Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ 6th)
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Rep. David Schweikert
Sen. John McCain
Sen. Jeff Flake

March 8, 2013

 
President Obama, Senators, and Congressmen,

Please oppose these initiatives !!


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

•H.R. 850, The Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, 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.

•AIPAC is pushing to exempt US aid to Israel 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. It is absurd to suggest that our massive amount of aid to Israel would be exempted.

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

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 that even Canada and Great Britain, who fought alongside American soldiers in WWII, 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. 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?

Please do not allow these initiatives to be approved !!!

Scottsdale , AZ