Beyond the many national shared values being the only democratic ally of the U.S. in the Middle East, Alabama and Israel also share a commitment to deeply-held common values from the history of each shaped greatly through the influence of Biblical faith. From an embraced responsibility that we are our brother's keeper - particularly in times of need or hostility - to a belief that our neighbor is the one within our reach to help, there is a profound connection and natural bond. The same brings a sense of perceived calling to be quick to react, to defend, to protect, and to help. From a devotion to sincere hospitality, to nature's fruitful harvest, the state of Israel and the American South share much to be celebrated and grateful for.
Alabama and Israel also share the painful experience of broad and sudden destruction requiring urgent response to critical need following tragic acts or catastrophic events. Israel has endured violent acts of terror targeting innocent people, missile attacks on the civilian population, wars and conflicts erupting as acts of aggression follow repeated calls for her destruction and annihilation. Alabama has known the anguish of massive hurricanes devastating coastal lands displacing multitudes of people, and deadly tornados sweeping the state with tragic consequence. Both know the urgent need and required responsibility in such difficult times.