Dear Senator Udall,
I am writing to express my serious concern about the Senate’s priorities.
On July 10, S.Res.498 was introduced expressing support for Israel’s right to defend herself, calling on Hamas to stop firing rockets at Israel, and calling for the Palestinian unity government to be dissolved. I’m pleased to see that neither you nor Senator Heinrich have signed on as co-sponsors as of July 14. I urge you to vote against S.Res.498 if it comes for a vote.
The only way Israel will find peace and security with its neighbors (including the Palestinians in Gaza) is to end the 66 year military occupation. As the occupier, Israel cannot claim the right of self-defense against actions of resistance by the Palestinians.
An analogy might bring this point home. If the United States invaded Mexico and held it under a long-term military occupation, would the U.S. be able to claim self-defense if the Mexicans decided to resist the occupation with whatever was at their disposal? Of course not.
End the occupation and then the right of self-defense is a legitimate argument if Israel is attacked in the future.
I’m also concerned with the action today by the Senate Appropriation defense subcommittee approving $621.6 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. This is in addition to the $3+ Billion we give to Israel each year. The Senate can find over 1/2 trillion dollars for Israel but can’t find the resources to put people back to work repairing our country’s aging infrastructure? What is wrong with this picture?
I urge you to speak with your colleagues and your constituents about our country’s misguided priorities. We can be a better friend to Israel by helping her disengage from the military occupation which is against her best interests as well as ours.
Dear Senator Heinrich,
I’m writing to express my grave concern about the Senate’s recent actions concerning Israel and Gaza.
Both S.Res.498 (expressing support for Israel’s right to self-defense) and the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee’s decision approving $621.6 million for Israel’s Iron Dome are ultimately counterproductive for both Israel’s future survival and for ending the occupation of Palestine.
You and I met early in your first term as a new Congressman to discuss Palestine and the Israeli occupation. I recall showing you a picture of a young Palestinian from Gaza and asking you to keep him in mind when you voted on issues related to Israel and Palestine. I also recall your response — that you support Israel’s right to defend herself.
I’ve come to the conclusion after watching your votes closely in the House and now in the Senate, that you are solidly in the pocket of AIPAC and uneducable about the issue. That’s why I will be working to defeat your reelection efforts.