Earlier today, I asked you to contact your House member and ask him/her to oppose H. Res. 11, a resolution set to be voted on tomorrow (January 5th), objecting to recent action taken in the UN Security Council regarding settlements. Now, the Senate is poised to pass a similar resolution, just introduced by Senators Rubio (R-FL) and Cardin (D-MD) – and it is critical your senators hear from you on this today.
Like its House companion, the Rubio-Cardin resolution misrepresents the action taken in the Security Council. It mischaracterizes longstanding U.S. policy both in the Security Council and vis-à-vis settlements. And it misleadingly portrays President Obama’s abstention in the Security Council as a betrayal of Israel and harmful to peace efforts.
While this resolution purports to be about defending Israel and supporting peace, it is really about quashing legitimate criticism of Israeli actions and changing longstanding U.S. policy to support settlements.
Your Senators need to know this resolution, and the positions it embraces, is not pro-Israel. Rather, it is bad for Israel and bad for the United States. Your Senators need to hear from you TODAY!
Director, Policy & Government Relations
Americans for Peace Now
PS: Among other things, the Rubio-Cardin resolution is premised on the false/mistaken argument that the U.S. has had a longstanding policy of preventing passage of resolutions in the Security Council critical of Israel. The truth is that the opposite is true: every U.S. president since 1967 has abstained on or voted in favor of multiple resolutions critical of Israel, including resolutions to which Israel strenuously objected, when those resolutions were consistent with U.S. policy. You can review for yourself the history of U.S. votes on such resolutions, and you can also read my analysis of the data, published in the New York Times earlier this year.
Write to your
Call your Senators:
Time is short and your Senators need to hear from you TODAY. If you don’t know who your Senators are, you can look them up here. Then call the US Capitol switchboard – (202) 224-3121- and ask to be connected to each of your Senator’s offices. Tell the person who answers the phone in each office:
- I am a constituent.
- I care about Israel and Israeli-Palestinian peace, and that is why I want Senator XXX to vote NO on the Rubio-Cardin resolution.
- This resolution is supposed to be about defending Israel and supporting peace.
- It is really about quashing legitimate criticism of Israeli actions and changing longstanding U.S. policy to support settlements.
- Supporting self-destructive Israeli policies is not pro-Israel
I urge Senator XXX to take the pro-Israel action and vote no on the Rubio-Cardin resolution.