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Legislative Round-Up: June 24, 2022

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived.

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1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Hearings
3. On the Record

FMEP Events:

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(FY23 STATE & FOREIGN OPS APPROPS BILL – HOUSE) HR XXXX: On 6/22/22, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations marked up (video) and approved the initial House draft of the FY23 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. This is the annual bill that includes funding for countries in the Middle East, including $3.3 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel, as well as far-reaching provisions related to the Palestinians. As always, much of the detail of the funding/provisions is not in the bill itself, but is in the Subcommittee’s Report that will accompany the bill, laying out the committee’s intent. That Report is expected to be published next week, so look for my detailed analysis of the Middle East provisions of this legislation in the next Round-Up. In the meantime:

  • One scoop-let from the bill text itself: The bill includes a new waiver provision (Sec. 7071) that would (conditionally & temporarily) enable the US to re-join UNESCO. “Conditionally” because the waiver requires that the Palestinians are not permitted to join any other UN bodies; “temporarily” because the waiver automatically expires on 9/30/25 unless extended by Congress. The text of that waiver reads: SEC . 7071. The President may waive section 414 of Public Law 101–246 and section 410 of Public Law 103–236 with respect to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization if the President determines and reports in writing to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the appropriate congressional committees that to do so would enable the United States to counter Chinese influence or to promote other national interests of the United States: Provided, That the authority of this section shall cease to have effect if, after enactment of this Act, the Palestinians obtain the same standing as member states or full membership as a state in the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof outside an agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians: Provided further, That the authority of this section shall sunset on September 30, 2025, unless extended in a subsequent Act of Congress.
  • The bill also appears to move some perennial provisions (including provisions related to the UNHRC and UNRWA) out of bill text and (reportedly) into the Report.

(FY23 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL – HOUSE) HR 7900: On 6/22 the House Armed Services Committee held a marathon 16-hour markup of the FY23 Defense Authorization bill (part 1 video, part 2 video) – with many, many amendments offered, and many amendment adopted — at the end of which the Committee passed the bill by a vote of 57-1. HR 7900 now moves to the floor for consideration, in what will be, as always, an amendments-free-for-all (or as I like to call it, an “amendments-palooza). Stay tuned for full analysis of the base bill/report (which are not yet public) and full coverage of the amendments madness (bring popcorn!) in an upcoming edition of the Round-Up. Also see:

  • With respect to Israel and the Middle East, the key amendment adopted by the Committee was offered by Panetta (D-CA), who succeeded in getting the DEFEND Act [aiming to establish an integrated regional defense “architecture” that includes Israel and is aimed at Iran)l added to the bill , as part of an en bloc package of amendments. NOTE: (1) Panetta’s version of the DEFEND Act is similar but not identical to HR 7987 & S. 4366, (covered previously in the Round-Up). (2) As noted in last week’s Round-Up, the DEFENSE Act was also reportedly added to the Senate version of the FY23 NDAA – but that text has not yet been made public.
  • From Murphy (D-FL) press release – “The bill also includes the following Murphy-led provisions…Requires the Department of Defense to prepare a report on the current capabilities of Iran-backed terrorist organizations and on the impact that easing economic sanctions on Iran would have on the capabilities of those organizations. This measure was drawn from a bill that Murphy authored with Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-TX).
  • From Jewish Insider: “At the House Armed Services Committee’s Wednesday markup of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, the committee approved amendments supporting joint U.S.-Israel post-traumatic stress disorder research, joint military exercises between Israel and U.S. allies and a joint Middle East air- and missile-defense architecture. Other approved amendments require the Defense Department to provide further information to Congress on Chinese links to and support for Iran; Iranian attacks on American personnel; the state of Iran’s nuclear and missile programs; Iranian air and missile threats; U.S. counter-drone capabilities in the Middle East; and the progress of the U.S.-Israel Operations-Technology Working Group, authorized in last year’s NDAA. The proposed bill also mandates an annual public DoD report on Iranian military capabilities. Some lawmakers, including those affiliated with the Republican Study Committee, are planning to introduce additional Iran-related amendments when the NDAA comes to the House floor in the coming weeks, an individual familiar with the situation told JI.”

LETTERS

(DON’T DOWNGRADE PENTAGON ENGAGEMENT WITH PALESTINIANS) Meng-Waltz letter to SecDef: On 6/23/22, Reps. Meng (D-NY) and Waltz (R-FL) led a letter, co-signed by 55 House colleagues, to SecDef Austin urging the Biden Administration to not downgrade the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Jerusalem below the current level of an officer of 3-star rank, notwithstanding the “Congressionally-mandated requirement to reduce the number of active duty General Flag Officers by 2023.” This letter comes on the heels of two Senate letters on the same topic last week, an Ossoff-Graham et al letter to SecDef and a Lankford letter to SecDef (both covered in last week’s Round-Up).  Also see: House lawmakers urge administration not to downgrade Israeli-Palestinian security coordinator (Jewish Insider 6/24/22)

(FBI/STATE MUST INVESTIGATE KILLING OF PAL-AMERICAN JOURNALIST) Van Hollen et al letter to Biden: On 6/23/22, Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led a letter, co-signed by 23 Senate colleagues (all Democrats), calling for the U.S. to be “directly involved in investigating Ms. Abu Akleh’s death.”  The letter notes: “It has now been over a month since American citizen and journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot to death while reporting on an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin. Since that time, there has been no significant progress toward the establishment of an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into her killing. We believe that, as a leader in the effort to protect the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists, and given the fact that Ms. Abu Akleh was an American citizen, the U.S. government has an obligation to ensure that a comprehensive, impartial, and open investigation into her shooting death is conducted — one in which all parties can have full confidence in the ultimate findings.  It is clear that neither of the parties on the ground trust the other to conduct a credible and independent investigation. Therefore, at this point, we believe the only way to achieve that goal is for the United States to be directly involved in investigating Ms. Abu Akleh’s death. Last month, 57 members of the House of Representatives requested that the State Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launch an independent investigation under U.S auspices to determine the truth. We join in that request, which has been made even more urgent by the new information that has emerged in recent weeks.” Also see:

(NO UPGRADING PALESTINIAN UNIT IN JERUSALEM) Hagerty/Zeldin-led joint statement to Biden Admin: On 6/23/22, Rep. Zeldin (R-NY) and Sen. Hagerty (R-TN) led a bicameral statement – signed on to by a total of 80 House and Senate members (all Republicans) “Calling on Biden Administration to Reverse its Plan to Circumvent U.S. Law and Create an Unofficial U.S. Consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem.” The statement accuses the Biden Administration of opening “what amounts to be a separate U.S. diplomatic office to the Palestinians in Israel’s capital. It argues that doing so “is wholly inconsistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 that Congress passed into law and has repeatedly reaffirmed with overwhelming bipartisan support over the years” and that it “undermines our nation’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and signals support for dividing Jerusalem. The letter goes on to directly threaten the Biden Administration: “As sponsors of the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 to withhold funding for a U.S. consulate to the Palestinians in Israel’s capital, we unequivocally oppose the Biden Administration’s decision and will use every tool at our disposal to stop it in the 117th Congress and afterwards.” Also see:

(SUPPORTING “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST” – AKA, LET’S DO MORE TO STRENGTHEN THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS) Rosen et al letter to Blinken: On 6/22, Sens. Rosen (D-NV), Ernst (R-IA), and Booker (D-NJ), sent a letter to SecState Blinken “to express support for the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Jordan’s Prosperity Green and Prosperity Blue projects, and to seek an update from you on their progress. This two-pronged initiative is a crucial first step in support of both newfound regional partnerships and a future of sustainable development in the Middle East.”  The letter goes on to state: This project is an opportunity for all countries involved to bolster the use of innovative energy technologies and to counter water scarcity in the region. It will also foster economic, diplomatic, and technological coordination between the three countries, building on the Abraham Accords and the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.” Also see: Rosen press release.

(FED LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST INVESTIGATE “MAPPING” PROJECT) Gottheimer/Bacon-led letter to FBI & Depts of Justice & Homeland Security: On 6/21/22, Reps. Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Bacon (R-NE) led a letter, signed by a total of 37 House members (bipartisan) to Attorney General Garland, Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and FBI Director Wray. The letter states: “As you are no doubt aware, on June 3, 2022 an Eastern Massachusetts organization associated with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement published the Mapping Project. We fear that this map may be used as a roadmap for violent attacks by supporters of the BDS movement against the people and entities listed therein. We ask that you investigate the use of the Mapping Project by extremist organizations, provide any necessary enhanced security for targets listed in the Project, and work with social media companies and internet service providers to prevent its further distribution…We ask that you work with state and local law enforcement to apprehend any FTOs, HVEs, or DVEs that you determine are planning to use this map as a roadmap to domestic terror or violence. Notably, with respect to the claim that the project is “associated with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement“, see:Palestinian BDS National Committee Has No Connection To and Does Not Endorse The Mapping Project (BDS National Committee 6/22/22); The Mapping Project is not antisemitic but it is destructive activism (Mondoweiss 6/21/22). Also see:

 

2. Hearings

June 22, 2022: The House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism held a hearing entitled, Examining the U.S. Interest in Regional Security Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Objectives.” Witnesses were: Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf (statement); and Acting Assistant USAID Administrator for the Middle East Andrew Plitt (statement). Also see:

  • Hearing video
  • Q&A highlights: A/S/ Leaf did an extraordinarily weak job explaining (let alone defending) the Biden Administration’s support for Palestinians and for UNRWA (and that is putting it very, very kindly). See for yourself — watch her exchange with Mast (R-FL) starting at 56:00, and see her exchange with Sherman (D-CA) starting at 59:30.
  • Notable quote: If a critic of Israel dares to suggest that even $1 in Israel aid might be better spent on U.S. needs at home, they are labeled an antisemite. If a GOP hardliner says basically the same thing, but in the context of criticizing Israel-supported $ for Palestinians? Crickets, as witnessed in this hearing from Mast (R-FL), who among other things told Leaf: “Israelis can want us to send money to Palestinians all they want, but that doesn’t mean we have to and that money wouldn’t be better spent on our border ” [this comes on the heels of Roy (R-TX) saying the US golfers who participated in a Saudi-sponsored league  sold “their professional soul to a Saudi Arabian league for their shekels” and “they stab the tour in the back to go chase their 30 shekels“. Response to that from the self-appointment antisemitic trope police? Crickets.
  • Media: Leaf hints at Abraham Accords expansion surrounding Biden’s Israel, Saudi Arabia trip (Jewish Insider 6/23/22); US official hints at progress between Israel and Arab states during Biden trip (Middle East Eye 6/22/22)

 

3. On the Record

Media – General

Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) 6/22/22: Congress should reclaim its say on Iran policy   

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) 6/21/22: Congress Should Help End UN’s Latest Anti-Israel Waste of Funds

Jerusalem Post 6/20/22: 32 senators urge the Biden admin. not to downgrade USSC for Israel, PA

The Hill 6/19/22: Lawmakers say new Iran nuclear deal unlikely

 

Media & Members – Elections

General

Twitter thread from NYT’s Shane Goldmacher 6/20/22: “NEW: Republican billionaires Paul Singer and Bernie Marcus each gave $1 million to the United Democracy Project in May as the new AIPAC-affiliated super PAC has intervened in Democratic primaries in NC, PA, TX, MD, and CA. This is per new monthly UDP filing with the FEC.” Also see: FEC data on UDP funding.

Jewish Insider 6/20/22: A Jewish Coloradan hopes to beat Boebert in November

Jewish Insider 6/20/22: Lawmakers urge Defense Department against downgrading Israel-Palestinian security post

Jewish News Syndicate 6/19/22: Congress must defund the UN’s poisoned Pillay report

Maryland

Anti-Israel votes haunt ex-Rep. Donna Edwards in Democratic primary comeback bid (Washington Examiner 6/20/22)

Nancy Pelosi Rebukes AIPAC Ads Against Donna Edwards (The Intercept 6/17/22)

Donna Edwards gets help from Pelosi to swat at attack ad tied to AIPAC (Washington Post 6/17/22)

J Street Calls on Glenn Ivey to Reject Misleading Ads from Republican-aligned Group (J Street 6/17/22)

Pelosi (D-CA-12) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @JoelMartinRubin – “These ads attacking @DonnaFEdwards are not just offensive but also ignorant of her views. Middle East peace advocates are not threats to Israel. They are allies. True friends of Israel know that peace is in Israel’s national security interest. @TeamPelosi Link to quoted tweet

Michigan

The New Arab 6/21/22: Democratic PAC seeks to unseat Rashida Tlaib

Illinois

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/18/2022: Retweet of @rk70534 – “@dylanotes @PointsNorthe One has to wonder sometimes if some orgs like AIPAC and Democratic Majority for Israel are not (only) attacking progressives for criticizing Israel, but are using Israel-issue to attack progressives while motivated (also) by opposition to domestic policies. Which is the fig leaf?”

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/18/2022: Retweet of @rpyers – “Mainstream Democrats, an independent expenditure committee that spent to boost Henry Cuellar and Kurt Schrader and to oppose Nina Turner, got $500,000 each from Democratic Majority For Israel and from Democratic megadonor Deborah Simon last month Link to image   Link to quoted tweet

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/19/2022: Tweet – “Their partner, dark money Super PAC, DMFI is dead set on tearing down progressives- the 6th progressive they have spent millions on and the third woman of color. If you have to manufacture lies and likely much worse to tear down a progressive, perhaps some reflection is due Link to quoted tweet

Texas

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “@JCisnerosTX You are amazing and have a huge future ahead of you! Dark money super PACs, like DMFI and UDP will not win in the future. Sunshine is the best disinfectant!Thank you for a heroic and outstanding run. We will see more of you I’m sure! Link to quoted tweet

New York

The Forward 6/22/22: The Jewish case for reelecting Jerry Nadler has little to do with him

The New York Times 6/22/22: Could New York City Lose Its Last Remaining Jewish Congressman?

Wisconsin

Jewish Insider 6/24/22: Mandela Barnes clarifies views on aid to Israel in JDCA Senate candidate forum

Members on the Record

Israel – Palestine

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/24/2022: Retweet of @orlyusa – “He is coming to Israel with AIPAC give him respect. Israel is honored to welcome one of the greatest US Veterans and outstanding Congressman. Link to quoted tweet

Bennet (D-CO) 06/23/2022: Twitter thread – “The death of the American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is tragic and reprehensible. Freedom of the press demands safety for the press and journalists who put their lives at risk to report dangerous stories. I urge the Biden Administration to devote the full resources of our government to ensure a thorough investigation to uncover the circumstances of Ms. Akleh’s death and provide answers that her family, and the American people, deserve.

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 06/23/2022: Twitter thread – “This is how we do our job to protect ALL Americans. CNN and NYT have confirmed Shireen was killed by the IDF. Now let’s see if @POTUS will investigate the killing of an American and a journalist. Link to quoted tweet What @POTUS said at WHCD: “We honor journalists killed, missing, imprisoned, detained, and tortured; covering war, exposing corruption, and holding leaders accountable. The free press is not the enemy of the people — far from it.  At your best, you’re guardians of the truth.”

Ossoff (D-GA) 06/23/2022: Press release – READOUT: Sen. Ossoff Call with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh [“…Sen. Ossoff also raised the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, an American journalist shot to death while reporting in the West Bank last month. Sen. Ossoff requested information regarding the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to investigate Ms. Akleh’s death and reiterated his desire that all parties ensure a full, transparent, and unbiased investigation is completed.”]

Cicilline (D-RI-1) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “The Mapping Project is blatant, and dangerous, antisemitism – placing a target on Jewish organizations at a time when antisemitism is at an all time high. This map needs to be taken down. ‘A Jewish hit list’: Antisemitic mapping project seen as incitement to violence in Massachusetts – The Boston Globe

Ernst (R-IA) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “@jinsadc shares our vision of developing a strong partnership in the Middle East. I appreciate their support for the DEFEND Act! Link to image

Ernst (R-IA) 06/22/2022: Tweet – “TODAY I’m going LIVE on Instagram with @rolltidebmz from @CUFI Action to discuss Israel & the future of peace in the Middle East. Be sure to tune in! Link to image”. Also – Ernst (R-IA) 06/22/2022: Tweet – “HAPPENING NOW — Tune in! Link to quoted tweet

Pocan (D-WI-2) 06/21/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@JoshuaShemtov @CoriBush @AOC @RepRashida @repmarkpocan Sorry Joshie. I’m not an ally. (Stands with husband) Human rights are human rights, including Palestinians.”

Pocan (D-WI-2) 06/22/2022: In reply to Tweet“@JoshuaShemtov @VictoryFund Saying you can be for both. Sorry if you choose to ignore other human rights. Link to reply @JoshuaShemtov @VictoryFund Raised it as recent as earlier this month in a news article. But facts sometimes get in the way of a good story, right? Link to reply @JoshuaShemtov @VictoryFund @StateDeptSpox Just uninformed criticism is, well, uninformed. Link to reply @JoshuaShemtov @VictoryFund @StateDeptSpox Agree. And let’s hope for marriage equality in Israel as well.”

Rosen (D-NV) 06/22/2022: Tweet – “I recently joined my colleagues in a bipartisan push to protect a key U.S. military and diplomatic post based in Jerusalem. A downgrade to this post would weaken U.S.-led efforts to maintain security and stability in Israel and the West Bank. 32 senators urge the Biden admin. not to downgrade USSC for Israel, PA… | jpost.com

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/21/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@IDF Thus the U.S.’s continued support for our great ally & friend, Israel. And thanks to the IDF for it’s incredible strength, determination, bravery & perseverance!”

