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Oppose any UN declaration of Palestinian statehood

I am firmly and strongly committed to Israel and would make it a priority, if elected to Congress, to further its security as a Jewish, democratic and pluralistic state, as well as its close relationship and strategic partnership with the United States. The state of Israel has a profound role and responsibility in the world, both as a home for the Jewish people and as a critical anchor in the crossroads of the Middle East. The United States must do all it can to assist its ally in this role.

Israeli security and recognition of Israeli sovereignty is the first and indispensable prerequisite of the two-state solution that I support. This two-state solution must only be the result of bilateral negotiations, facilitated by the United States, between the Israelis and Palestinians. I oppose any United Nations declaration of Palestinian statehood that is not part of a comprehensive U.S.-backed agreement, and support President Obama's commitment to veto any such approach.

Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com , Nov 4, 2014

As Swiss Ambassador, negotiated release of Iranian hostages

[I served] as US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 2009-2013. Switzerland is the "Protecting Power" of the United States in Iran, meaning that it advocates on behalf of the U.S. government for the roughly 10,000 American citizens in Iran. The Swiss embassy in Tehran has a close relationship with the U.S. embassy in Switzerland.

My ambassadorial term included the longstanding negotiations to free the American hikers held hostage in Iran. I was also deeply involved with the case of Amir Hekmati, the young U.S. Marine who was arrested as he entered Iran, accused of being a CIA operative, and sentenced to death. I worked at great length with Swiss banks trying to ensure that they were not providing banking relationships with Iran. I believe that by the time of my departure, no Swiss banks were doing business with Iranian companies, nor even with the Central Bank of Iran.

Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com , Nov 4, 2014

Served as Ambassador to Switzerland and in Dept. of Commerce

I've worked closely with President Obama in politics and in government [while serving as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia]. I helped the President in his first campaign, and after he got elected, he asked me to lead the transition team for the Department of Commerce. Four years ago, the President appointed me to be Ambassador to Switzerland, and it was an honor to serve the President and my country abroad.
Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com , Oct 10, 2014

Outlook of engagement toward the world

We must have an outlook of engagement toward the world and be vigilant in meeting our special responsibilities abroad. Simultaneously, we must be wise in our defense spending. Sequestration weakens our military; the United States government must not employ arbitrary sequestration again. We can achieve efficiencies in our large defense budget while maintaining a robust and well-prepared military.
Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com , Oct 10, 2014

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