Save this for November. It is a list of congresspersons who did not sign the Hoyt-Cantor letter in support of Israel. It is a fairly moderate letter in fact and just calls attention to the need to maintain the alliance between the United States and Israel. But about 100 congresspersons did not sign it. Whatever your political beliefs or positions about Israel, this should be of interest to you.
Is your congressperson on this list? Isn't it interesting that Nancy Pelosi did not sign it, for example?
Congressman Brian Baird, who wants the US to break the Gaza blockade, is not on the list, which makes me suspect the list may not be quite accurate. Charles Boustany is not on the list either, and that's a bit suspicious.
James Moran, who is on the list, will be remembered as the fellow who said the Jews were responsible for the Iraq war.
Following are congresspersons endorsed by the J Street lobby who, according to the list below, DID sign the Hoyer-Cantor letter and therefore do not appear on the list:
Rep. Charles Boustany (R, LA-07), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D, OR-03) ,Rep. Michael Capuano (D, MA-8), Rep. Lois Capps (D, CA-23), Rep. Russ Carnahan (D, MO-3), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D, VA-11), Rep. Jim Cooper (D, TN-5), Rep. Susan Davis (D, CA-53), Sen. Russ Feingold (D, WI) - Senate, Rep. Bob Filner (D, CA-51), Rep. Barney Frank (D, MA-4), Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D, TX-20), Rep. Deborah Halvorson (D, IL-11), Rep. Jim Himes (D, CT-4), Rep. Rush Holt (D, NJ-12), Rep. Mike Honda (D, CA-15), Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D, OH-15), Rep. Hank Johnson (D, GA-4), Rep. Ron Kind (D, WI-3), Rep. Dan Maffei (D, NY-25), Rep. Jim McGovern (D, MA-3), Rep. Scott Murphy (D, NY-20), Rep. Donald Payne (D, NJ-10), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D, ME-1), Steve Pougnet (D, CA-45), Rep. David Price (D, NC-4), Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D, IL-9)
Either there are some errors in the list, or congresspersons who get bribed do not always stay bribed. J Street endorsees who did sign the letter are shown in red and marked #.
I do not know who prepared the list below and cannot vouch for its accuracy.
April 1, 2010
Republican names below show up bolded [and asterisked - A.I.]. All others are Democrats. [Endorsees of J Street shown in red and with # - A.I.]
Did Not Sign Hoyer-Cantor Letter
Hoyer-Cantor Letter in Support of Israel
327 Representatives were signatories to the letter.
102 were non-signers: 94 were Democrats and 8 were Republican.
Dear Secretary Clinton:
We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension. In every important relationship, there will be occasional misunderstandings and conflicts. The announcement during Vice President Biden's visit was, as Israel's Prime Minister said in an apology to the United States, "a regrettable incident that was done in all innocence and was hurtful, and which certainly should not have occurred." We are reassured that Prime Minister Netanyahu's commitment to put in place new procedures will ensure that such surprises, however unintended, will not recur.
We recognize that, despite the extraordinary closeness between our country and Israel, there will be differences over issues both large and small. Our view is that such differences are best resolved quietly, in trust and confidence, as befits longstanding strategic allies. We hope and expect that, with mutual effort and good faith, the United States and Israel will move beyond this disruption quickly, to the lasting benefit of both nations. We believe, as President Obama said, that "Israel's security is paramount" in our Middle East policy and that "it is in U.S. national security interests to assure that Israel's security as an independent Jewish state is maintained." In that spirit, we look forward to working with you to achieve the common objectives of the U.S. and Israel, especially regional security and peace.
April, 1 2010
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