Sestak also spoke of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. He outlined specific ways in which the United States could help ease the tensions between Israel and Palestine.
“The way forward in the Middle East is communication,” Sestak said. “There must be direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, mediated by the United States. The proximity talks that began recently were an important step, but there will never be peace by proxy.”
Sestak also gave reasons that he believes peace talks have not worked in the past.
“When the stakes are so profound, and when too many are more focused on settling old scores than healing old wounds, leaders cannot be expected to yield intractable positions,” Sestak said.
Sestak believes that without the support of a powerful, respected ally to serve as an independent “honest broker” then peace agreements will not be reached.
According to Sestak, the United States is the only entity that can fulfill that role.
“Our flag is the only one that nations in conflict can look on with the faith that it represents,” Sestak said.
Sestak also said that he is aware that the security of Israel is directly related to the security of the United States.
“We have the courage of our convictions,” Sestak said. “We know where we stand: Israel’s security is our security. We all have a stake in peace and stability.”