Representative Michael E. Capuano (D-MA 7th)
10th-term Democrat from Massachusetts.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Rep. Michael Capuano

March 9, 2013

 The Israel Lobby has narrowed its sights on three pieces of legislation. Predictably, the bills are not in America’s best interest.

But these initiatives are far worse"more dangerous"than in recent years.

The Lobby is demanding full funding for Israel’s war machine. They want to be exempt from sequestration"the mandatory reduction of all federal expenditures. Social Security payments are undergoing cuts. FBI expenditures are being reduced. Education Department services are decreasing. What about trimming the $3.2 billion in American military aid to Israel? Not one dime if the Israel Lobby gets its way. While not a specific bill, they are lobbying Congress for subtle changes to its sequestration statutes and procedures so Israel’s military pipeline to American tax dollars will not be affected.Americans want a fair foreign policy that encourages peace and justice in the Middle East. The history of our Israel first policies has crippled US strategic, economic, diplomatic, and humanitarian activities in that vital region of the world.
Finally, there is the continuing threat of war with Iran. It has now gone one step beyond saber rattling. A new bill, HR 850, introduced by the influential House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-CA and supported by ranking Democrat Eliot L. Engel of New York would extend existing sanctions targeting Iran’s energy and financial transactions to include an even broader range of its commerce with the rest of the world. Several senators are working on a measure that is expected to be even more expansive. Dare we push Iran to the brink"is it wise to gamble on US military intervention in a deadly Israel-Iran war?



Brighton , MA