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) 06/20/2022: Retweet of @nytimes – “A New York Times investigation found that the bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American journalist, was fired from the approximate location of an Israeli military convoy — most likely by a soldier from an elite unit. The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy… | nyti.ms

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/20/2022: Tweet – “Since the @StateDept won’t do their own independent investigation. American media has, from the Associated Press, CNN, The Washington Post, and now The NYTimes, and they concluded that Israel is responsible for the death of journalist. @ABlinken how does Shireen get justice? Link to quoted tweet

Castro (D-TX-20) 06/20/2022: Retweet of @trbrtc – “The bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh came from the approx. position of an Israel military vehicle — most likely fired by a soldier from an elite unit. It was one of 16 bullets fired into the direction of 5 clearly marked journalists. Our investigation: The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy… | nytimes.com

Kustoff (R-TN-8) 06/19/2022: Tweet – “Thanks to @AIPAC National Council Members Jason Reitberger & Larry Hyatt, as well as AIPAC SE Political Director Darren Kendall, for visiting with me. We discussed how the U.S. must continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our greatest friend & ally in the Middle East, Israel. Link to image

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/20/2022: “@IDF Nice work!” [replying to @IDF Tweet –  – “As part of our efforts to target Hamas strongholds in Judea and Samaria, we apprehended 4 Hamas terrorist suspects in Hebron last night. In addition, during counterterrorism activity in the Qalandiya Camp, these 2 illegal weapons and grenades were confiscated”]

Kennedy (R-LA) 6/20/22: press release – Kennedy, bipartisan group call for ongoing U.S. leadership in Israel and West Bank

Cortez Masto (D-NV) 06/18/2022: Tweet – “Proud to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues urging @SecDef to uphold our commitment to peace and stability in Israel and the West Bank. Link to quoted tweet

Meng (D-NY-6) 06/18/2022: Tweet – “The BDS movement’s “mapping project” is a hateful effort to target Jews and Jewish institutions, and must be met with the strongest condemnation. There is no excuse for trafficking in such antisemitic rhetoric. BDS map ties police, media to Boston Jewish, ‘Zionist’ institutions… | bit.ly

Moulton (D-MA-6) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “Thank you to @AmbHerzog for the visit and the productive discussion! Link to quoted tweet

Ossoff (D-GA) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “Sen. @ossoff is leading a bipartisan push by over 30 Senators to sustain high-level U.S. engagement for peace and stability in Israel and the West Bank. Sens. Ossoff & Graham Lead Bipartisan Push to Sustain High-Level U.S. Engagement for Peace and Stability in Israel & the West – U.S. Senator for Georgia Jon Ossoff

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @IDF – “For civilians in Israel, air-raid sirens mean that terrorists have fired a deadly rocket toward them. Over 100,000 people in the city of Ashkelon heard this siren tonight. They had just 30 seconds to run for safety. We will defend them.”

 

Syria

Inhofe (R-OK) 06/24/2022: Tweet – “NEWS: @SASCGOP Ranking Member @JimInhofe condemns the reported release of Guantanamo Bay detainee Assadullah Haroon Gul to the Taliban. Read his statement here U.S. Senator for Oklahoma… | inhofe.senate.gov

Risch (R-ID) 06/23/2022: Tweet – “As we see in #Ukraine, #Ethiopia, and #Syria, conflict is a major driver of #foodinsecurity. Our resolution condemns the use of hunger as a weapon of war and calls upon the U.S. gov’t and our partners to respond quickly and hold perpetrators accountable. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Starvation as a Weapon of War | United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Risch (R-ID) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “I’m disappointed in #Bahrain’s decision to upgrade its diplomatic presence in #Syria. Any effort to normalize relations with the murderous dictator Bashar al-#Assad and bring him back into the international fold will have consequences. #Caesar Syrian leader receives credentials from Bahrain ambassador… | apnews.com

Menendez (D-NJ) 06/20/2022: Tweet – “This #WorldRefugeeDay we recognize the wrenching struggle of the more than 100m people fleeing conflict, persecution, & torture worldwide. In their brave pursuit of protection & freedom, refugees, asylum seekers & displaced persons deserve nothing less than our full support. Link to quoted tweet

 

Iran

Newhouse (R-WA-4) 06/23/2022: Twitter thread – “China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are not our allies, and it is imperative that we do not allow these adversaries to gain a foothold on American soil. Today I introduced an amendment to prohibit these countries from purchasing U.S. agricultural land. Rep. Newhouse Introduces Amendment to Block Foreign Adversaries from Purchasing U.S. Farmland… | youtu.be Ensuring our adversaries cannot control our domestic agriculture and food supply is a matter of national security, and I’m pleased to report that this amendment was unanimously accepted. Read more Newhouse Protects U.S. Food Supply From Foreign Adversaries… | newhouse.house.gov

Wicker (R-MS) 06/23/2022: Tweet – “It should be no surprise that Iran has taken to harassing American ships on the high seas as it sprints toward procuring a nuclear weapon. Their dangerous and provocative actions should not be rewarded. U.S., Iran in tense sea encounter; Tehran prepares enrichment escalation | nbcnews.com

Long (R-MO-7) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “@JoeBiden will rival the success of his #AfghanistanWithdraw with his #NuclearDeal with #Iran. He continues to negotiate a deal despite @iaeaorg reports that show uranium traces at sites Iran did not disclose. Iran currently enriches uranium at 60% (90% is required for a weapon).

Long (R-MO-7) 06/21/2022: Retweet of @BreitbartNews – “A U.S. Navy warship fired a warning flare to repel an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat during a tense encounter in the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. Navy Warship Clashes with Iran Speedboats in Strait of Hormuz | trib.al

Reschenthaler (R-PA-14) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “Mean tweets > Terrorists with a nuke Iran Escalates Enrichment At Underground Nuclear Facility, Now Has Enough Material For Weapon: Reports | The Daily Wire

Long (R-MO-7) 06/21/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “Iran claims it arrested an espionage cell working for the Mossad and was under surveillance for 8 months in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. I think it’s an Iranian attempt to improve the regime’s image since the assassinations were happening under their nose.

Blackburn (R-TN) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “New documents show the U.S. Army is teaching West Point cadets CRT and addressing “whiteness.” Indoctrinating our military distracts from making certain we can effectively combat Communist China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran.”

Waltz (R-FL-6) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “It’s unAmerican to abandon our allies in the face of terror. But that’s what Biden did. Now, ISIS & al-Qaeda fully intend to attack us AND Putin, Xi, & Iran are on the march. Our country is in danger. Watch my interview with @GovMikeHuckabee for more 2-Step Plan: FIRE Pelosi & INVESTIGATE Biden! | Fmr Green Beret Rep. Mike Waltz | Huckabee – YouTube

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “My heart goes out to the people of Iran, who are bravely protesting against a regime that holds no regard for it’s own people. In the last month of nationwide protests, more Iranians have been executed than any month in the last 5 years. Iran rounds up teachers as protests gain momentum… | bit.ly

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “At a time when our nation faces threats from Russia, China and Iran and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin & the Defense Intelligence Agency have warned al-Qaeda is re-emerging, this administration continues to play games with our national security. Border Patrol nabs 15 people on terror watch list in record-breaking…… | nypost.com

 

Saudi Arabia (energy policy)

Mullin (R-OK-2) 06/22/2022: Tweet – “President Biden is traveling to Saudi Arabia next month to beg our adversaries for more oil, but won’t sit down with our domestic producers at the White House tomorrow. @POTUS continues to prioritize his Green New Deal agenda over the American people.”

Nehls (R-TX-22) 06/22/2022: Tweet – “All of America’s energy needs can be filled right here at home. So why is Biden turning to Venezuela and Saudi Arabia?”

Stewart (R-UT-2) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia makes strategic and economic sense. But it would be a lot less embarrassing if he had been more realistic about the world from day one. He needs to stop bowing to the far left and start appreciating the geopolitical need for Arab partners. Link to video

Stewart (R-UT-2) 06/22/2022: Tweet – “American oil is cleaner. More reliable. And more affordable. Saudi Arabia is a key partner in the Middle East. But there’s no reason to go hat in hand begging for energy that we have right here at home. Link to video

LaTurner (R-KS-2) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “President Biden is begging Saudi Arabia to produce more oil instead of turning to energy companies right here in America. American energy is cleaner, more reliable, and will bring down costs for Kansans. It’s time to prioritize American energy independence once again.”

Waltz (R-FL-6) 06/20/2022: Tweet – “President Biden has boxed himself in with his asinine energy policy. Now, he has to go to Saudi Arabia to get them to pump more oil & gas. All he has to do is take on the Progressives back at home and start pumping cleaner American oil and gas! My take Link to video

Waltz (R-FL-6) 06/20/2022: Retweet of @FoxNews – “Biden would rather beg Saudis to pump more oil than take on progressives: @michaelgwaltz Biden would rather beg Saudis to pump more oil than take on progressives: GOP congressman… | fxn.ws

Cruz (R-TX) 06/17/2022: Tweet – Link to quoted tweet – “No. The truth: 1. President Biden came into office calling MBS a ‘pariah.’ 2. MBS didn’t like this. 3. Biden suffered domestic political pain driven, in part, by energy inflation. 4. Biden officials privately sucked up to MBS & the president changed his tune.”

Duncan (R-SC-3) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @GOPLeader – “A 12-hour, non-stop international flight. That’s how far President Biden would rather travel to plead for Saudi Arabian oil rather than simply issue more drilling permits to producers here at home. American oil is cleaner. More reliable. And more affordable. Put America FIRST!

Fallon (R-TX-4) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “Instead of unleashing American energy DOMINANCE — Joe Biden is going to Saudi Arabia to beg them to produce more oil.”

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “Despite Biden’s insult that Saudi Arabia has “very little social redeeming value,” I believe it can be a very critical partner in the Middle East. Yesterday, I questioned Biden’s nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia on the Admin’s policy ahead of Biden’s planned visit. Link to video

Roy (R-TX-21) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @dcexaminer – “Texas @RepChipRoy slammed PGA Tour defectors who have decided to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, arguing the players are “basically whores and has-beens.” ‘Whores and has-beens’: GOP Rep. Chip Roy blasts golfers in Saudi-backed event… | washex.am

Smith (R-NE-3) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @GOPLeader – “A 12-hour, non-stop international flight. That’s how far President Biden would rather travel to plead for Saudi Arabian oil rather than simply issue more drilling permits to producers here at home. American oil is cleaner. More reliable. And more affordable. Put America FIRST!

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @GOPLeader – “A 12-hour, non-stop international flight. That’s how far President Biden would rather travel to plead for Saudi Arabian oil rather than simply issue more drilling permits to producers here at home. American oil is cleaner. More reliable. And more affordable. Put America FIRST!”

 

Saudi Arabia (Yemen, human rights, etc)

Mace (R-SC-1) 06/22/2022: Retweet of @NicholsUprising – “SC Republican @NancyMace has emerged as a key congressional supporter of invoking the 1973 War Powers Resolution to demand that the Biden administration end US military participation in the Yemen war. Mace is working across lines of partisanship and ideology to end an awful war.”

DeFazio (D-OR-4) 06/21/2022: Tweet – “My colleague @RepJayapal and I issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia: Link to image

Jayapal (D-WA-7) 06/21/2022: Retweet of @RepPeterDeFazio – “My colleague @RepJayapal and I issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia: Link to image

Khanna (D-CA-17) 06/21/2022: Twitter thread – “This report from the GAO—which I secured in the FY21 NDAA—underscores that DoD and State Department have failed to properly track civilian deaths in the Yemen war. Link to PDF | gao.gov It’s more urgent than ever for a reset in our relationship with the Saudi dictatorship orchestrating so much of this carnage. Thanks to @FCNL’s @HassanElTayyab + prev & current experts @WinWithoutWar incl @KateKizer @enfein @epeikenberry & @HASCDemocrats @HouseForeign for their work getting the most comprehensive official public report to date on the Yemen war and U.S. military support to the Saudis.”

Waltz (R-FL-6) 06/20/2022: Tweet – “It’s pretty ironic to hear the Left upset about Biden meeting with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Meanwhile, we’ve heard no outrage over the Biden Admin meeting with members of the #CCP who are actively committing genocide. Link to video

Khanna (D-CA-17) 06/18/2022: Tweet – “Let’s be clear, it’s not just that MBS hacked and killed a US-based journalist. MBS has been responsible for the bombing of thousands of civilians in Yemen: one of the greatest humanitarian crises in the world. Link to video

Greene (R-GA-14) 06/17/2022: Twitter thread – “If we really care about the 1st Amendment then we should care about Julian Assange. Freedom of Press is the protection of the ability to expose the truth and publish it. This should always be protected and this freedom should always be handled with the most respect. 1/3 Link to quoted tweet If they are upset over the Khashoggi killing then they should be upset over Julian Assange. Is the American press afraid to speak out against the U.S. extradition of Julian Assange? Is it because it’s not another government prosecution or attack on a journalist but yet our own? Link to quoted tweet The ruling regime in America persecutes their enemies in order to strike fear in anyone who dares to expose the corruption and stand up against it. What happens when everyone becomes too afraid to tell the truth & publish it? Silence will protect evil. Julian Assange’s extradition to US approved by UK government… | amp.cnn.com

Jayapal (D-WA-7) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @USProgressives – “NEW from @RepJayapal, @RepPeterDeFazio: “We share the concerns of congressional colleagues who’ve expressed grave misgivings regarding the President’s planned meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman & a ‘reset’…after promising to treat the regime as a ‘pariah.'” More  Link to image

Khanna (D-CA-17) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “Let’s be clear: The US can ground the Saudi air force to a halt if we stop providing them with spare parts for their planes. We have an enormous amount of leverage and they should know that. ‘Nobody Wants to See This War End’… | politico.com

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/17/2022: Twitter thread – “We’ve had a busy week! Here’s a roundup …Co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution to invoke constitutional war powers to end US military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen…

Pelosi (D-CA-12) 06/17/2022: Twitter thread – “Honored to meet with my constituent @AreejASadhan, whose brother Abdulrahman Al Sadhan was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Saudi Arabian for anonymous, satirical tweets. His family has been denied contact and fear he has been tortured. Link to image Congress will continue to shine a light on his case and advocate for freedom of expression and for human rights in Saudi Arabia and around the world.

 

Turkey

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 06/23/2022: Tweet – “Nicole was happy to join @EnesFreedom & @nccadvocacy this afternoon to discuss steps Congress can take to support freedom and human rights in oppressive nations like Turkey, Cuba, China. Link to image

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 06/23/2022: Tweet – “So nice to have our friend @EnesFreedom in Washington today as he continues to be a champion for the oppressed around the world and an outspoken critic of human rights violators such as Cuba, China & Turkey. Link to image

Cramer (R-ND) 06/22/2022: Tweet – “It was great to see Turkish-American NBA star and freedom advocate @EnesFreedom. We continued our many conversations about the beauty of freedom! I look forward to working with you to stand up for human rights. Link to image

Pallone (D-NJ-6) 06/20/2022: Tweet – “Turkey needs to drop its opposition to Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids. Their entry has broad support across the alliance and is only being held up by Erdogan’s unrealistic demands. Link to quoted tweet

Warner (D-VA) 06/18/2022: Tweet – “Honored to spend the weekend abroad talking with international leaders as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. Our allies in Europe are more important now than ever, and I’m working to further strengthen these relationships.” Link to quoted tweet – “An excellent discussion on topics from NATO and Turkey to technology and trade with members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Thank you, Senators @MarkWarner, @SenatorBurr, @RoyBlunt and @AngusforMaine!”

Legislative Round-Up: June 17, 2022

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived.

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1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Hearings
3. On the Record

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(IN THE FY23 NDAA — LEVERAGING ABRAHAM ACCORDS TO PROMOTE REGIONAL ANTI-IRAN “DEFENSE ARCHITECTURE”) S. XXXX: On 6/17/22, Jewish Insider reported: “The National Defense Authorization Act draft finalized by the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday includes the Abraham Accords Caucus’ DEFEND Act [HR 7987 & S. 4366, covered in detail in last week’s Round-Up], which orders the secretary of defense to explore creating an integrated Middle East air- and missile-defense infrastructure that includes Israel and numerous Arab states.” Stay tuned for next week’s Round-Up for full analysis of Israel/Middle East-related elements in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s draft of the FY23 NDAA legislation. Also see:

(TARGETING UN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON ISRAEL) S. 4389 (text): Introduced 6/14 by Scott (R-SC) and Rosen (D-NV) [and no other cosponsors], “the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Elimination Act,” aka, “A bill to provide for the abolition of certain United Nations groups, and for other purposes.” Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. The bill — which is similar but not identical to HR 7223 (introduced in the House back on 3/24/22, and currently having 34 cosponsors — see the 3/25/22 and  4/1/22 editions of the Round-Up for details) would withhold from the US contribution to the UNHRC “25 percent of the amount budgeted for the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel, unless the Secretary of State submits to Congress a certification that the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel has been abolished.” Also see:

  • Scott press release (which among other things notes: “The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) supports this legislation.” Also see: AIPAC tweet
  • Scott (R-SC) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “While brutal dictators commit human rights violations with impunity across the globe, the UN Human Rights Council is unjustly targeting Israel—the Middle East’s only democracy. @SenJackyRosen & I are working to stop the discriminatory UNHRC investigation”
  • Rosen (D-NV) 06/14/2022: Twitter thread – “The @UN_HRC Commission of Inquiry unfairly holds Israel to a standard not imposed on any other country, does nothing to advance the prospects for peace between Israel and Palestinians, and undermines their credibility to investigate human rights violations around the world. We must oppose biased attacks against Israel, which is why @SenatorTimScott and I are introducing a bipartisan bill to make it U.S. policy to work to abolish this one-sided Commission.
  • NOTE: Jewish Insider published a piece 6/15/22 putting the spotlight on HR 7223 (suggesting that the bill is picking up steam in terms of support and noting that AIPAC this week is holding its first in-person National Council meeting in Washington since the start of the pandemic.  JI reported: “AIPAC-affiliated activists are on Capitol Hill this week to lobby more than 300 congressional offices on several measures, including the COI Elimination Act, an individual familiar with the matter told JI.”
  • Notably, as of this writing (at 2:25pm on 6/17/22) and following days of AIPAC lobbying, HR 7223 has 49 cosponsors – 40 Republicans, 9 Democrats; the Senate version hasn’t yet picked up any cosponsors).
  • Joining AIPAC in pressuring on this issue, FDD had an op-ed in the New York Post 6/14/22: The UN continues Israel-bashing after Biden promised to stop it

(US-ISRAEL DRONE COOPERATION) S. 4397: Introduced 6/14/22 by Lankford (R-OK) and having no cosponsors, the “Strengthening Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations (C-UAS) Partnerships Act.” Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. Per Lankford’s press release, this is legislation to authorize the Secretary of Defense to bolster our work with our allies and increase training capacity in counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) with partners like Israel who also lead in this area.” [Note: this sure looks like something that is being introduced for the purposes of being added to the NDAA].

