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The Hoyt-Cantor congressional letter supporting Israel - and who didn't sign it


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.
Ami  Isseroff
 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                                                                             

Abercrombie, Neil   Hinojosa, Ruben   Paul, Ron*
Becerra, Xavier   Hirono, Mazie K.   Payne, Donald M.#
Berry, Marion   Inslee, Jay#   Pelosi, Nancy
Bishop, Timothy   Issa, Darrell*   Perriello, Tom#
Boucher, Rick   Jackson Lee, Sheila   Peterson, Collin C.
Butterfield, G.K.   Johnson, Eddie Bernice   Petri, Thomas*
Buyer, Steve*   Jones, Walter B.*   Polis, Jared#
Capps, Lois   Kanjorski, Paul E.   Pomeroy, Earl
Capuano, Michael E.   Kaptur, Marcy   Rahall, Nick
Carson, Andre   Kennedy, Patrick   Rangel, Charles B.#
Clay Jr., William "Lacy"   Kildee, Dale   Rush, Bobby L.
Cleaver, Emanuel   Kilpatrick, Carolyn   Ryan, Tim
Cohen, Steve   Kucinich, Dennis J.   Serrano, JoseE.
Conyers Jr., John   Larsen, Rick   Sestak, Joe
Costello, Jerry   Larson, John B.   Shea-Porter, Carol
Cuellar, Henry   Lee, Barbara   Slaughter, Louise
Dahlkemper, Kathy   Loebsack, David   Smith, Adam
Davis, Danny K.   Lofgren, Zoe   Snyder, Vic
DeFazio, Peter   Markey, Betsy#   Tanner, John
DeGette, Diana   Markey, Ed   Taylor, Gene
Delahunt, William#   Massa, Eric J. J.   Thompson, Bennie G.
DeLauro, Rosa L.   McCollum, Betty#   Thompson, Mike
Dicks, Norman D.   McDermott, Jim   Tierney, John
Dingell, John   Meeks, Gregory W.   VanHollen, Chris
Doggett, Lloyd   Miller, George#   Walz, Timothy J.
Edwards, Donna F.#   Mollohan, Alan B.   Waters, Maxine
Ehlers, Vernon J.*   Moore, Gwen   Watson, Diane E.
Ellison, Keith#   Moran, Jim   Watt, Mel
Eshoo, Anna G.   Murphy, Christopher S.#   Welch Peter#
Farr, Sam   Neal, Richard E.   Whitfield, Ed*
Fortenberry, Jeff*   Obey, David R.   Wilson, Charles A.
Grijalva, Raul   Olver, John   Woolsey, Lynn
Gutierrez, Luis   Ortiz, Solomon P.   Wu, David
Hinchey, Maurice#   Pastor, Ed   Yarmuth, John A.#


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.

The United States and Israel are close allies whose people share a deep and abiding friendship based on a shared commitment to core values including democracy, human rights and freedom of the press and religion. Our two countries are partners in the fight against terrorism and share an important strategic relationship. A strong Israel is an asset to the national security of the United States and brings stability to the Middle East. We are concerned that the highly publicized tensions in the relationship will not advance the interests the U.S. and Israel share. Above all, we must remain focused on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace and stability.

From the moment of Israel's creation, successive U.S. administrations have appreciated the special bond between the U.S. and Israel. For decades, strong, bipartisan Congressional support for Israel, including security assistance and other important measures, have been eloquent testimony to our commitment to Israel's security, which remains unswerving. It is the very strength of this relationship that has, in fact, made Arab-Israeli peace agreements possible, both because it convinced those who sought Israel's destruction to abandon any such hope and because it gave successive Israeli governments the confidence to take calculated risks for peace.

In its declaration of independence 62 years ago, Israel declared: "We extend our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land." In the decades since, despite constantly having to defend itself from attack, Israel has repeatedly made good on that pledge by offering to undertake painful risks to reach peace with its neighbors.

Our valuable bilateral relationship with Israel needs and deserves constant reinforcement. As the Vice-President said during his recent visit to Israel: "Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to security, none. No space." Steadfast American backing has helped lead to Israeli peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. And American involvement continues to be critical to the effort to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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.


Majority Leader

Republican Whip

Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ranking Republican Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs

Chairman, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia

Ranking Republican Member, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia


Ami Isseroff

April, 1 2010

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