique security needs and the efforts being made every day to create a brighter and more peaceful future for the region.
In Israel, I saw a nation committed to life. As an American, a doctor, and a candidate for U.S. Senate, I know Israel’s security and welfare is essential to all the life and freedom loving world. America need leaders who understand that the great bond between our two countries is more than political; it’s etched into the bedrock of our shared values and our common belief in freedom.
The United States must unequivocally support the right of Jews to live freely in Israel. Following years of empty promises by past presidents, I was proud to see President Trump recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy there, recognizing the Jewish people’s indisputable claims to Jerusalem and Israel’s sovereign right to an undivided capital of its choosing.
I will be a fierce fighter for Israel in the United States Senate. I will support American efforts to ensure that Israel has the qualitative military edge it needs to defend itself against its enemies . I will work to provide Israel with diplomatic backing on the world stage where it is so wrongfully singled out for abuse. I will fight the anti-Semitic BDS movement and oppose economic discrimination against Israel. And I will oppose the grotesque cash rewards given to the families of terrorists who murder Israelis, being addressed by the Taylor Force Act.
Today, Iran continues to threaten the region, America, and the world. To Israel the challenges Iran poses are existential. Iran’s jihadist government denies the Holocaust and is committed to Israel’s destruction. These genocidal threats are a moral abomination which should disgust every person of conscience. The possibility of nuclear weapons in the hands of such a regime is utterly non-negotiable. The Iran Nuclear-Deal (JCPOA) is a badly flawed agreement that would not deny an Iranian bomb, and President Trump was right to withdraw from it and impose maximum pressure sanctions. Pressure is the best way to undermine the Iranian regime, and I support returning to those sanctions.
At the same time, we are seeing new horizons of hope rise in the Middle East. The Abraham Accords brought a historic leap for diplomacy with Israel and leading Arab nations. It forged a way forward based on economic cooperation and a shared vision for a better tomorrow. Our objective must now be to capitalize on those gains to further heal the region and inspire believers in freedom, peace, and human rights throughout the world.
Now more than ever our dear ally Israel needs partners in the United States Senate, and I am running to reinforce our shared values. I will make sure the Jewish state has a strong voice and defender in the United States Senate and on the world stage.