(TARGETING FOREIGN INFLUENCE) HR 8106: Introduced 6/16/22 by Golden (D-ME), Gosar (R-AZ), Porter (D-CA) and Gooden (R-TX), the “Fighting Foreign Influence Act.” Per the press release summarizing the legislation, this bill would (a) require tax-exempt organizations, including think tanks, to publicly disclose any high-dollar gifts from foreign governments or foreign political parties. It then directs the Treasury Department to publish the total amount of such contributions from each foreign government and each foreign political party”; (b) “impose a lifetime ban on former senior U.S. military officers, presidents, vice presidents, other senior executive branch officials, and members of Congress from ever lobbying for a foreign principal”; and (c) require political campaigns to verify that anyone making an online contribution has a valid US address (using credit cards’ three-digit CVV code) or are otherwise legally eligible to make a campaign contribution. This title would also prohibit foreign agents from fundraising for political campaigns.” The explanation for why this bill is necessary specifically mentions the current drama around alleged illegal lobbying on behalf of Qatar by John Allen (retired 4-star Marine general). Referred to the Committee on House Administration, the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary Committee.  Also see:

(SHUT DOWN USAID – BUT WITH NOD TO ISRAEL) Rand Paul amdt to HR 3967 (text): This week the Senate continued its work on HR 3967, the “Honoring our PACT Act of 2021.” As noted in last week’s Round-Up, this is a bill that (per the official summary) “addresses health care, presumption of service-connection, research, resources, and other matters related to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service.” And again this week, Sen. Paul (R-KY) offered re-upped an amendment to add a provision stating: “During the 10-year period beginning on October 1, 2022, no Federal funds may be expended by the United States Agency for International Development other than funds that have been appropriated for Israel” — this time, seeking to add it to the amendment-in-the-nature-of-a-substitute that in effect was replacing the entire bill. Once again for the record: The government of Israel does not receive any USAID funding. It receives Foreign Military Financing, a small amount of Migration and Refugee Assistance, and additional funds via the Defense Appropriations bill. Yes, there is funding via USAID for “shared society” projects involving Israeli and Palestinians groups, under the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA), but that funding is not appropriated for Israel.” So once again: Paul is giving a nod to support for non-existent Israel aid as cover for an effort to shut down USAID worldwide.

(SOMALILAND VS IRAN) S. 3861: Introduced 3/17/22 by Risch (R-ID) and having 3 cosponsors (including 1 Democrat), the “Somaliland Partnership Act.” Reported out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 6/14/22. Notably, the bill requires a report to Congress assessing (among other things), the extent to which Somaliland could “counter Iran’s presence in the Gulf of Aden and China’s growing regional military presence.”

LETTERS

(DON’T DOWNGRADE PENTAGON ENGAGEMENT WITH PALESTINIANS) Ossoff-Graham et al letter to SecDef: On 6/17/22, Sens. Ossoff (D-GA) and Graham (R-SC) led a letter, co-signed by 28 Senate colleagues (bipartisan), to SecDef Austin. The letter urges that “that the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Jerusalem remain an officer of three-star rank and not be downgraded below that level.” The letter states: “The USSC coordinates multilateral efforts toward peace and stability and serves as a critical liaison between Israeli and PA security forces. Downgrading this position would undermine U.S. leadership and credibility in a region where it is essential to have a high-ranking officer who can engage with other nations’ highest-level military leaders.” Recognizing that such downgrading may be driven by a requirement from Congress to reduce the aggregate number of flag and general officers, the letter also states “we urge you not to downgrade this position at a time when U.S. leadership in the region is critical, and we stand ready to work with you to amend the law as necessary to support this vital policy objective.” Also see:

(DON’T DOWNGRADE PENTAGON ENGAGEMENT WITH PALESTINIANS) Lankford letter to SecDef: On 6/16/22, Sen. Lankford (R-OK) sent a (lengthy) letter to SecDef Austin to voice his “strong support for the ongoing mission of the Office of the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (USSC) in Jerusalem, and to urge that the position continue to be filled by a general and flag officer (GFO).” Lankford also noted: “While I understand the congressionally-mandated requirement to reduce the number of active duty GFOs by 2023 per the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act and appreciate the difficult choices as a result, the USSC is critical to Israeli security, U.S. interests in the Middle East, and stability in the region. I am concerned that downgrading the USSC’s rank will weaken the USSC’s mission and imperil U.S. security interests in the Middle East.” Also see: press release

(MIDDLE EAST ORIGIN IN US CENSUS) Maloney-Tlaib letter to heads of OMB & Census Bureau: On 6/14/22, Rep. Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Tlaib (D-MI), member of that same committee, led a letter – signed by 16 other members of the Oversight Committee (all Democrats) – to Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young, and Director of the US Census Bureau Robert Santos. The letter asks OMB and the Census Bureau to “end the longstanding erasure of a group of our fellow Americans by adding the Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) response category to the decennial census and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) standards for federal data on race and ethnicity. This long-overdue action would reverse a baseless decision by the Trump Administration—which overruled the Census Bureau’s recommendation to add a MENA category—and would ensure that this vibrant American community can receive crucial federal resources and support.” The letter also asks that “inclusion of a MENA category be paired with a commensurate increase in funding for programs serving the needs of communities of color across the country, since members of the Middle Eastern and North African community were previously excluded from these programs.” Also see:

2. Hearings

June 22, 2022: The House Appropriations Committee’s State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee will hold a markup of the FY 2023 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill (aka, SFOPS).

June 22, 2022: The House Foreaign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism will hold a hearing entitled, Examining the U.S. Interest in Regional Security Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Objectives.” Scheduled witnesses (so far) will be: Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf; and Acting Assistant USAID Administrator for the Middle East Andrew Plitt.

June 22, 2022: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a mark-up of the FY23 Defense Authorization bill (HR 7900) (following subcommittee markups June 8-9, 2022).

June 13 & June 16, 2022: The Senate Armed Services Committee held CLOSED mark-ups (Round 1 – subcommittees; Round 2 – full committee) of the FY23 Defense Authorization Bill.

June 16, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to consider the nominations by President Biden of several individuals to Middle East-related positions: Tamara Cofman Wittes to be a USAID Assistant Administrator – nominated almost a year ago but stalled by SFRC Republicans (testimony); Michael Ratney to be US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (testimony); and Timmy Davis to be US Ambassador to Qatar (testimony). Also see:

  • hearing video.
  • Notably, the Committee’s questions included significant focus on questioning Wittes’ views on the Abraham Accords and getting her, on the record, to attest to her total support for the Accords and her commitment to expanding them. She was also asked about the current controversy regarding Brookings (and whether she believed Qatar had influenced her work or the work of other Brookings scholars). Ratney was also asked for his views and the policies of the Biden Administration with respect to Saudi Arabia and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Of special note: starting at 1:29:15 in the hearing, Sen. Cruz (R-TX) suggested that “the Democratic majority of this committee may have inadvertently convened a hearing on the profound anti-Israel bias of the Biden administration.” He then went on to aggressively attack both Ratney and Wittes. With respect to Ratney, Cruz picked up on a question/accusation from Sen. Hagerty, R-TN that Ratney was personally responsible for US funding going to an Israeli NGO that allegedly engaged in some political activities against then-Prime Minister Netanyahu, including stating, “it is one thing for Mr. Ratney to fund campaigns against the sitting prime minister of Israel”. He then launched a lengthy attack against Wittes: (a) arguing that her previous employment by Brookings and her work funded there by Qatar renders her untrustworthy as a steward of US aid/taxpayer funding — and in effect suggesting that even if she had nothing to do with that, the fact that her work was in part funded by Qatar is enough to render her unfit to serve; (b) attacking her views on the Abraham Accords (including calling her record on the Abraham Accords was “stunning”); and (c) attacking her for an alleged past statement regarding Egyptian president Sissi. He concluded (after dismissing all of her responses) by stating: “It is really stunning, the anti-Israel bias of senior nominees in this administration and it is inconsistent both with American national security interest and with standing with our friend and ally the state of Israel.”
  • Also see: USAID nominee Wittes says past skepticism over Abraham Accords was ‘wrong’ (Jewish Insider 6/17/22); ‘Funded by a Foreign Nation Who Is Not Our Friend’: Cruz Blasts Biden USAID Nominee for Taking Money From Qatar (Washington Free Beacon 6/16/22); In Biden Aid Nominee, Repressive Gulf Monarchy Found Enthusiastic Ally (Washington Free Beacon 6/15/22)
  • Cruz (R-TX) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @FreeBeacon – “Sen. Ted Cruz blasted a Biden USAID nominee for taking money from Qatar. Tamara Cofman Wittes is “funded by a foreign nation who is not our friend,” @tedcruz said during Wittes’ Senate confirmation hearing. Via @alanagoodman Republicans Blast Biden Aid Nominee for Qatar Work… | freebeacon.com

June 15, 2022: The House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing entitled, Current Status of ISIS and al Qaeda.”  Witnesses were: Samantha Vinograd, US Department of Homeland Security (statement not available); Karen Dowling, Directorate of Intelligence, National Counterterrorism Center (statement not available); and Timothy Langan, Federal Bureau of Investigation (statement not available). Also see: hearing video; opening statements – Chairwoman Slotkin (D-MI), Thompson (D-MS), Pfluger (R-TX)

June 15, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a CLOSED/Classified (TS/SCI) briefing, Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program and U.S. Strategy. Briefers were: Brett McGurk (NSC/Deputy Assistant to the President & North Africa Coordinator); Robert Malley (State Department Special Envoy for Iran); and “Official Briefer” (Office of the Director of National Intelligence). Also see: Senators skeptical an Iran deal will happen following latest classified briefing (Jewish Insider 6/16/22); Iran sanctions could tighten if nuclear talks fade, Biden admin officials tell senators (Politico 6/16/22)

3. On the Record

Media – General

The Guardian 6/16/22: Key Democrat warns of major security risk if US firm acquires NSO hacking code

Washington Free Beacon 6/15/22: From Peace Deal to Military Pact: Congress Wants Israel, Arab Allies To Unite Against Iran

Israel Hayom 6/13/22: Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approves Stop Iranian Drones Act

Jewish News Syndicate 6/12/22: Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approves Stop Iranian Drones Act

Jewish Press 6/12/22: 2 US Senators, 4 Congress Members Condemn ‘The Mapping Project’

Haaretz 6/12/22: Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey Condemn BDS Group Project Mapping Boston Jewish Orgs

Times of Israel 6/11/22: Democrats, including Pressley, condemn pro-Palestinian mapping Boston Jewish groups

 

Media & Members – Elections

 

General

Haaretz 6/16/22: AIPAC-backed Republicans at Center of New Capitol Riot Revelations

Jewish Journal 6/16/22: Anti-AIPAC Hypocrisy Rooted in Ignorance

Pro-Israel America 6/16/22: Pro-Israel America Announces Manuel Rajunov as Board Chair

Arizona

Jewish Insider 6/15/22: Arizona GOP Senate candidate Mick McGuire: ‘I do not support a two-state solution’

Nevada

Titus (D-NV-1) 06/15/2022: Retweet of @DemMaj4Israel – “Congratulations to Congresswoman @DinaTitus on her primary victory to represent Nevada’s 1st district! She’s an accomplished leader and a proud supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship. DMFI PAC is excited to continue supporting her in the general election. #NV01 Link to image

Jewish Insider 6/13/22: All bets are off in the Republican congressional primary in Las Vegas

New York

Jewish Insider 6/13/22: Alessandra Biaggi distances herself from AOC on Israel

Michigan

Detroit Free Press 6/17/22: US Rep. Andy Levin isn’t anti-Israel, though he’s being portrayed that way

AIPAC 06/16/22: Tweet – “.@Andy_Levin’s own bill officially divides Jerusalem and places the Western Wall & Jewish Quarter in ‘occupied Palestinian territories.’ It separates Israel from Judaism’s holiest sites on all US government documents. That’s not pro-Israel. That won’t advance a 2state solution.”

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/13/2022: Retweet of @WaelAlzayat – “There has been a lot of coverage around anti-Palestinian money being spent to prevent progressives & progressive women of color from achieving public office in America. With the midterms well under way, we need to better understand the full extent of this funding. 1/7”

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/13/2022: Retweet of @matanarad – “AIPAC has set its sights on its next target: a progressive, anti-occupation, pro-worker Jewish member of Congress. If you believe in equality, justice, and democracy. join us tonight at 6pm ET for the Jews for @Andy_Levin…”

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/13/2022: Retweet of @WaelAlzayat – “In #MI11, @Andy_Levin has fought for worker’s rights as a union organizer and progressive causes as a Member of Congress. AIPAC has given more money to his opponent than nearly every other candidate this cycle. 4/7 Will AIPAC Crush One of Congress’s Most Prominent Jewish Democrats?… | prospect.org

Middle East Monitor 6/13/22: US: new political committee plans to unseat Palestinian American politician

Washington Examiner 6/11/22: Lawmaker’s Israel record draws scrutiny from AIPAC in Michigan Democratic primary

The Intercept 6/10/22: New PAC Backed by Bakari Sellers Plans to Spend $1 Million to Unseat Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) 06/10/2022: Twitter thread – “Y’all. Republicans are spending tons of money in Democratic primaries. GOP and insurrectionist funders are trying to buy races, including Dem ones. Do your research and DON’T just vote for whoever has the most ads. To “Dems” who welcomed this blood money: you should be ashamed. Link to quoted tweet A reminder that today (and any day) is a good day to donate to the ONLY Palestinian-American woman to ever serve in the United States Congress. Apparently to some, one is too many. Not to us. Protect her….@RashidaTlaib is also one of the most prolific field and turnout organizers in the entire Dem party. In a SWING STATE. Seeking to defeat ground game leaders out of spite and replace them w/ low-field candidates are risking disastrous consequences for us all. So short sighted.

Illinois

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @Leftists4Office – “June 15 Super PAC Filings DMFI $37k in Direct Mail against Marie Newman (IL06) Protect Our Future PAC $489k in Ads for Jonathan Jackson (IL01) It’s safe to say that we will not be joining Bernie Sanders in endorsing Jonathan Jackson, who wont even commit to M4All.

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @rayhanania – “#Listen @arabnews @RepMarieNewman & @Marie4Congress During appearance on @RayHanania Radio Wed @Marie4Congress @RepMarieNewman said foreign policies of Pres Biden are strong except when speaking out against #Israel government policies #Palestine Biden needs to find the ‘will’ to pursue Israel-Palestine peace, a… | arab.news   Link to image

Jewish Insider 6/16/22: The mad rush to replace Bobby Rush

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/11/2022: Retweet of @Leftists4Office – “June 5 to June 9 Super PAC Filings DMFI PAC $33k in Direct Mail against Delia Ramirez (IL03) $37k in Direct Mail for Sean Casten (IL06) $3k in Direct Mail against Marie Newman (IL06) Protect Our Future PAC $251k in Ads for Nikki Buzinski (IL13)”

Wisconsin

Pocan (D-WI-2) 06/15/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@UWSinGA @repmarkpocan They are one of two groups that are new putting enormous money in campaigns, that’s why. Pretty simple. Link to reply @UWSinGA @repmarkpocan I hear you. It wasn’t the NRA. The other group is crypto-billionaires.

Members on the Record

Concern for Palestinians

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “I’m disheartened to see reports that protesters rallying peacefully to #SaveMasaferYatta were attacked by Israeli settlers and police. Such actions infringe severely on Palestinian human rights and push peace and a two-state solution further out of reach.

Sanders (I-VT) 06/11/2022: Tweet – “Making Gaza’s beaches safe for swimming is a small but important step in addressing Gaza’s environmental and humanitarian crisis. We must continue to bring people together for these efforts in Palestine and across the region. Link to quoted tweet

Opposing Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “Once again, it appears the Administration is trying to compromise America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal and undivided capital. I unequivocally oppose Biden’s plan.Biden unravels peace process in Middle East…rolls back Trump policy on Palestinians | bizpacreview.com

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/12/2022: Tweet – “This plan is inconsistent with the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and suggests that the Administration is once again trying to undermine America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal and undivided capital.Biden Admin Takes First Step Towards Redividing Jerusalem | freebeacon.com

Roy (R-TX-21) 06/11/2022: Retweet of @VictoriaCoates – “It’s grimly comical that now any Palestinian who wants to access this abomination will have to travel to Tel Aviv to do so. This administration does not seem to understand Israel’s topography very well. Link to quoted tweet

Roy (R-TX-21) 06/11/2022: Retweet of @VictoriaCoates – “This is just the sort of unfortunate nonsense emboldened by the US decision to open a rump mission to the Palestinians—and it will result in a negative impact on the Palestinians. What a disgrace. Link to quoted tweet

Babin (R-TX-36) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “Biden’s failed foreign policy is undermining one of our greatest allies, Israel, damaging Israeli-Arab relations, and eroding the progress made by Trump’s historic Abraham Accords. All because @POTUS won’t stand up to his radical, anti-Israel wing. Biden administration overrules Trump policy on Palestinians… | foxnews.com

Blackburn (R-TN) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “Biden’s State Department is creating a new Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem to work separately from our embassy. This is an attempt to undo U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty and support for Jerusalem as the nation’s capital. It must not be tolerated.

