Thursday, July 10, 2014

What can I do?

People ask what they can do to help Israel. 1. Send out talking points to everyone on your lists. 2. If in USA, CALL or EMAIL your Senator/Congressman Call (202) 225-3121 Senate and House members can be reached through the Capitol switchboard E-mail your Senator E-mail your House member Find your Member of NOTE: notable development (reported here) in Hamas’s war against Israel: “Yesterday Hamas launched – and then bragged about launching – three long-range M75 rockets targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in the city Dimona. Iron Dome had to knock one of the rockets out of the sky; the other two landed in open areas.” Omri comments: “A terrorist attack against a nuclear reactor is straightforwardly defined as nuclear terrorism by the UN’s 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. This isn’t a close, debatable interpretation. It’s part of the black-letter definition at the very top of the convention[.]” Hamas is likely to try again; if they succeed, writes Omri, they will have pulled off against an Israeli city what the UN considers to be an act of nuclear terrorism: “The Israeli reaction to an unconventional terror attack is impossible to completely foresee, but it’s safe to say that Israel’s missile defense system prevented a catastrophe yesterday.” Now what might a “reasonable” response look like? Congressional action on these resolutions possible as early as tomorrow. As Hamas continues to target Israeli civilians, it is critical for the United States to reaffirm its support for its ally Israel, including its right to live in peace and to defend itself. Senate and House members are circulating resolutions supporting Israel's right to self-defense in response to the barrage of rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. The resolution also calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel. The House resolution (H.Res.657) is spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK). The lead sponsors for the Senate resolution (S.Res.498) are Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Charles Schumer (D-NY). Sample Phone Script: "I am calling the Senator/Representative to urge him/her to cosponsor and vote for the resolution defending Israel's right to self-defense and condemning the unprovoked rocket attacks against innocent Israeli civilians." Background More than 11,000 rockets have been fired into Israel since the Jewish state unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005. After enduring more than 500 rocket attacks from Gaza in the past two weeks, Israel has launched Operation Protective Edge to defend its citizens. Israel made multiple efforts to defuse the situation with Hamas, but was rebuffed repeatedly. Hamas is intent on killing, maiming, and terrorizing innocent Israeli civilians wherever they live or work. Hamas has targeted Israelis in numerous cities, including the major population centers of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, putting the majority of Israelis at risk. Talking Points The United States must stand with Israel as it takes steps to defend its people. Israel made every effort to avoid hostilities, but Hamas’ aggression left it with no choice but to respond. The deliberate targeting of innocents by Hamas is an unacceptable act of terror that no country can tolerate. Hamas has approximately 10,000 rockets and the majority of Israelis live within rocket range. Virtually all of Israel is now under attack by Hamas, with over 100 rockets falling daily now.

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