Governor John Carney (D-DE)
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Governor John Carney
Sen. Thomas Carper
Sen. Chris Coons

March 7, 2013

The Israeli Lobby is demanding full funding for Israel’s war machine. They want to be exempt from sequestrationâ€"the mandatory reduction of all federal expenditures. Social Security payments are undergoing cuts. Medicare is on the chopping block. Education Department services are decreasing. What about trimming the $3.2 billion in American military aid to Israel? Not one dime will be affected if the Israel Lobby gets its way. 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 touched.

Americans are shouldering too much in the tax-and-spend adjustments; making an exception for aid to Israel is adding insult to injury.

New legislation is in the works that would make Israel a “major strategic ally,” a privileged relationship that no other nation enjoys. The bill, H.R. 938 United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013, would also protect aid to Israel from any future across-the-board budget cuts.

The legislation will make permanent a number of Washington-Tel Aviv interactions including annual defense assistance, military technology, energy research, and cyber security. It also calls for Israel to join the program that waives pre-arranged visas for select nationals entering the United States. Israel’s espionage activities are well-documented: lowering of visa standards can only lead to more infiltration. This bill creates a relationship with the U.S. that even Canada and Great Britain do not enjoy.

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. A new bill, H.R. 850, 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, with a devastating economic impact on the Iranian population. Is it wise to gamble on US military intervention in a deadly Israel-Iran war? Please put some space between a stable, sane foreign policy and the Israeli path to all-out war. Do not allow the Israeli lobby to hijack U.S. foreign policy.

Please detach U.S. foreign policy from the self-serving Israeli agenda of territorial aggrndizement and regional imperialism. I urge you to oppose H.R. 938, H.R. 850 and any forthcoming bill designed to exempt aid to Israel from the sequestration which is undermining the incomes of midddle-class Americans. Thank you.

Dover , DE