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “I unequivocally oppose this plan. It’s inconsistent with the full & faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 & suggests the Admin is again trying to undermine America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal & undivided capital. Biden reverses Trump move by beefing up the U.S. diplomatic mission to Palestinians in Jerusalem | Daily Mail Online

We <heart> AIPAC 

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “Great meeting with AIPAC to discuss our continued partnership with our strongest Democratic ally in the region. The recently found Hezbollah tunnels crossing into Israel, funded by Iran and spanning miles, only underscores the need to combat these radical terrorist groups. Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @RepDonBacon for your leadership in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship! Link to quoted tweet

Soto (D-FL-9) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “We met with @AIPAC yesterday to discuss their priorities for the FY2023 budget, combatting antisemitism, and more. Happy to hear more from them and work together. Link to image

Ruppersberger (D-MD-2) 06/15/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @Call_Me_Dutch for your leadership in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship! Link to quoted tweet

Portman (R-OH) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Today on the AIPAC app: @SenatorCardin and @senrobportman discuss their work to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, build upon the Abraham Accords, and help keep our ally Israel safe. Click here to register: Join me on the AIPAC App… | app.aipac.org   Link to image

Lesko (R-AZ-8) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “I had a wonderful time meeting with @AIPAC to discuss the need for continued U.S.-Israel relations and assistance to Israel. I will always stand proudly with our ally, Israel!  Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “We enjoyed seeing you and the AIPAC team yesterday. I will always support an iron-strong relationship with our ally Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/15/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @RepDonBacon for your leadership in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship!  Link to quoted tweet

Emmer (R-MN-6) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “The United States must continue to stand with Israel. This week, I had the chance to sit down with @AIPAC to discuss our shared concerns regarding a potential nuclear agreement with Iran. Link to image

Ernst (R-IA) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Thank you @AIPAC for an important discussion of our ongoing commitment to support Israel in the fight against Iran. Peace in the Middle East cannot happen in a vacuum. The Biden admin needs to step up to support our partners in the region. My DEFEND Act is a great place to start. Link to image

Lee (R-UT) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Israel is a vital ally to the United States. I enjoyed meeting with @AIPAC today to discuss the partnership between our two nations. Link to image

Rubio (R-FL) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Senator Rubio met with @AIPAC National Council Members to discuss the importance of providing security assistance to help #Israel defend itself from threats like #Iran. Senator Rubio will always stand with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East. Link to image

Ruppersberger (D-MD-2) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Yesterday I met with members of the @AIPAC National Council while they were on Capitol Hill to talk to Members of Congress about legislation strengthening U.S.-Israel relations. Thanks for stopping by. It’s always great seeing the AIPAC team! Link to image

Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Great meeting with @AIPAC to discuss security assistance to Israel, preventing a nuclear Iran, and opposing the biased UN COI that undermines prospects for peace. Link to image

Smith (R-MO-8) 06/14/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@YanaLukeman @AIPAC Anytime, it was a great day with you all.

Manning (D-NC-6) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Wonderful to meet with @AIPAC National Council members from North Carolina to discuss vital security assistance to Israel, preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, and opposing the one-sided UN COI targeting Israel. I am proud to support the U.S.-Israel relationship in Congress. Link to image

Rosen (D-NV) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “Spent the morning with @AIPAC to discuss my work to strengthen our critical security partnership with Israel. I will always advocate for our closest ally in the Middle East. Link to image

Stefanik (R-NY-21) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Great meeting with @AIPAC today to discuss the US-Israel relationship. I will always stand with our allies Israel!

 

Supporting Israel, Greater Israel, Normalization; Attacking Palestinians, UN, BDS, Etc.

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @IDF – “Unlimited range. Unlimited partnership. Link to quoted tweet

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @IDF – “Overnight, IDF soldiers operated in the Jenin Camp to locate and confiscate illegal weapons. Palestinian assailants fired heavily toward the soldiers and hurled explosive devices at them. The soldiers responded with live fire. 1/2

Ernst (R-IA) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “#ICYMI: My DEFEND Act is uniting Israel and our allies and partners in the region against Iranian-backed aggression. Peace in the Middle East is possible by standing together. From Peace Deal to Military Pact: Congress Wants Israel, Arab Allies to Unite Against Iran… | freebeacon.com

Long (R-MO-7) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @starsandstripes – “Israel praised Argentina on for holding a Venezuelan plane that included Iranian crew, saying the flight shows Tehran is trying to expand its influence in South America. Israel praises Argentina grounding plane with Iranian crew | Stars and Stripes

Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog tweeting about his meetings with members of Congress this week [Moulton (D-MA), Jeffries (D-NY), McCaul (R-TX), Clyburn (D-SC), Garamendi (D-CA)]

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @JGreenblattADL – “Great meeting @RepDonBacon this week for a discussion about the future of bipartisanship in fighting #antisemitism and extremism on all sides. Link to image

Young (R-IN) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Israel continues to position itself as a key player in the global energy market by agreeing to export natural gas to Europe for the first time. This is a milestone as Europe moves away from dependence on Russia while deepening ties w/ the State of Israel. Israel, EU, Egypt agree deal to export natural gas to Europe… | timesofisrael.com

Young (R-IN) 06/15/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @SenToddYoung for your leadership! The DEFEND Act strengthens Israeli-Arab cooperation, promotes regional stability, and counters the Iranian threat. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor this important bipartisan legislation: Urge Congress to Support the DEFEND Act… | p2a.co   Link to video

Sherman (D-CA-30) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Good to see the United States under @POTUS Biden standing up against outrageous attempts to delegitimize #Israel through biased reports. US slammed for building 22-member bloc against UNHRC prob on Israel… | jpost.com

Wilson (R-SC) 6/15/22: Floor statement – “WORLD UNIFICATION AGAINST PUTIN” [entirely about “The European Union is set to sign an agreement with Israel and Egypt which will free itself from Putin energy reliance…”

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/15/2022: Retweet of @JGreenblattADL – “After a recent speech I made, some took issue with my comparing the antisemitic threat of anti-Zionist orgs, ie @NationalSJP, to that posed by far-right extremist orgs. In a recent @TimesofIsrael piece, I explain how & why anti-Zionism is #antisemitism. You don’t need a map to find antisemitism… | blogs.timesofisrael.com

Cassidy (R-LA) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “The U.S. should always stand with our ally Israel and promote peace in the region. Biased reports baselessly condemning Israel does not help achieve peace. UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians | The Times of Israel

Castro (D-TX-20) 06/15/2022: Retweet of @avischarf – “Israel appointed Noa Tishby to fight antisemitism and delegitimization. So she went on FoxNews to talk about Pelosi husband’s DUI arrest, Biden’s age and the ‘obvious double standard of MSM not talking about the attempt to kill a SCOTUS judge’ @Bsamuels0 What Israel’s ‘antisemitism envoy’ did on a conspiracy-laden Fox News panel – Israel News – Haaretz – Haaretz.com

Ernst (R-IA) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “We have a historic opportunity to work with our fellow Abraham Accords partners to combat Iranian-backed extremists.   FFD understands this. Check out their endorsement of our DEFEND Act Link to image

Ernst (R-IA) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “From Peace Deal to Military Pact: Congress Wants Israel, Arab Allies To Unite Against Iran From Peace Deal to Military Pact: Congress Wants Israel, Arab Allies to Unite Against Iran… | freebeacon.com

Wicker (R-MS) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel are all democracies facing direct threats to their existence. Arms sales to these countries should be a top priority to harden their defenses and improve their resilience. Expedite arms deliveries to beleaguered democracies… | defensenews.com

Scott (R-FL) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “This is wrong and another attempt by @benandjerrys to spread lies and indoctrinate people with anti-Israel propaganda. I will always unapologetically stand with our great ally, Israel. Ben & Jerry’s requires new employees to watch lectures on Israeli-Palestinian conflict… | jewishinsider.com

Ernst (R-IA) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “*Together* we will fight Iranian aggression and address the challenges we currently face in the Middle East. Thank you @AJCGlobal for supporting the DEFEND Act. Link to image

Palmer (R-AL-6) 06/14/2022: Retweet of @GOPpolicy – “.@USRepGaryPalmer is sitting down with @RepDavidKustoff to discuss the importance of supporting our ally, Israel. Video coming soon! Link to image

Tenney (R-NY-22) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “Our State Department must stand against anti-Israel bias at the UN and oppose and expose Hamas’ disinformation operations. Read my recent op-ed in Newsweek with @MichaelMakovsky: The Biden administration must crack down on Hamas’ disinformation campaign | Opinion

Aderholt (R-AL) 6/13/22: in the Record, “Recognizing The Republic Day Of Azerbaijan,” including “Azerbaijan is a significant partner to the United States and plays a key role in energy security, supporting Israel, and ensuring stability in the region.”

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/14/2022: Retweet of @JGreenblattADL – “As my colleague @rtrestan says, this Mapping Project is the 21st c. version of the antisemitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It names, blames & shames Jews & Zionists for much of the world’s ills & paints them as legitimate targets. This is dangerous. BDS-promoted mapping project is antisemitic and must be condemned – The Boston Globe

Donalds (R-FL-19) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “This morning I had the honor of meeting with Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat, one of the most significant cities in Judea & Samaria. Mayor Revivi and I discussed the issues his people are facing and the overall Israeli and American relationship. I will always stand with Israel! Link to image” Also on GETTR

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Nothing like a scoop of antisemitism to go with your @benandjerrys ice cream. Can you imagine being forced to sit through a politically charged, antisemitic BDS video on your first day of work? Employees should be trained to work, not brainwashed. Ben & Jerry’s requires new employees to watch lectures on Israeli-Palestinian conflict… | jewishinsider.com

Herrell (R-NM-2) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “It was a pleasure to attend! Link to quoted from Ezra Friedlander – ”My firm coordinated this roundtable discussion chaired by Bobby Rechnitz! @RepLaMalfa @BahrainEmbDC @MoroccoinUSA @RepDavidTrone @RadovanJavorcik @SlovakEmbassyUS @RepHerrell @TeviTroy @IsraelPolicy4m @ZOA_National @cjvalues @nissimbreuben @HungaryinUSA Linked to article – International Leaders Gather to Discuss the Implications of Iran Deal on Abraham Accords (The Yeshiva World 6/13/22)

Ernst (R-IA) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “We had a great time announcing our DEFEND Act on Thursday, joined by our friends, Matt with @jinsadc and Adam from @jfederations to show their support. But the best attendees were the students from Ephriam Curtis Middle School who stopped to watch lawmakers in action!  Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “It’s truly amazing to read about the 170,000+ people marching in Tel Aviv for their annual #Pride parade. Across the globe, we must reinvigorate our efforts to continue the fight for gender expression and LGBTQIA+ rights for all. Tel Aviv Pride parade kicks off in a new location… | haaretz.com

Ernst (R-IA) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “Thank you for the support @JackRosenNYC and @AJCongress! It’s great to see all the organizations that have rallied behind the DEFEND Act. Link to image

Zeldin (R-NY) 6/11/22: Press release — Rep. Zeldin Statement on Antisemitic Boston “Mapping Project”

Schneider (D-IL-10) 06/11/2022: Tweet – “We can stand up to Iran, we can work to foster peace in the region by bringing the nations of the region together. The DEFEND act and U.S. leadership will make that difference. New US bill brings together Abraham Accords signatories against Iran… | jpost.com

Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) 06/10/2022: Retweet of @DemMaj4Israel – “Tens of thousands of people turned out for the 23rd annual Pride Parade in #TelAviv today. “We won’t let anyone feel afraid in our country, we will always provide protection to the people living in this country” – Mayor Ron Huldai #HappyPrideMonth Police shutter roads as tens of thousands expected at Tel Aviv Pride Parade… | timesofisrael.com

Egypt

Ruppersberger (D-MD) 6/14/22: Statement in the Record – Recognition of the Egypt-U.S. Partnership [“I rise today to recognize the fruitful United States-Egypt partnership. The year 2022 marks 100 years of diplomatic relations between our two nations. As co-chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Friends of Egypt Caucus, I believe it is of paramount importance that we commemorate this partnership rooted in shared commitments to peace, stability and prosperity. As such, I include in the Record this Newsweek article, entitled ‘Let’s Continue to Strengthen the Egypt-U.S. Partnership’ published on April 18, 2022, and penned by Ambassador of Egypt to the United States, Mr. Motaz Zahran…”]

 

Syria

Wicker (R-MS) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “Our military is the best in the world, and they continue to eliminate the ISIS threat. I am glad to hear of a successful operation conducted against a prominent ISIS bombmaker in Syria. US forces capture senior ISIS leader Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi in Syria raid | Fox News

Graham (R-SC) 06/16/2022: Twitter thread – “Great job by U.S. led Coalition forces in capturing Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi, a senior leader of the Islamic State and an assessed ISIS bomb maker in Syria. Congratulations to all involved in planning and executing this operation. Senior ISIS Leader Captured in Syria, U.S. Military Officials Say… | wsj.com I appreciate the Biden Administration leaving American forces in Syria to prevent the reemergence of ISIS and to provide some level of stability in this volatile region. This is a prime example of where American troops on the ground, working with local forces, pays big dividends in the War on Terror.  Well done.

Risch (R-ID) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “I implore @UN security council to reauthorize this vital mechanism so life-saving aid can cont. to millions in #Syria. This is essential to alleviate suffering inflicted by #Assad & his Russian backers. I wrote this two years ago & it sadly remains true: Opinion | With a U.N. Veto, Russia and China Add to Syria’s Misery (Published 2020)   Link to quoted tweet

Waltz (R-FL-6) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “The War on Terror is not over. ISIS & Al Qaeda WILL re-emerge and attack America again if we let them… US military ground raid in Syria captures top ISIS leader… | abcnews.go.com

 

Lebanon

Banks (R-IN-3) 06/10/2022: Retweet of @RepublicanStudy – “The #RSC FY2023 budget is a plan that puts America First. Republicans Want to Slash Aid to Iraq, Lebanon, and the United Nations… | freebeacon.com

 

Iran

Blackburn (R-TN) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “Communist China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea do not care what our soldiers’ pronouns are. The Biden Defense Department should focus energy on combatting our adversaries — not wokeism. Sen. Blackburn’s plan to ‘de-wokeify’ the military foiled by Democrats | Fox News

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @AndrewDesiderio – “NEW: Blinken announces new sanctions on Iran. He says absent a deal to revive the JCPOA, the U.S. “will continue to use our sanctions authorities” ICYMI, I reported yesterday that admin officials told senators these sanctions were coming — Iran sanctions could tighten if nuclear talks fade, Biden admin officials tell senators… | politico.com   Link to image

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “Weakness invites aggression, and this administration must step up and show our adversaries that the U.S. won’t make the same mistakes we did with Russia when it comes to our adversaries like Iran and China. Thanks, @greta, for having me on your new @newsmax show, The Record! Link to video

Steube (R-FL-17) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “I am very glad to see the Biden Administration leave the IRGC on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, after considering removal. Now @SecBlinken must move forward with Sec. Pompeo’s policy recommendations to advance a more democratic, secular, & nonnuclear Republic of Iran. Link to image” Also on GETTR

Risch (R-ID) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “In addition to repeated attacks against our troops and diplomatic facilities without a U.S. response, #Iran has reportedly deployed kidnapping and assassination squads abroad to target #Israelis. We can no longer ignore the regime’s conduct and must suspend #JCPOA negotiations. Link to quoted tweet

Hyde-Smith (R-MS) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Americans are dubious of the @WhiteHouse outreach to Iran, because they understand that the regime is a threat to our national security. @MarshaBlackburn’s bill attempts to ensure that US interests come first, not some nuclear agreement that would enrich Iran & China in the end.

Tenney (R-NY-22) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “I recently joined Voice of America to discuss the JCPOA 2.0 negotiations & ongoing protests in Iran. I will continue to stand with the people of Iran in their struggle to establish a democratic country that is at peace with its neighbors. The Iranian people want & deserve better. Link to quoted tweet

Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) 06/10/2022: Twitter thread – “Any nuclear deal with the Iranian dictatorship must be longer and stronger than the previous failed agreement.   It’s clear that the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism cannot be trusted to hold up its end of the bargain.   Nuclear watchdog says Iran is a few weeks away from having a ‘significant quantity’ of enriched uranium… | cnn.com As they continue their non-compliance with current safeguards, it is critical that we hold Iran and its corrupt leaders to account.   The IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran – United States Department of State

 

Lebanon

Pence (R-IN-6) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “As a @USMC officer, I spent many nights on the roof of our barracks in Beirut to admire the lone American flag on the horizon. A symbol of Freedom, Liberty & Opportunity for all. A reminder of the sacrifices our American heroes make to protect those values. Happy Flag Day. Link to image

 

Saudi Arabia – energy issues

Brady (R-TX-8) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @WaysandMeansGOP – “On what Biden should do about rising gas costs, @RepKevinBrady: “I would stop trying to go for much higher taxes on American-Made energy & rather than flying to Saudi Arabia to beg for more energy, I would fly to West Texas & ask, ‘What can I do to help produce more in America?’”

Buck (R-CO-4) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “Instead of drilling for American oil this administration would rather send American dollars and jobs to Saudi-Arabia. This is what America last looks like. Link to quoted tweet

McCarthy (R-CA-23) 06/17/2022: Tweet – “A 12-hour, non-stop international flight. That’s how far President Biden would rather travel to plead for Saudi Arabian oil rather than simply issue more drilling permits to producers here at home. American oil is cleaner. More reliable. And more affordable. Put America FIRST!” Retweeted by: Malliotakis (R-NY-11), Carter (R-GA-1), Fischbach (R-MN-7), Herrell (R-NM-2), Murphy (R-NC-3), Mullin (R-OK-2)

Pfluger (R-TX-11) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “You’re completely right @MikePompeo. The Permian Basin is the largest secure supply of oil & gas in the world. It’s past time to unleash American energy dominance. Link to quoted tweet

6/16/22: House floor discussion of Saudi Arabia, energy issues, & Biden visit

Duncan (R-SC-3) 06/15/2022: Twitter thread – “…Instead of bowing down to the Saudis, Biden can simply stay home, save gasoline & reduce carbon emissions, & flip the switch on American energy production…

Grassley (R-IA) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “the Fed raised interest rates by the most since ’94 to combat inflation They revised estimates 2predict lower GDP+ higher unemployment +higher inflation We need 2pass bills incl my Middle Class Savings& Investment Act +stop blocking American energy ASAP use our oil not Saudi oil

Harshbarger (R-TN-1) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “President Biden would rather fly thousands of miles to beg Saudi Arabia for oil than to employ Americans do produce it here at home. There’s not enough sugar in the world to coat this sad reality.

