Tuesday, March 1, 2011

GOP House newcomers sign on to Israel military aid

A large majority of the freshmen Republican representatives in Congress have signed a letter committing to current levels of military aid to Israel, despite an austere spending environment. Many of them had been boosted into office by the tea party movement, which has cost-cutting as its central focus.

Among the 87 first-year members, 67 have signed the letter that was initiated by Reps. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and sent to the party’s House leadership last Wednesday, February 23.

The letter's support for Israel's security assistance rests on their "recognition that the national security of the United States is directly tied to the strength and security of the State of Israel." The letter stresses the importance of fully funding Israel's fiscal year 2011 aid package of $3 billion and an additional $205 million in funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system.

We have recently relaunched our campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel, with our revamped web site, aidtoisrael.org, offering ideas and materials for community organizing to end this aid, plus the opportunity to send letters to Congress and the President, and to "offset" the $21.59 of the average U.S. taxpayer's 2011 federal income taxes that will go toward more weapons for Israel to continue its illegal occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.