On the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's sweeping victory this week, I think back to my weeklong visit to Israel this past December.
One of the recurring, and tragic themes in my conversations with Israelis of all backgrounds was their feeling of abandonment by the U.S. government.
In light of President Obama's snub of Prime Minister Netanyahu during his recent visit to America, it's not difficult to understand why.
I see Prime Minister Netanyahu's victory as a testament to his decisive and formidable leadership -- a quality that is noticeably missing in our own White House.
By adopting a policy of "leading from behind," President Obama has allowed bad actors like Putin and ISIS to fill the vacuum, and the world has become a more dangerous place.
One reason that I've decided to explore a run for President is because I believe the United States is the greatest force for good in the world today.
We must once again lead in a clear, decisive way so that our enemies respect us, and our friends - particularly Israel - know that we have their backs.
It is the only way to ensure a future of safety and freedom for the American people.
By joining me on this journey, I know that you too are ready for a new kind of leadership, and I thank you for your generous and ongoing support.