Long (R-MO-7) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “@JoeBiden could #UnleashAmericanEnergy strengthening our national security while lowering #GasPrices however he’ll once again rely on #SaudiArabia to relieve the pain at the pump. Why does @POTUS keep putting America last?

Cramer (R-ND) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Gas has soared past $5 per gallon. Instead of producing oil here, @POTUS has turned to Venezuela and the Saudis for theirs. The president and his radical left entourage are missing the opportunity to deliver a win for the economy and Americans being hurt at the pump. Link to image

Fitzgerald (R-WI-5) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Why does President Biden want Saudi energy and not American energy?

Graves (R-LA-6) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Instead of traveling across the world, we invite President Biden and his team to Grand Isle to see underutilized domestic energy production and to grab some boudin for the road. Statement on the taxpayer funded gas money for Saudi Arabia Road Trip: President Biden Enjoys Taxpayer-funded Gas Money for Saudi Arabia Road Trip, Graves Legislation Reminds Him ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’… | bit.ly   Link to image

Jordan (R-OH-4) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Next month, President Biden will visit Saudi Arabia to beg the country for more oil. Why not just drill domestically?

Van Drew (R-NJ-2) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Americans are spending an extra $160 a month on gas. President Biden’s solution is to beg Saudi Arabia for oil. Why not just utilize AMERICAN energy resources?

Biggs (R-AZ-5) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Why is Biden traveling 6500+ miles to discuss increasing oil production with the Saudis? He should be meeting with American producers in Texas, Oklahoma, and more states at home. We have the energy here!

Burchett (R-TN-2) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “The @POTUS shouldn’t be traveling to Saudi Arabia to beg for oil production when we could get it here.

Cornyn (R-TX) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “Now he is going to the Saudis for more production hat in hand? Link to quoted tweet

Cruz (R-TX) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Link to quoted tweet

Franklin (R-FL-15) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Joe Biden was handed an energy independent country. Now Biden plans to go to Saudi Arabia to beg the OPEC cartel to pump more oil. He should work with American energy companies, unleash our domestic supply, and bring the costs down back home. ‘Pariah’ no more? Democrats grit their teeth over Biden’s Saudi trip… | politi.co

Graves (R-LA-6) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “President Biden is heading to Saudi Arabia to negotiate instead of utilizing our energy resources here at home. Louisiana is a much shorter commute. We calculated it for the White House last week. Link to video

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “There is a solution to this crisis right at our doorstep: work with American drillers and get back in the energy business here at home. But this President refuses.Biden to visit Saudi Arabia next month seeking solutions as gas tops $5 per gallon: report | Fox News

Letlow (R-LA-5) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “When will this Administration realize that the solution to America’s energy crisis is in the Gulf of Mexico, not the Persian Gulf? Biden political gamble on Saudi trip unlikely to drive down gas prices… | thehill.com

Letlow (R-LA-5) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Today, my Republican colleagues and I brought forward H.R. 6858 – a bill to reopen the Keystone Pipeline, restart leasing in the Gulf of Mexico, and replenish the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Unfortunately, the majority defeated it. They’re not serious about fixing this crisis. Link to quoted tweet

Loudermilk (R-GA-11) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “Biden is planning a trip to Saudi Arabia to beg them to produce more oil, after he campaigned saying he’d punish them for human rights abuses. The flip-flop is predictable, but the question is, why go at all when we can produce all the oil we need here in the U.S?” Also on GETTR

Lynch (D-MA-8) 06/14/2022: Retweet of @BeckyCNN – ““Justice for Mr. Khashoggi [is] very important but there is an overarching interest here in stabilizing energy markets.” @RepStephenLynch is 1 of 6 U.S lawmakers calling for Saudi accountability on human rights but tells me he understands the need to recalibrate the relationship: Link to video

Donalds (R-FL-19) 06/12/2022: Tweet – “Biden doesn’t need to travel to Saudi Arabia to lower gas prices. He needs to travel to AMERICAN states like Texas, North Dakota, New Mexico, Alaska, and Colorado and support their ability to enhance our energy capabilities. Link to quoted tweet

Arrington (R-TX-19) 06/11/2022: Twitter thread – “This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testified at the Ways & Means Committee. I conveyed my deep concerns with Biden’s disastrous economic policies … and invited the Secretary & President Biden to visit West Texas—the epicenter of global oil and gas production—rather than traveling to Saudi Arabia at the end of the month. See my full remarks here: Rep. Jodey Arrington | Ways & Means Committee Hearing – Treasury Secretary Yellen – June 8, 2022

 

Saudi Arabia – non-energy issues

Malinowski (D-NJ-7) 06/17/2022: Twitter thread – “Tom, @RepSpanberger, @RepColinAllred, @RepKatiePorter, @RepJasonCrow, and @RepDeanPhillips say Saudi “must show a greater willingness to work with us—not against us” if our partnership is to thrive. Read their statement ahead of @POTUS’ visit to Saudi  Representatives Malinowski, Spanberger, Allred, Porter, Crow, and Phillips Issue Statement Ahead of President Biden’s Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia… | malinowski.house.gov

Merkley (D-OR) 06/16/2022: Twitter thread – “Saudi Arabia cannot be allowed to cover up their egregious human rights record—including the murder of journalists—with a flashy golf tour. We all must call out human rights abuses wherever they occur, instead of putting money ahead of morals. Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament accused of ‘sportswashing’… | abcnews.go.com I spoke with @SecBlinken yesterday about the urgent need for the pattern of Saudi Arabia helping Saudi nationals escape justice after they’ve committed crimes in the U.S. to be on @POTUS’s agenda during his visit. It hits close to home in Oregon—we can’t forget Fallon Smart.

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @mehdirhasan – ““Let’s be honest: if Donald Trump was in office planning a visit to Saudi Arabia [and MBS]…Democrats would be outraged. They would! And yet Biden’s doing it & crickets.” My deep-dive @MehdiHasanShow monologue on Biden’s visit to MBS & Saudi Arabia: Link to video

Roy (R-TX-21) 6/16/22: On the House floor railing against golfers participating in Saudi-backed golf tour [“there is a cloud hanging over the United States Open this week. And that cloud is the greed and the absurd self-absorbed nature of a handful of the PGA Tour’s elites who are willing to sell their athletic soul, their professional soul to a Saudi Arabian league for their shekels. And it is absolutely an abomination….The tour has made these guys wealthy, and they turn around and they stab the tour in the back to go chase their 30 shekels. It is absolutely unconscionable.”] NOTE: As far as I can tell, nobody has raised any concerns for Roy’s use of the term “shekels” in this context. Also see my Twitter thread]

Roy (R-TX-21) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @dcexaminer – “Texas @RepChipRoy slammed PGA Tour defectors who have decided to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, arguing the players are “basically whores and has-beens.” ‘Whores and has-beens’: GOP Rep. Chip Roy blasts golfers in Saudi-backed event… | washex.am

Roy (R-TX-21) 06/16/2022: Retweet of @juliegraceb – “Chip shot: Chip Roy is taking aim at PGA tour players opting to join LIV Golf, praises Tiger for opting out. ‘Whores and has-beens’: GOP Rep. Chip Roy blasts golfers in Saudi-backed tour ‘Whores and has-beens’: GOP Rep. Chip Roy blasts golfers in Saudi-backed event… | washex.am

Wild (D-PA-7) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “When @mercan_resifi testified before the Foreign Affairs Committee, I assured her the U.S. would seek justice and accountability for the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. I am not backing down from my commitment, and nor should President Biden. Link to image

McCollum (D-MN-4) 06/15/2022: Retweet of @DAWNmenaorg – “Rep. @BettyMcCollum04 (MN) shares her remarks for today’s unveiling of Jamal Khashoggi Way. DAWN thanks her and other advocates for their steadfast support in upholding Khashoggi’s legacy and vision for democracy, human rights, freedom of press. Join us: Jamal Khashoggi Way Ceremony… | fb.me   Link to video

Carson (D-IN-7) 06/15/2022: Twitter thread – “We must continue to fight and be reminded that human rights and the freedom of press must be the cornerstone of U.S. Foreign Policy. Link to quoted tweet I applaud this historic name change to honor Jamal Khashoggi, but we have to do more. We must demand accountability, and justice must be served for all journalists murdered for truth-telling.

Khanna (D-CA-17) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “A conditions-free photo op with MBS only emboldens this dictator who’s behind countless civilian deaths in Yemen & the hacking to death of a Washington Post journalist. Any meeting should be predicated on bringing the war in Yemen to a close & permanently lifting the blockade.

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “We won’t see sustainable peace & security in the Middle East or achieve long-term US interests by supporting and legitimizing rulers that abuse human rights. @POTUS, you can’t reset Khassoghi’s murder, war crimes in Yemen or criminalized dissent in Saudi. US seeks full reset with Saudi Arabia, effectively moving on from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi… | cnn.com

Malinowski (D-NJ-7) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “This is not about human rights vs national security or oil vs Khashoggi. It’s about what is the best way for the United States as a superpower to ensure our client states are on our side in this crucial contest & do their part in ensuring Putin fails. -TM Biden Put Relations With Saudi Arabia on Ice. Then, He Saw an Opportunity…. | politico.com

Merkley (D-OR) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “Joined @mitchellreports this afternoon to discuss why @POTUS needs to push Saudi Arabia on their horrendous human rights record, including urging the release of civil society activists during his upcoming trip. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Biden must ‘push hard’ on human rights issues during Saudi Arabia trip… | msnbc.com

Durbin (D-IL) 6/14/22: Floor statement about political prisoners, including: “I have been troubled by the human rights record of this Kingdom,  including the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, for which there is no real accountability yet. This year brought a bit of welcome news. Writer Raif Badawi was finally freed from prison after completing a 10-year prison sentence for dubious charges about his peaceful writings. I hope that the Saudis will allow Raif the dignity of reuniting with his brave wife, Ensaf Haidar, who I met in Washington, and their three children, now living in Canada. Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair, a leading human rights defender, is still in prison. He was convicted in Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court, usually reserved for terrorists.  I appeal to the Saudi Government to free Waleed and to allow Raif to be reunited with his family. These gestures would be particularly notable in light of President Biden’s upcoming visit.”

Wyden (D-OR) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “The United States cannot value Saudi oil more highly than the blood of Fallon Smart and Jamal Khashoggi. Embracing authoritarians only makes us more vulnerable to the whims of tyrants who will always prioritize unfettered power above international rule of law or American justice. Link to quoted tweet

Markey (D-MA) 06/14/2022: Twitter thread – “President Biden should not allow Mohammed bin Salman to get away with murder by giving him an audience without conditions during his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia. (1/7) The Crown Prince has thus far evaded accountability for orchestrating the gruesome murder of renowned journalist and U.S. permanent resident, Jamal Khashoggi. President Biden should condition any face-to-face visit with bin Salman as follows: (2/7) No less than his admission of wrongdoing for the murder of Khashoggi, immediate improvements in Saudi Arabia’s human rights protections, including for women and girls, release of political prisoners, (3/7) accountability for its violations of the laws of armed conflict in the seven-year war in Yemen, and an agreement to cease its reported illicit ballistic and nuclear missile cooperation with China. (4/7) On the domestic front, the long-term antidote to high gas prices as a result of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine can’t be to turn to another authoritarian government, Saudi Arabia, to fuel the gas tanks of the world. (5/7) The cure to America’s addiction to foreign oil is to invest in a clean energy revolution. 12 million electric vehicles would entirely replace the oil we import from Saudi Arabia. (6/7) This shift to all electric vehicles would save any future President from having to weigh our commitment to human rights with our continued reliance on dirty fossil fuels from the OPEC cartel. (7/7)

Doggett (D-TX-35) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “President Biden was right the first time, when he pledged to turn the kingdom into a “pariah” after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the brutal assassination and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with a bonesaw. Analysis | Biden’s flip-flop on Saudi Arabia

Doggett (D-TX-35) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “This trip is more than disappointing. It is time to end the pilgrimage of American Presidents for many years, from both parties, to flatter a regime that shares none of our values and has repeatedly acted in ways that are harmful to our families. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/11/2022: Twitter thread – “.@SecBlinken suggests the most effective way to stand up for human rights “may be a little bit different” in individual cases. But Biden’s embrace of Saudi Arabia’s leaders and rejection of others is more than a little different—and that’s bad policy. 1/2 Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Jorge Ramos of TelevisaUnivision – United States Department of State When we use different standards for different countries, we undermine US efforts everywhere. The US must be consistent in calling out rights abuses no matter who commits them if we truly believe in pursuing a foreign policy with “human rights and democracy at the center.”

UAE

Durbin (D-IL) 6/14/22: Floor statement about political prisoners, including: “This is Ahmed Mansoor, one of the last major human rights voices in the Emirates. He was arrested in 2017 for using blog posts to advocate for reform and human rights in his nation. He was convicted of charges of threatening the UAE’s state security and social harmony, they sentenced him to 10 years in prison. He has been there for more than 5, at times, in solitary confinement, isolated from other prisoners, no contact with his family. He has reportedly been tortured.  Despite the dismal conditions of his incarceration, he remains steadfast in his commitment to human rights. He has conducted multiple hunger strikes to protest prison conditions. I appeal to the United Arab Emirates’ new President, Muhammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to take this opportunity early in his Presidency to demonstrate compassion and courage by releasing Mr. Mansoor.”

Yemen

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “I am deeply concerned about the decaying FSO Safer off Yemen’s coast. The int’l community must ensure this vessel does not leak 1+ million barrels of crude oil into the Red Sea, which would cause a humanitarian and environmental disaster & impede a critical commercial waterway.

Jayapal (D-WA-7) 06/17/2022: Retweet of @USProgressives – “The War Powers Resolution now has more than 80 co-sponsors! The momentum is real — and we’re not stopping here. We will end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the war in Yemen. Link to quoted tweet

Jones (D-NY-17) 06/14/2022: Tweet – “What’s happening in Yemen is a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions. We can’t sit idly by any longer. This unauthorized military involvement must end—full stop. Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have been called war crimes. Many relied on U.S. support…. | washingtonpost.com

Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “TWO MILLION children face starvation in Yemen! It should not be the policy of the United States to aid ANY nations that are committing war crimes. My colleagues and I have introduced a bipartisan War Powers Resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen. Link to quoted tweet” Retweeted by DeFazio (D-OR-4)

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “I am proud to sign onto this bipartisan resolution calling on the administration to end our unauthorized military involvement in the war in Yemen. We must not be complicit in this humanitarian crisis. Lawmakers introduce resolution to end US military involvement in Yemen… | thehill.com

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/13/2022: Retweet of @HouseForeign – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Strongly support the @StateDept’s $10 million pledge for the @UN plan to address the FSO Safer crisis in #Yemen in order to avoid an environmental catastrophe. I call on our partners to join in pledging to prevent damage to the ecosystem and trade routes. Link to quoted tweet

Schakowsky (D-IL-9) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “I am a cosponsor of the Yemen War Powers Resolution. Our military must end its unauthorized participation in this conflict that is causing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. We must stop our engagement and complicity!” Retweeted by DeFazio (D-OR-4)

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/13/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Strongly support the @StateDept’s $10 million pledge for the @UN plan to address the FSO Safer crisis in #Yemen in order to avoid an environmental catastrophe. I call on our partners to join in pledging to prevent damage to the ecosystem and trade routes. Link to quoted tweet

Merkley (D-OR) 06/12/2022: Twitter thread – “Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has put food security of people in Ukraine and around the world in peril. Starvation should never be used as a weapon of war, and Russia must be held accountable for stealing vital grain from Ukraine. Russia Seeks Buyers for Plundered Ukraine Grain, U.S. Warns… | nytimes.com I led a bipartisan Senate Resolution calling on the Biden administration to condemn the weaponization of hunger wherever it occurs—from Ukraine to Yemen. Link to quoted tweet

Turkey

HFAC/SFRC leaders’ 6/15/22: Meeks, McCaul, Menendez, Risch Statement on Threatened Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria  also see Tweets – McCaul (R-TX-10), Meeks (D-NY-5), Risch (R-ID)

Bahrain

Wilson (R-SC-2) 06/15/2022: Tweet – “Grateful to meet H.E. Speaker of Bahrain’s Council of Representatives, Fawzia bent Abdulla Yusuf Zainal, to discuss issues of importance to further strengthen the valued relationship between our two countries. Speaker highlights boosting cooperation with US Congress… | bna.bh

Oman

Larsen (D-WA-2) 06/16/2022: Tweet – “Small world: Omani Ambassador Moosa Hamdan Al Tai & I are both graduates of @PLUNEWS in #Tacoma. Today, Ambassador Al Tai & I discussed the importance of the bilateral relationship between the United States & Oman.  #GoLutes @FMofOman Link to image

Legislative Round-Up: June 10, 2022

1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Hearings
3. On the Record

Recent Events

  • 6/9/22: FMEP’s Lara Friedman participated in a webinar convened by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Jerusalem: US Foreign Policy and its Impact — alongside Khaled Elgindy(Middle East Institute) and Dr. Osama Abuirshaid (American Muslims for Palestine), moderated by AMP’s Tarek Khalil.
  • 6/3/22: A new edition of FMEP’s Occupied Thoughts Podcast — “How AIPAC Punishes Candidates Who Support Palestinian Rights,” ft. FMEP fellow Peter Beinart in conversation with Waleed Shahid (spokesperson & communications director of Justice Democrats).
  • 6/1/22: FMEP’s Lara Friedman participated on a panel convened by the Baker Institute (Rice University), Israelis, Palestinians, & the Slide to a Post-2-State Reality” — alongside  Samih Al-Abid (Baker Institute), Omar Rahman (Middle East Council on Global Affairs) & Gilead Sher(Baker Institute), and moderated by Robert Barron (USIP)

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(LEVERAGING ABRAHAM ACCORDS TO PROMOTE REGIONAL ANTI-IRAN “DEFENSE ARCHITECTURE”) HR 7987 (pdf) & S. 4366 (pdf): Introduced in the House 6/8/22 by McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and 5 bipartisan cosponsors, and in the Senate 6/9/22 by Ernst (R-IA) and 3 bipartisan cosponsors [in both chambers, original sponsors are leaders/members of the House and Senate Abraham Accords Caucuses], the “Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses Act of 2022,” aka the “DEFEND Act of 2022,“ aka, ”To require the Secretary of Defense to seek cooperation with allies and partners in the Middle East to identify an architecture and develop an acquisition approach for certain countries in the Middle East to implement an integrated air and missile defense capability to protect the people, infrastructure, and territory of such countries from cruise and ballistic missiles, manned and unmanned aerial systems, and rocket attacks from Iran, and for other purposes.” Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs & Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Also see:

(SHUT DOWN USAID – BUT WITH NOD TO ISRAEL) Rand Paul amdt to HR 3967 (text): This week the Senate took up HR 3967, the “Honoring our PACT Act of 2021.” This is a bill that (per the official summary) “addresses health care, presumption of service-connection, research, resources, and other matters related to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service.” Notably, Sen. Paul (R-KY) offered an amendment [not taken up by the Senate] to add a provision stating: “During the 10-year period beginning on October 1, 2022, no Federal funds may be expended by the United States Agency for International Development other than funds that have been appropriated for Israel.” For the record: The government of Israel does not receive any USAID funding. It receives Foreign Military Financing, a small amount of Migration and Refugee Assistance, and additional funds via the Defense Appropriations bill. Yes, there is funding via USAID for “shared society” projects involving Israeli and Palestinians groups, under the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA), but that funding is not “appropriated for Israel.” So in effect, Paul’s amendment includes support for non-existent Israel aid as cover for an effort to shut down USAID worldwide.

