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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lawmakers Urge Obama To Show Greater Support For Israel

Source: RTTNews

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined with 85 other senators in urging President Barack Obama to reaffirm US support for Israel's right to self-defense.

In a letter to the president, the senators argued that Israel is important for the US's national security, and that the US needs to stand with Israel when it "faces multiple threats from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the current regime in Iran."

The letter goes on to commend the Obama Administration for defending Israel against rebukes from the United Nations, blaming a Turkish charity for instigating a conflict involving a Gaza flotilla earlier in June.

They expressed concerns over the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and asked the administration to consider adding the IHH to the list of foreign terrorist organizations."

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Members of the Democratic caucus who signed the letter (* where I couldn't make out the names):

Reid
Durbin
Schumer
Murray
Menendez
Levin
Gillibrand
Burris
Kaufman
Casey
Warner
Begich
Bayh
Pryor
Baucus
Cardin
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Lautenberg
Landrieu
Kohl
Boxer
Nelson
Lieberman
Wyden
Lincoln
Cantwell
Hagan
Feingold
McCaskill
Tester
Feinstein
Carper
Nelson
Specter
Brown
Inouye
Shaheen
Mikulski
Franken
Johnson
Conrad
Reed
Bennett
Udall
Dorgan
Stabenow
Klobuchar
Rockefeller
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