(DISAPPROVING OF WEAPONS SALES TO EGYPT) S. J. Res. 50, S. J. Res. 51, & S. J. Res. 52: Introduced 6/6/22 (the first two) and 6/7/22 (the third) by Paul (R-KY) and no cosponsors, both entitled, “A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of Egypt of certain defense articles and services.” Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

LETTERS

(META & IRAN DISSIDENTS) Banks et al letter to Zuckerberg: On 6/7/22 the Washington Free Beacon reported on an un-dated letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg regarding “reports of content censorship and account closures of Iranian pro-democracy and anti-authoritarian activists on Meta’s social media platforms, such as Instagram1 amid popular protests in Iran triggered by the clerical regime’s economic mismanagement, while the regime is repressing these protests.” The letter, signed by Banks (R-IN), Tenney (R-NY), and Wilson (R-SC) requests that Meta Platforms respond by June 10th to a list of questions “pertaining to the allegations of systematic censorship and discrimination against anti-Islamic Republic activists.” Also see:

(RE-CALIBRATE US-SAUDI RELATIONSHIP) Schiff et al letter to Biden: On 6/7/22 — in light of reports that Biden will visit Saudi Arabia — Rep. Schiff (D-CA) – chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence- led a letter to President Biden, co-signed by 5 other committee chairs [Thompson (D-MS), Homeland Security Committee chair; Meeks (D-NY), Foreign Affairs Committee chair; Maloney (D-NY), Committee on Oversight and Reform chair; Smith (D-WA), Armed Services Committee chair;, and Lynch (D-MA), National Security Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform chair]. As summarized in Schiff’s press release, the letter urges Biden to “further recalibrate the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia” and to “forcefully advocate for a more balanced bilateral relationship that benefits everyday Americans and reaffirms long-standing American values.” Specifically, the letter urges Biden to prioritize: “Securing further Saudi commitments to stabilize global energy markets and definitively abandon its Trump-era oil production deal with Russia…Continuing the suspension of offensive U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen while pressing for the initiation of multi-party peace talks…Ending the Kingdom’s arbitrary detention of human rights defenders, as well as other human rights abuses…Reiterating the U.S. demand for accountability, in line with established international legal standards, for the murder of journalist and American legal resident Jamal Khashoggi…Holding firm to the longstanding U.S. policy of requiring robust safeguards for any civil nuclear cooperation…Underscoring the risks of greater strategic cooperation with China.”  Also see:

(INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO KILLING OF SHIREEN ABU AKLEH) Ossoff-Romney letter to Blinken: On 6/6/22, Sens. Ossoff (D-GA) and Romney (R-UT) sent a letter to SecState Blinken about the killing of American-Palestinian journalists Shireen Abu Akleh. The senators urge the State Department to “ensure there is a full and transparent investigation and accountability for Ms. Akleh’s death” and asserts that “The killing of a U.S. citizen and of a journalist engaged in the work of reporting in a conflict zone is unacceptable. All over the world, journalists pursue truth and accountability at great personal risk. Press freedom is a core American value, and we cannot accept impunity when journalists are killed in the line of duty.” The letter concludes even more forcefully, stating: We insist that the Administration ensure a full and transparent investigation is completed and that justice is served for Ms. Akleh’s death. Please provide a detailed update on the progress of this effort within 30 days.” Also see:

(CONCERNS RE ISRAEL & VISA WAIVER PROGRAM) On 6/6/22, Jewish Insider published a Dear Colleague letter being circulated in the House by Rep. Tlaib (D-MI). That Dear Colleague is seeking co-signers on a letter to the Biden Administration expressing “deep concern regarding continuing reports of discriminatory treatment of American passport holders by the Government of Israel.” The letter goes on to observe (accurately): “The current government of Israel’s discriminatory policies place the country well outside the requirements incumbent on all countries to join the Visa Waiver Program, which include, among other things, having ‘reciprocal privileges to citizens and nationals of the United States.’” It also observes (also accurately): “unless the Israeli government ends all ethnically, racially, religiously, and politically based discrimination against American citizens at its borders, it is ineligible for the Visa Waiver Program, regardless of any purported ‘justification.’ Israel’s inclusion in the program would represent an endorsement of travel discrimination against American citizens by the federal government.” The letter goes on to ask the State Department to answer a series of questions related to the U.S. government’s consideration of Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program. Also see:

(MORE US ENGAGEMENT ON ISR-PAL TO SAVE 2SS) Price et al letter to Blinken:  On 6/3/22, Reps. Price (D-NC), Lee (D-CA), Wexton (D-VA), and Castro (D-TX) sent a letter, signed by 80 Members of Congress, to SecState Blinken, expressing concern and urgency regarding ongoing developments that serve as flashpoints for escalating violence in the region and push a two-state solution further out of reach.” The letter requests “an update on the concrete steps the Biden administration is taking to deter harmful actions,” specifically citing settler violence, settlement expansion, demolitions (of Palestinian homes, businesses, and infrastructure), Israeli government spending on settlements, and Palestinian prisoner payments. The letter closes: Like you, we strongly believe that two-state diplomacy remains critical. Dangerous flashpoints related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have a way of rapidly increasing tension and violence in the region without active U.S. leadership. As a result, the United States must harness its substantial influence to exercise leadership and continue its historical role as an honest broker in ending this conflict and serve as a clear, consistent voice for peace and human rights. It is therefore critical that the United States actively work to ensure both parties remain committed to halting counterproductive measures that undermine the viability of two states for two peoples. We look forward to hearing from you on these important issues.” Also see:

(ENDORSE ISRAELI FRAMING RE: INVESTIGATION OF DEATH OF AMCIT JOURNALIST) Gottheimer et al letter to Blinken: On 6/3/22, Rep. Gottheimer (D-NJ) led a letter, signed by a total of 25 House members (bipartisan) embracing the Israeli government’s call for a joint Israeli-Palestinian investigation and attacking the Palestinian Authority for its “obstinate position” of refusing to turn over to Israel the bullet that killed Ms. Abu Akleh. The letter calls on Blinken to “ask the Palestinian Authority to provide access to the forensic evidence in Abu Akleh’s death for an independent investigation, so that all parties can reach a definitive conclusion about the events leading to her death, and hold all parties accountable.” Also see:

(SANCTION SYRIAN OFFICIALS OVER TADAMON MASSACRE) Kinzinger-Boyle letter to Biden: On 6/1/22 (not previously reported in the Round-Up), Reps, Kinzinger (R-IL) and Boyle (D-PA) — co-chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging targeted sanctions against key Syrian officials in light of a recently-released video documenting Bashar al-Assad’s military murdering innocent Syrian civilians. Also see:

2. Hearings

June 22, 2022: The House Foreaign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism will hold a hearing entitled, Examining the U.S. Interest in Regional Security Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Objectives.” No witnesses have been announced as of 6/10/22.

June 22, 2022: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a mark-up of the FY23 Defense Authorization bill (following subcommittee markups June 8-9, 2022).

June 13 & June 16, 2022: The Senate Armed Services Committee will be holding CLOSED mark-ups (Round 1 – subcommittees; Round 2 – full committee) to deal with the FY23 Defense Authorization Bill.

June 16, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nominations by President Biden of several individuals to Middle East-related positions: Tamara Cofman Wittes ( to be a USAID Assistant Administrator – nominated almost a year ago but stalled by SFRC Republicans); Michael Ratney (to be US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia); and Timmy Davis (to be US Ambassador to Qatar).

June 15, 2022: The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing entitled, Current Status of ISIS and al Qaeda.”  Witnesses will be: Samantha Vinograd, US Department of Homeland Security; Karen Dowling, Directorate of Intelligence, National Counterterrorism Center; and Timothy Langan, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

June 15, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a CLOSED/Classified (TS/SCI) briefing, Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program and U.S. Strategy. Scheduled briefers will be: Brett McGurk (NSC/Deputy Assistant to the President & North Africa Coordinator); Robert Malley (State Department Special Envoy for Iran); and “Official Briefer” (Office of the Director of National Intelligence).

June 9, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a Business Meeting at which it considered — and approved, as amended by an amendment offered by Cruz — Rep. McCaul’s (R-TX) HR 6089, aka, the “Stop Iranian Drones Act.” The committee did not approve an amendment offered by Johnson (R-WI) that sought to add language regarding any future Iran nuclear agreement (to require Senate approval of any such agreement and to add a new, wholesale limitation with respect to sanctions relief). Also see: Risch (R-ID) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Since Biden started negotiations to rejoin the #JCPOA, #Iran has sponsored drone attacks against U.S. troops & diplomats, + our regional partners. This legislation will impose serious costs on the Iranian drone program and its supporters.”

June 8, 2022: **RESCHEDULED** The House Appropriations Committee’s SFOPS subcommittee will hold a hearing, Fiscal year 2023 Budget Request for the United Nations (UN).” The sole witness will be US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. [Note: any discussion in Congress of the UN can be counted on to be an occasion for extensive grandstanding in support of Israel and attacks on the Palestinians].

June 8, 2022: **POSTPONED** The House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact will hold a hearing, The FY23 Budget Request: United Nations and International Organizations.” The sole scheduled witness (so far) is Michele J. Sison,  Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs [Note: any discussion in Congress of the UN can be counted on to be an occasion for extensive grandstanding in support of Israel and attacks on the Palestinians].

June 8, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a two-panel hearing entitled, The Path Forward On U.S.-Syria Policy: Strategy And Accountability.” Witnesses on panel 1 were newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf (statement) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Dana Stroul (statement). Panel 2 witnesses were Dr. Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (statement),  and witness who is given the name, “The Gravedigger”, described as “Witness to Mass Graves in Syria” (statement).

3. On the Record

Media – General

Washington Free Beacon 6/9/22: Republicans Want To Slash Aid to Iraq, Lebanon, and the United Nations

The Dispatch (Danielle Pletka) 6/9/22: Bad News for Biden: Congress Cooling on Idea of an Iran Deal

Responsible Statecraft 6/1/22: Congress begins effort to end US role in Yemen war

Media & Members – Elections

General

The Jewish Chronicle (UK) 6/8/22: Saint Bernie: the Democrats’ moral compass? [hit piece attacking Sen. Sanders, I-VT]

Haaretz 6/7/22: Racist Antisemites, but pro-Israel: The Choice Facing U.S. Orthodox Jews at the Polls

Al Jazeera 6/7/22: US elections: How pro-Israel spending affects Palestine advocacy

Arab American Institute 6/5/22: ​​The Progressive/Moderate Battle in the Democratic Party

The Forward 6/3/22: Why are AIPAC and J Street endorsing the same candidates?

Washington Examiner 6/2/22: Democrats go to war against Israel

FrontPage Magazine 6/2/22: The Last Jewish Congressman in New York

Michigan – Levin

The American Prospect 6/9/22: Will AIPAC Crush One of Congress’s Most Prominent Jewish Democrats? [“Former union organizer and synagogue president Andy Levin is being challenged by AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups, largely over his progressive views.”]

AIPAC 06/07/2022: Tweet – “55 years ago today, Israel reunited Jerusalem and opened the city to people of all faiths. Now, @Andy_Levin is leading an effort to divide Jerusalem once again and cut the Jewish Quarter and Western Wall from Israel. That’s not pro-Israel.”

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @dylanotes – “AIPAC uses disinformation techniques to spread lies about candidates. It funds 109 lawmakers who sided with insurrectionists to overturn our election. It endorses advocates of the deadly antisemitic “great replacement” conspiracy theory. AIPAC’s actions threaten our democracy. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @harryreis – “This is astounding. Just straight misinformation. But the real question is how Democrats who accept @AIPAC endorsements or PAC money are okay with this. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @N8W0LF – “@AIPAC @Andy_Levin Ever wonder how AIPAC gets 160 RTs in 5 minutes on certain tweets that attack progressives, but NOT on their usual tweets? It’s astroturfing. 100% astroturfing. And it’s because they know the actual majority of American Jews don’t agree with their far-right positions. Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @jacobkornbluh – ““What I really think is happening, and won’t work, is a politics of intimidation in the Jewish community to try to tear me down,” Rep. @Andy_Levin told me re; AIPAC’s attacks Jewish congressman calls attacks by AIPAC ‘ridiculous’ | forward.com   Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @dylanotes – “This is a lie. There is not one way in which this assertion about @Andy_Levin is true. AIPAC has fully embraced Donald Trump’s “facts don’t matter” approach just like the 100+ insurrectionist-aligned lawmakers it funds and endorses. It’s utterly shameful what AIPAC’s become. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Twitter thread – “I’m overwhelmed by the encouraging messages since this clip was shared. Y’all, @AIPAC has already started running digital ads against me. I need you to chip in so we can send a message that they won’t silence our moral movement…”

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @dylanotes – “Andy Levin does far more for Israel’s democracy and security than most lawmakers. AIPAC undermines America’s democracy and security by funding 100+ lawmakers who sided with violent insurrectionists and endorsing advocates of the deadly antisemitic “great replacement” conspiracy. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @DrShushan – “¡POP QUIZ! On the L: Former synagogue prez, union organizer, progressive champ @Andy_Levin On the R: Insurrectionist Repub Greg Steub who flashes guns in a committee hearing & believes “there is no place for abortion in a civilized society” Which one is endorsed by @AIPAC? Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @jstreetdotorg – “This election, there’s a clear moral test: The choice between supporting insurrectionists and fighting for our democracy. It’s remarkably sad that some organizations have failed that test. Link to image

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @Bsamuels0 – “A must-listen @AllisonKSommer interview with @RepAndyLevin on this week’s @haaretzcom podcast on his contentious Michigan primary battle, @AIPAC’s role in funding attacks against progressive candidates and who gets to define being “pro-Israel” LISTEN: AIPAC Wants to Defeat this Jewish Democrat. He’s fighting back

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @DrShushan – “Rep. @Andy_Levin: “My Jewish identity is central to everything I do.” “I’m a happy warrior for justice & I do it in the most Jewish way.” “To use the kind of language that they’re using against me just because I won’t tow AIPAC’s exact line is wrong.” LISTEN: AIPAC Wants to Defeat this Jewish Democrat. He’s fighting back

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @BoldProgressive – “Corporate dark money groups like AIPAC are going all out to try to defeat Andy Levin. But we can’t let them. Andy has put everything on the line to champion the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, & the PRO Act. Help reelect the Shop Steward of Congress!

Michigan – Tlaib

Arab American News 6/5/22: Pro-Israel, pro-corporate outside funds thrown at campaign opposing Talib in 12th District primary

New York

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “#Endorsement Alert  Harley Lippman, the 2022 Grand Marshal of the Israel Day Parade, has endorsed me for re-election to represent #NY12 I represent a vibrant Jewish community & am proud of the work Harley & I have done to combat anti-Semitism. Link to image

Nadler (D-NY-10) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Honored to receive @USJewishDems endorsement. As the Dean of the Jewish House Members, I’m proud of our work together fighting anti-semitism and domestic terrorism, standing up for Israel and a two-state solution, and promoting the Jewish values of equality and justice. #NY12 Link to quoted tweet

Nevada

Jewish Insider 6/9/22: Las Vegas congressional candidate endorsed BDS movement in DSA questionnaire

Illinois

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @halalflow – “Marie Newman who didn’t go against the party in anyway — even voted for the bipartisan Infrastructure bill — gets 100s of 1000s spent against her by DMFI, because she was mildly critical of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians: Link to quoted tweet

Newman (D-IL-3) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @BoldProgressive – “In #IL06, corporate-funded PACs like DMFI are doubling down on their efforts to take out progressive women. Bold progressive champion @Marie4Congress says: “I’m just not having it.” Neither are we — chip in to keep Marie Newman in Congress! A loss for any of these progressives could cost Democrats control of Congress…. | pccc.me

The Intercept 6/2/22: With New Ad Buy, DMFI Turns Its Sights on Another Progressive Candidate: Rep. Marie Newman [Re-tweeted by Newman (D-IL-3), Newman (D-IL-3)]

New Jersey

Jewish Insider 6/7/22: Which Republican will take on top GOP target Josh Gottheimer?

California

AIPAC 6/8/22: Tweet – “Yet another AIPAC-backed pro-Israel progressive wins their election against an anti-Israel candidate! Congratulations to @RobertGarcia on your win! Support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is both good policy and good politics.”

United Democracy Project (AIPAC PAC) 6/8/22: tweet – “United Democracy Project congratulates pro-Israel progressive Democratic candidate Robert Garcia (CA-42)…. Mayor Garcia’s win makes it clear, yet again, that support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is both good policy and good politics in primary elections.” [saying the traditionally quiet part loud and proud here]

Jewish Insider 6/7/22: Quaye Quartey outlines approach to Israel in position paper ahead of California primary

Jewish Insider 6/7/22: Meet the four candidates vying to represent one of L.A.’s Jewish hubs

Jewish Insider 6/6/22: In Orange County, a controversial challenger threatens to boot Young Kim off the ballot

Jewish Insider 6/3/22: In South L.A. race, same last name but different political styles — and approaches on Israel

Nebraska

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “ENDORSEMENT ALERT The @RJC has endorsed my campaign for re-election! From my time in the Air Force helping stand up missile defense in Israel to my time in Congress championing the security and prosperity of the Jewish community, I’m honored by this endorsement. Link to image

 

Members on the Record

Slamming Biden Admin for Enhancing Status of Palestinian Section at US Embassy

Scott (R-FL) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “Just like they do with Iran, this is the Biden admin appeasing those who harbor & sponsor terrorism & turning its back on our great ally, Israel. We must pass the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 to block the admin’s efforts to subvert the law. Link to quoted tweet

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Last year, I forced the Biden Admin to admit that the US can’t open an official US consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem without the consent of the Gov. of Israel, but the Admin now appears to be trying to create an unofficial US consulate. I unequivocally oppose this plan. Link to image

Zeldin (R-NY) 6/10/22: press release – Rep. Zeldin Statement on Biden Admin’s New Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem

Hagerty (R-TN) 6/9/22: press release – Hagerty Statement on the Biden Administration’s Plan to Circumvent U.S. Law and Create an Unofficial U.S. Consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem

 

Palestine/Palestinians

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @RepRashida – “Social media has been one of the only places for us to get first-hand accounts from Palestinians about the occupation & violence they face. That’s why I’m writing to urge @Facebook, @instagram, @Twitter & @tiktok_us to cease censorship and ensure Palestinian voices are heard. Link to image

Tenney (R-NY) + JINSA’s Michael Makovsky 6/8/22: Newsweek op-ed — The Biden Administration Must Crack Down on Hamas’ Disinformation Campaign

Lesko (R-AZ-8) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “I signed on to @RepBrianMast and @RepLeeZeldin’s bill to require the State Department to report on whether schools in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority or Gaza are teaching material that incites hatred against Israel.

Bush (D-MO-1) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @RepPressley – “Housing is a human right. The destruction of these homes and displacement of these families would be devastating. We’re calling on Secretary Blinken to engage immediately. #MasaferYatta Progressive Lawmakers Demand Stop to Israeli “War Crime” in Masafer… | jewishcurrents.org

 

Attacking BDS & “Mapping” project

Jewish Insider 6/9/22: Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says — with comments from Auchincloss (D-MA),

Schatz (D-HI) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “This is horrific and dangerous, and will imperil people. Link to quoted tweet

Clark (D-MA) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “My response to the “Mapping Project” [full statement]

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “BDS is anti-Semitic through and through, and I will ALWAYS condemn those who condone and take part in it. I stand with Ritchie in speaking out against this disgusting and hateful act. Link to quoted tweet

Nadler (D-NY-10) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Not only is BDS counterproductive and destructive to Middle East peace, this is an extremely dangerous use of antisemitic tropes that could lead to violence. This group should apologize and take down this reprehensible, grossly antisemitic “project” immediately. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @BurtonJM – “Strong, and greatly appreciated, message from ⁦@RepAuchincloss⁩ re Boston BDS map of Jewish groups, saying it has ‘potential to incite violence.’ #mapoli (⁦@J_Insider⁩) Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says | jewishinsider.com

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Boston BDS & the Mapping Project are tapping into millennia-old antisemitic tropes. To name names & keep lists, which has a sinister resonance to the targeting of Jews throughout history, is irresponsible. They need to take down the map & apologize Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says… | jewishinsider.com

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @J_Insider – “.@RepAuchincloss denounced the chart, created and circulated by a Boston pro-BDS group, that alleged Jewish groups were connected to a network of government, media and police Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says | jewishinsider.com

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Thank you @RepAuchincloss for your moral leadership and outspoken opposition to the discriminatory anti-Israel, anti-peace BDS campaign. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @DemMaj4Israel – “Thank you, @RepAuchincloss, for speaking out and condemning this blatant and dangerous antisemitism from Boston BDS and the Mapping Project. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @RWPUSA – “On January 6 we learned how fragile democracy can be. Rep. @JakeAuch exposes another extremist group for inciting hate and potential violence. Frightening. Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says Boston BDS map of Jewish groups has ‘potential to incite violence,’ Auchincloss says… | jewishinsider.com

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 06/09/2022: Retweet of @J_Insider – “Read today’s #DailyKickoff: Auchincloss blasts Boston BDS map Full briefing Daily Kickoff: Auchincloss blasts Boston BDS map… | jewishinsider.com

Moulton (D-MA-6) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Targeting the Jewish community like this is wrong and it is dangerous. It is irresponsible. This project is an anti-Semitic enemies list with a map attached.Link to quoted tweet

Torres (D-NY-15) 06/08/2022: Twitter thread – “The BDS movement put together “a mapping project” that accuses Jewish and “Zionist” institutions of various evils in American society. Scapegoating is a common symptom of Antisemitism, which at its core is a conspiracy theory.BDS map ties police, media to Boston Jewish, ‘Zionist’ institutions… | jpost.com   BDS map ties police, media to Boston Jewish, ‘Zionist’ institutions… | jpost.com If you think “Zionists” are to blame for the ills of American society, you are as much of a conspiratorial crackpot as Marjorie Taylor Greene, with her sick fantasies about Jewish space lasers.

 

Targeting UN Commission of Inquiry 

Frankel (D-FL-21) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “I spoke with @USAmbUN about the need for U.S. engagement to combat anti-Israel bias & antisemitism within the @UN_HRC & @UNRWA, & expressed my continued support for UN organizations focused on empowering women & girls, such as the @UNFPA & @UN_Women. Watch our discussion: Link to video

Letlow (R-LA-5) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “At today’s @HouseAppropsGOP subcommittee hearing, we questioned @USAmbUN about what the United States is doing to push back against the UN Human Rights Council’s unfair targeting of Israel. Link to video

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The Commission of Inquiry’s report to @UN_HRC continues to demonstrate a clear and undeserved bias against Israel. This report will do nothing to advance prospects for a two-state solution. UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians… | timesofisrael.com

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/08/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaul: “It is no surprise that this one-sided commission produced a one-sided report to promote the longstanding anti-Israel bias of the UN Human Rights Council, which continues to whitewash real crises like the CCP’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs. “This open-ended commission is a dangerous example of how UN agencies and international organizations can be unfairly weaponized against democracies. The United States must reject these distortions and stand with our ally Israel.”UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians… | tinyurl.com

Rice (D-NY-4) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Glad to see @StateDept calling out the UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry’s report on Israel for what it is: a biased one-sided report that does nothing to promote peace. This obsession with demonizing Israel must stop. Link to quoted tweet

Rogers (R-AL-3) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Another example of why Congress must pass my legislation to withdraw the United States from the United Nations. The UN is completely worthless and their anti-Israel bias is disgusting. UN continues to show bias against Israel – editorial

Manning (D-NC-6) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The UN Commission of Inquiry issued the first report in its open-ended probe targeting and aimed at discrediting Israel. I remain committed to pushing back against this biased investigation and UNHRC’s clear pattern of singling out and undermining Israel. Press Releases… | bit.ly

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The first report from the UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry confirmed that the process would be biased from the get-go. I appreciate the Biden Administration’s continued efforts to strongly push back on those at the UN who continue to advance their scurrilous obsession with Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Portman (R-OH) 06/07/2022: Twitter thread – “This report by the @UN_HRC ‘s Commission of Inquiry is simply yet another baseless attack by the UN against the legitimacy of our ally Israel. The report reinforces previous biased UN reports on the conflict, whitewashes Palestinian terrorism, and places blame for the current conflict on Israelis. The facts are that Israel is a prosperous and democratic country which respects the rights of all people. It is the terrorists in Gaza and the unproductive leaders of the West Bank that are the greatest impediments to peace, not Israel.”

Risch (R-ID) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The @UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on #Israel released a biased report today. I do not support this Commission of Inquiry or its findings. The @UN needs to stop picking on Israel & focus on worse human rights abusers such as #Putin & #Xi.”

Schneider (D-IL-10) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @StateDeptSpox – “The U.S. seeks a negotiated two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. The @HRC’s open-ended, biased, and vaguely defined Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza does not advance prospects for that peace. The UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on the Situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza – United States Department of State

Tenney (R-NY-22) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @jinsadc – “On this week’s UN report raising “serious concerns regarding the compliance of Israel with…international humanitarian law,” @RepTenney and JINSA CEO @MichaelMakovsky write: “there is neither truth nor legal basis for such claims.” Via @Newsweek The Biden administration must crack down on Hamas’ disinformation campaign | Opinion

Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The clearly biased @UN_HRC’s Commission of Inquiry report continues a longstanding pattern of singling out and undermining Israel at the HRC. The existence of the prejudiced Inquiry Commission does nothing but undermine the prospects for peace. UN probe blames Israel for perpetuating conflict with Palestinians… | timesofisrael.com

 

Israel

Kelly (D-AZ) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “I’m advocating that we fully fund U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs, including Iron Dome, in this year’s defense appropriations. A bipartisan group of us in the Senate are working to ensure support for Israel’s self defense and joint R&D to counter shared threats.”

Green (R-TN-7) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Tehran is a state sponsor of terrorism, has killed U.S. soldiers, and threatens Israel’s existence. Disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations must stop immediately. Iran Turns Off U.N. Surveillance Cameras at Nuclear Site – The New York Times

Chabot (R-OH-1) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “As co-chair of the Israel Allies Caucus, I had the opportunity to speak at the @IsraelAllies Foundation Jerusalem Day event. It is important that we fight for an indivisible Jerusalem and help combat antisemitism. Thank you for having me! Link to image

Israeli Ambassador to US 6/8/22: Tweet – “It was a pleasure to meet with @RepGregoryMeekstoday. We discussed some of the most pressing issues facing our two nations and ways to broaden bilateral and regional cooperation. Thank you for your strong support of Israel and continued friendship.”

Perry (R-PA-10) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “So any comment from @POTUS or @SpeakerPelosi on #Iran’s latest military threat against #Israel, or too busy prepping political theater and character assassinations?

Long (R-MO-7) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “#Ukraine urges #Israel to buy #IronDome | The Daily StarUkraine urges Israel to buy Iron Dome… | thedailystar.net

Khanna (D-CA) 06/07/2022: Statement in the Record – Honoring The Service Of Israel’s Consul General To The Pacific Northwest Shlomi Kofman

Weber (R-TX-14) 06/05/2022: In reply to Tweet“@IDF Eternal vigilance is what’s in order. (Thank GOD for our IDF!) And a willingness to negotiate is in order to live in peace. Are the terrorists listening, or do they only understand power & strength? Keep up y’all’s superb protection IDF! GOD be with y’all!”

Long (R-MO-7) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @BreitbartNews – “The Israeli Air Force simulated an attack on Iranian nuclear targets with dozens of fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday night, the Israeli military said. Israeli Air Force Simulates Attack on Iran Nuclear Targets | trib.al

Cornyn (R-TX) 06/04/2022: Tweet – “Israel Builds a Laser Weapon to Zap Threats Out of the SkyIsrael Builds a Laser Weapon to Zap Threats Out of the Sky – The New York Times

Cornyn (R-TX) 06/04/2022: Retweet of @naftalibennett – “Israel has successfully tested the new “Iron Beam” laser interception system. This is the world’s first energy-based weapons system that uses a laser to shoot down incoming UAVs, rockets & mortars at a cost of $3.50 per shot. It may sound like science fiction, but it’s real. Link to video

Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @AIPAC – “Join us Sunday on the AIPAC app for a conversation with @MarioDB and learn about his support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Click here to register and watch: Join me on the AIPAC App… | app.aipac.org @MarioDBCamp Link to video

Wilson (R-SC-2) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Happy to see the inaugural meeting of the US Israel Operations Technology Working Group taking place. I was grateful to introduce a bipartisan bill this Congress pushing for its full implementation. Link to quoted tweet

Smith (R-NE) 06/03/2022: press release/essay – Standing with Israel

 

Syria

Risch (R-ID) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Until the regime, and it’s #Russian and #Iranian backers, are held to account for their crimes in #Syria, this will never be over. We must condemn any effort to normalize Bashar al-Assad. Assad is not normal, he’s a brutal & murderous dictator. Ranking Member Risch Questions Witnesses on Panel One at Hearing on U.S.-Syria Policy… | youtube.com

Kinzinger (R-IL-16) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “Link to image   Link to quoted tweet

Cornyn (R-TX) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Lebanese spy chief says he will visit Syria over missing U.S. reporter Lebanese spy chief says he will visit Syria over missing U.S. reporter | Reuters@Austin_Tice”

 

Iran

Blackburn (R-TN) 06/10/2022: Tweet – “Reviving the 2015 nuclear deal should be off the table. Iran has shown the world time and time again that they cannot be trusted. Opinion | The Iranian Nuclear Deal Dream Never Dies

Burchett (R-TN-2) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Thank you ⁦@insidevoa⁩ for talking with us about the horrible situation in Iran and their nuclear capabilities which we are facilitating. Link to image

Markey (D-MA) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Iran has just disabled the UN cameras that monitor enrichment levels at nuclear facilities. There is still time to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon and a needless war, but it requires all sides returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal now. Link to quoted tweet

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: The @IAEAOrg was right to censure #Iran for its continued non-compliance with its nuclear Safeguards Agreement. Iran must become compliant and cease its provocative nuclear behavior. This vote shows the world is losing patience. Iran slams censure by UN watchdog in new cloud over nuclear talks… | news.yahoo.com

Perry (R-PA-10) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Proud to support freedom-loving Iranian people. #FreeIran #IranProtests Link to quoted tweet

Sullivan (R-AK) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “There is nobody in the Biden administration who more regularly undermines America’s national interests than John Kerry. Our so-called Climate Czar is well known for kowtowing to the Chinese Communist Party, kissing up to Iranian terrorists, all while trying to kill U.S. energy. Link to video

Wicker (R-MS) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Iran continues to race toward a nuclear weapon, but President Biden still wants to rejoin a flawed deal. Even Democrats in Congress agree – you cannot make a deal with a fundamentally corrupt and dishonest regime.

Burchett (R-TN-2) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Thank you ⁦@VoiceofAmerica7⁩ for talking with us about the horrible situation in Iran. Link to image

Cotton (R-AR) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Nothing to see here. Link to quoted tweet

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/09/2022: Twitter thread – “Pleased to see the IAEA Board of Governors adopt a resolution censuring Iran submitted by the US & our European partners which criticizes Iran’s consistent failure to answer the IAEA’s outstanding questions regarding uranium particles found at undeclared Iranian nuclear sites. Iran’s failure to answer the IAEA’s questions is particularly egregious considering Iran agreed to a 3-month plan to resolve this in March. Iran’s refusal to be forthcoming raises further questions about how any nuclear deal w/ Iran could possibly be verifiable & enforceable. This censure resolution is an important step to address Iran’s confrontational behavior towards the IAEA,counter Iran’s increasingly escalatory nuclear behavior, and strengthen the int’l nuclear non-proliferation movement which must ensure that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon.” Retweeted by Meeks (D-NY-5).

Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) 06/08/2022: Twitter thread – “During the #SummitAmericas, the Biden Admin should: 1. Include civil society, independent journalists, human rights activists, former political prisoners, & independent labor activists, particularly from totalitarian countries where these brave heroes are the true leaders. 2. Refuse all attempts to legitimize illegitimate, unelected dictatorships that perpetrate egregious human rights abuses and threaten U.S. national security interests. 3. Emphasize the malign influence posed by #CCPChina, #Russia, #Cuba, #Iran, #Nicaragua, and the #Maduro regime in our hemisphere. 4. Coordinate strategies for nearshoring and bringing critical manufacturing to the Americas so that we are not held hostage by dangerous adversaries for energy, medicines, tech, and other basic necessities. 5. Galvanize other countries in the Americas to support us in strengthening democracy, liberty, and human rights and opposing tyranny.”

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/09/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaul: “I am glad the IAEA censured Iran for its obstructionism. It is telling that Russia and the PRC opposed the censure – they cannot be trusted to negotiate a nuclear deal. The Iranian regime responded by further limiting the IAEA’s visibility of its nuclear work. “The regime is obviously violating international norms to further its malign activities. We need to focus on overwhelming economic pressure to compel them to stop.

Menendez (D-NJ) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “ICYMI: #SFRC Chairman Menendez statement on yesterday’s @iaeaorg vote to censure Iran for its glaring lack of cooperation & transparency regarding its undeclared nuclear materials: Link to image

Risch (R-ID) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Iran’s censure at the @iaeaorg Board of Governors meeting today is a long-overdue step. #Iran responded to this censure with the removal of IAEA monitoring equipment – making it clear yet again that the regime is acting in bad faith. Link to quoted tweet

Hagerty (R-TN) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “It’s long past due for the @iaeaorg’s 35-nation Board of Governors to censure the Iranian regime for noncompliance & refer the case to the U.N. Security Council. Moreover, the Biden Admin should revive maximum pressure, not the flawed Iran nuclear deal. UN nuclear watchdog urges Iran to comply with monitoring… | washingtonpost.com

Hoeven (R-ND) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Cosponsoring this legislation to ensure we hold Iran and China accountable for their destabilizing and terrorist activities and human rights abuses & to prevent the Biden administration from using taxpayer dollars to advance a nuclear agreement with Iran. Link to quoted tweet

Keller (R-PA-12) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “Instead of the Biden administration calling on Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other nations that don’t have our best interests in mind to produce more energy, we must instead put faith back in our domestic energy producers to meet our energy needs.” Keller: Biden administration should support domestic drilling… | standard-journal.com

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The Iran deal was working until the former president unilaterally withdrew from it. Now is the time for the P5+1 to redouble their efforts and reach an agreement so that Iran cannot produce more fissile material. #DiplomacyWorks

Stewart (R-UT-2) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “President Biden’s State Department is publicly worried about secret nuclear activity in Iran, but he keeps negotiating with them anyway. Trusting Iran without verification is bad policy. Link to video

Womack (R-AR-3) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “The Biden White House energy agenda is: Pro-foreign dependence Pro-Chinese solar panels made with slave labor Pro-considering Venezuela and Iran oil Pro-draining our emergency Strategic Petroleum Reserve Anti-American production We are paying for these policies at the pump. Link to quoted tweet

Blackburn (R-TN) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @Kredo0 – “JUST IN: Chinese Surveillance Giant Arming Iran With Advanced Spy Tech Amid Crackdown on Protestors — Sen. @MarshaBlackburn and colleagues move to disrupt $400 billion CCP-Tehran alliance Chinese Surveillance Giant Arms Iran With Advanced Spy Tech… | freebeacon.com

Meeks (D-NY) and McCaul (R-TX) 6/6/22: press release – Meeks, McCaul Release Statement Regarding U.S. Hostages Held in Iran Tweets – McCaul (R-TX-10), Meeks (D-NY-5)

Bacon (R-NE-2) 06/05/2022: Retweet of @IAC_NE – “Our community appreciates bipartisan support by policymakers across the US in solidarity with #IranProtests & for a Secular, Democratic, Non-nuclear Republic #Iran. #FreeIran2022 @RepDonBacon Link to quoted tweet

Cotton (R-AR) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @KatieBrittforAL – “As the Biden Administration was working to give sanctions relief to Iran, Iran was trying to hack the Boston Children’s Hospital. Rejoining the Iran Deal would be a dangerous mistake. #alsen FBI Director Says Agency Thwarted Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital… | nbcboston.com

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/03/2022: Twitter thread – “The IAEA will soon report that Iran again failed to answer its questions about uranium particles found at 3 undeclared sites & that Iran’s stockpile of 60% enriched uranium has passed a “significant quantity” meaning possibility of manufacturing a weapon cannot be excluded. (1/2) Link to quoted tweet Iran must never get a nuclear weapon. I look forward to building on my conversations with DG Grossi in Vienna to ensure that Iran’s nuclear capabilities and its obstruction of the IAEA are addressed at the upcoming IAEA Board of Governor’s meeting. (2/2)

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Iran must immediately release the two Greek ships it seized and their crews. Maritime security is national security. This blatant act of piracy is yet another reminder that Iran’s regional aggression must be addressed for the US, the Mid East, & the int’l community to be secure. Link to quoted tweet

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “These are the people President Biden is looking to cut another disastrous deal with and who he rather buy oil from when we can use our own natural resources. FBI Chief Blames Iran for Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital… | wsj.com

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Thank you, @FBI and @BostonChildrens for mitigating the Iranian regime’s attack on a children’s hospital. Iran must be held accountable for this despicable act, and our critical infrastructure and institutions must be defended against such vile attacks. FBI Chief Blames Iran for Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital… | on.wsj.com

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “LR @RepMcCaul: “Violence against protestors. Cutting off the internet. Detaining a journalist. The Iranian regime must stop these despicable human rights violations. The Iranian people have a right to free assembly and free speech.” Death toll in Iran building collapse rises to 37… | wapo.st

McCaul (R-TX-10) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “LR @RepMcCaul: “IAEA reports Iran continues to obstruct investigation of Iran’s undeclared nuclear material & has enough 60% HEU for a nuclear weapon. Iran must be censured at the IAEA Board of Govs meeting. “The Biden administration must end its nuclear talks and pressure Iran to stop its malign activities.

Murkowski (R-AK) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “Hard to believe the Biden administration is cheering on OPEC+, and looking to ease sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, while stalling U.S. projects and canceling U.S. lease sales. This is their energy policy at record-high gas prices? It makes zero sense to promote foreign supply while shackling U.S. producers. #UnleashAmericanEnergy

Scott (R-SC) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Iran has stockpiled enough uranium to produce a nuclear weapon. Yet, the Biden Administration continues negotiations to revive the failed Iran Nuclear Deal. A nuclear-armed Iran makes the world less safe. Iran’s enriched uranium now 18 times more than nuclear deal’s limit, UN watchdog says… | foxnews.com

Egypt

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Recently my office helped an Egyptian immigrant, caught in the red tape of the immigration system for 4 years, become a proud U.S. citizen. Read more about how we cut through bureaucracy to help.  Malliotakis Helps Egyptian Immigrant Become Citizen After Four Years of Red Tape… | malliotakis.house.gov

Kushner & Saudi Arabia

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “You don’t need to be Chair of the Oversight Cmte or on the Financial Services Cmte to know something doesn’t smell right with the $2BILLION Saudi investment from Crown Prince MBS’s fund into Jared Kushner’s unproven firm. Today would be a good day for Jared to release the docs. Link to quoted tweet

Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) 06/07/2022: Retweet of @AliVelshi – “What exactly has Jared Kushner been up to in Saudi Arabia? The House Oversight intends to find out. “For six years, I’ve been sounding the alarm about Jared Kushner being a walking, talking conflict of interest,” says @CongressmanRaja. #Velshi Rep. Krishnamoorthi wants to know what Jared Kushner is up to in Saudi Arabia… | ow.ly

Swalwell (D-CA-15) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @CREWcrew – “Jared Kushner is being investigated by the House Oversight Committee for possibly trading on his official position in order to get $2 billion from Saudi Arabia for his investment fund, and we think that’s some great news to start off your week.”

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “I am demanding Jared Kushner produce his communications with Saudi Crown Prince MBS, Saudi officials, or Saudi Arabia from 2017 to the present relating his family’s present or future business ventures. Jared Kushner Now Under Congressional Investigation for Landing Sketchy Saudi Investment… | rollingstone.com

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/03/2022: Retweet of @nytimes – “The House is investigating whether Jared Kushner traded on his government position to land a $2 billion investment in his new private equity firm from a prominent Saudi Arabian wealth fund, lawmakers said Thursday. House Panel Examining Jared Kushner Over Saudi Investment in New Firm… | nyti.ms

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Kushner’s support for Saudi Arabia was unwavering, even as they carried out human rights abuses and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. And after leaving the WH his investment firm raised $2 BILLION from Crown Prince MBS’s controlled fund. I’m investigating. House Panel Examining Jared Kushner Over Saudi Investment in New Firm… | nytimes.com

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “The day after the Trump Admin ended, Kushner created his investment firm, Affinity. 6 months later it secured a massive $2B investment from Saudi Crown Prince MBS. I am investigating how his financial interests may have influenced foreign policy. Link to quoted tweet

Maloney (D-NY-12) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Senior Saudi officials had concerns about the “inexperience of [Jared Kushner’s firm’s] management” and concluded the firm’s operations were “unsatisfactory in all aspects.” Yet they were overridden by the sovereign wealth fund board led by MBS. I’m investigating. Link to quoted tweet

Swalwell (D-CA-15) 06/02/2022: Retweet of @TVietor08 – “This is an incredibly important investigation. It’s not just that Jared is getting a kickback for all the favors and murder coverups he did for the Saudis in the past, it’s also a downpayment on what they hope he will do for them in the future. Link to quoted tweet

Saudi Arabia

Cotton (R-AR) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “The media is wrong to attack golfers for participating in a tournament backed by Saudi Arabia, an important Gulf partner. Many of these sanctimonious outlets make money from our enemy, the Chinese Communist Party—pure hypocrisy.

Cotton (R-AR) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “The same PGA that partnered with China is attacking golfers for playing in a tournament funded by Saudi Arabia. What a joke.”

Fischbach (R-MN-7) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Biden has been begging dictators and foreign adversaries for help easing gas prices. Why? We have the ability to increase our own gas production and lower prices right here in the USA! Biden officials in Saudi Arabia for talks on oil, planned visit… | axios.com

Huffman (D-CA-2) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “This trip is a terrible idea. ‘Pariah’ no more? Democrats grit their teeth over Biden’s Saudi trip… | politico.com

Long (R-MO-7) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @ClayTravis – “How many sports media members currently grilling pro golfers about joining the LIV tour would leave their current jobs for $100k in extra pay a year for a Saudi Arabian owned sports media company? I’m going with 100%.”

Doggett (D-TX-35) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Harrowing, groundbreaking new investigation makes plain the unthinkable but true unauthorized U.S. involvement in the brutal, Saudi-led war in Yemen—an involvement which I continue to vocally oppose, as a sponsor of the Yemen War Powers Resolution. Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have been called war crimes. Many relied on U.S. support…. | washingtonpost.com

Doggett (D-TX-35) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “We demand a total end to American involvement and support for a coalition committing war crimes. Link to quoted tweet

LaMalfa (R-CA-1) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Instead of unleashing American gas production to drive down costs, Biden is begging Saudi Arabia for their oil. He’s hurting Americans while simultaneously lining the pockets of OPEC oligarchs. Whatever happened to making Saudi Arabia a “pariah” like he promised when campaigning?

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “This @washingtonpost analysis confirms what we already knew: US support enabled the Saudi-led coalition to commit war crimes. We are overdue for accountability for these strikes and a reckoning on how the US enables partners to commit human rights abuses. Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have been called war crimes. Many relied on U.S. support…. | washingtonpost.com

Smith (D-WA-9) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Saudi Arabia’s leadership has repeatedly acted at odds with U.S. policy and values — recalibrating the relationship is long overdue. Proud to join @HouseIntel, @HouseForeign, @OversightDems, and @HomelandDems colleagues in sharing our priorities with @POTUS. Link to quoted tweet

Bishop (R-NC-9) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @Jim_Jordan – “Gas prices have more than doubled since President Biden took office. President Biden’s answer? Beg the Saudis for more oil. Why not just increase AMERICAN oil production?

Bowman (D-NY-16) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “A transition to renewable energy not only increases our chances of a livable future, but decreases the power of autocratic governments like Saudi Arabia’s to exert influence on the global stage.

Burchett (R-TN-2) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “That’s really unfortunate because people are hurting ⁦@POTUS⁩ White House says oil production ‘not the focus’ of conversations with Saudi Arabia… | news.yahoo.com

Jordan (R-OH-4) 06/06/2022: Tweet – “Gas prices have more than doubled since President Biden took office. President Biden’s answer? Beg the Saudis for more oil. Why not just increase AMERICAN oil production?” Also on GETTR

Long (R-MO-7) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @The_FJC – “Will Saudi Arabia make Biden wear a Burka before they bend him over as he’s begging for more oil?”

Perry (R-PA-10) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Gas prices have now officially DOUBLED under @POTUS’s incompetence. What’s his plan? Grovel to the Saudis, continue his regulatory assault on US Energy, keep letting American families and job creators suffer. #Bidenflation #BidenGasHike”

Rosendale (R-MT-0) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “Today’s national gas price average is $4.91 per gallon. Biden would rather beg Saudi Arabia and other foreign adversaries for oil instead of restoring American energy production. American families are suffering, and this Administration is doing nothing to alleviate the pain.”

Wyden (D-OR) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “The supporters of this Saudi-affiliated golf tour coming to Oregon at the end of June are shamelessly pocketing blood money being “sports-washed” by a regime that murders journalists & helps its nationals escape U.S. justice in our state & nationwide.Dustin Johnson quits PGA Tour, joins Phil Mickelson in Saudi-backed LIV Golf – The Washington Post

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/05/2022: Retweet of @justinamash – “U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen is criminal. America should not be arming or aiding these atrocities in any way. Presidents Obama, Trump, and Biden should be held accountable as well as the members of Congress who shilled for the weapons sales. Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 06/06/2022: Retweet of @RepAdamSchiff – “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia ordered the brutal murder of an American resident and journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. For that — and many other human rights violations — he should be shunned. I would not meet with him or shake his hand. President Biden shouldn’t either. Link to video

Schiff (D-CA-28) 06/05/2022: Tweet – “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia ordered the brutal murder of an American resident and journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. For that — and many other human rights violations — he should be shunned. I would not meet with him or shake his hand. President Biden shouldn’t either. Link to video

Schiff (D-CA-28) 06/05/2022: Retweet of @FaceTheNation – “Should President Biden go to Saudi Arabia and meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? “In my view, no. I wouldn’t go, I wouldn’t shake his hand. This is someone who butchered an American resident,” says Rep. Adam Schiff. Link to video

Babin (R-TX-36) 06/04/2022: Tweet – “Biden seems to “lean toward” every option except America. @POTUS: Stop looking to foreign dictators and unleash U.S. energy NOW! As gas prices soar, Biden leans toward visiting Saudi Arabia… | apnews.com

Levin (D-MI-9) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “.@POTUS should NOT meet w/ MBS. MBS approved journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder—according to his own admin! MBS is responsible for human rights violations at home & abroad. This sends a terrible signal to the global community & undermines US credibility Biden to Travel to Saudi Arabia, Ending Its ‘Pariah’ Status… | nytimes.com

Meijer (R-MI-3) 06/04/2022: Retweet of @SpencerJCox – “Great. Instead of drastically increasing oil/gas production (and more renewables) in a country with some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world (hint: it’s ours), let’s beg the Saudis. They seem really nice and responsible. Brilliant. Bravo guys. Link to quoted tweet

Arrington (R-TX-19) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “President Biden’s plea with Riyadh to lower domestic energy prices is weak, foolish, and a slap in the face to U.S. producers who provide the cleanest, safest, and most affordable oil and gas anywhere in the world. Link to quoted tweet

Biggs (R-AZ-5) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Biden is apparently looking to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss our oil and gas crisis with regional leaders in the Middle East. Instead of meeting with foreign regimes thousands of miles away, Joe ought to be having these talks with American oil and gas producers here at home.”

Cline (R-VA-6) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “This is a national embarrassment and an insult to Americans who are paying at the pump. Biden has deliberately undermined our energy independence, and this is the result: kowtowing to foreign dictators. America needs #EnergyIndependenceNow Biden Likely to Visit Saudi Arabia as US Gasoline Prices Spiral, Sources Say… | bloomberg.com

Johnson (R-OH-6) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “It’s disappointing that President Biden prefers begging Middle Eastern royalty to pump more oil instead of unleashing the resources we have under our feet here at home. American families should never be put in such a dependent, vulnerable position. #OPEC”

Joyce (R-OH-14) 06/03/2022: Twitter thread – “The President needs to reach out to American oil and gas producers here at home to solve our #EnergyCrisis instead of turning to Middle Eastern powers We should be using American energy to counter foreign regimes, not relying on them for our energy needs As Gas Prices Soar, Biden Leans Toward Visiting Saudi Arabia… | usnews.com…

Kelly (R-PA-16) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “This is a slap in the face to hardworking American gas and oil producers across the country. President Biden would rather negotiate with foreign enemies and human rights abusers then unleash the American energy right beneath our feet. #BidenEnergyCrisis As Gas Prices Soar, Biden Leans Toward Visiting Saudi Arabia… | usnews.com

Pence (R-IN-6) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “This Administration never fails to talk out of both sides of their mouths. 1) POTUS begs OPEC Oil Cartel to increase production 2) Biden Admin says high gas prices actually pathway to green revolution 3) Blame “Putin Price Hike” 4) Blame “Price Gouging” Link to quoted tweet We’ve come full circle to Biden Admin praising OPEC? Can’t keep their spin straight..

Rubio (R-FL) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Saudi human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair is serving a 15 yr prison sentence for “inciting public opinion” against #SaudiArabia. Rubio condemns the Saudi govt’s continued disregard for human rights & calls for an end to al-Khair’s unjust imprisonment. #ExpressionNOToppression Link to image

Tunisia

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @HouseForeign – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Deeply concerned by the recent mass dismissal of judges in Tunisia. This represents another in a series of democratic rollbacks and a major blow to Tunisia’s judicial independence. Tunisia’s president sacks 57 judges, accuses them of corruption… | reuters.com

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Deeply concerned by the recent mass dismissal of judges in Tunisia. This represents another in a series of democratic rollbacks and a major blow to Tunisia’s judicial independence. Tunisia’s president sacks 57 judges, accuses them of corruption… | reuters.com”; re-tweeted by Meeks (D-NY-5)

United Arab Emirates

Romney (R-UT) 06/08/2022: Retweet of @UAEEmbassyUS – “Thank you @MittRomney for the inspiring tour of @washdctemple this PM. The UAE is proud to welcome the future @Ch_JesusChrist Temple in Dubai – the first Temple in the Middle East. The Dubai Temple joins a diverse gathering of other religions in the UAE: Dubai to welcome Middle East’s first Mormon temple… | bit.ly   Link to image

Bahrain

McGovern (D-MA-2) 06/03/2022: Tweet – “Glad to see Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja named a @MartinEnnals 2022 Laureate. Al-Khawaja is a @TLHumanRights #DefendingFreedoms prisoner of conscience; tortured & imprisoned in Bahrain for his brave activism. He should be released immediately & without conditions.Abdulhadi al-Khawaja… | humanrightscommission.house.gov

Yemen

Khanna (D-CA-17) 06/09/2022: Tweet – “Thank you @SecBlinken for providing this urgently needed assistance to help prevent a catastrophic oil spill off the coast of Yemen. Link to quoted tweet

Deutch (D-FL-22) 06/08/2022: Tweet – “I commend the announcement of a 2-month extension to the UN-mediated truce in Yemen, which provides a lifeline to millions of Yemenis. I urge all parties to continue to work towards an inclusive political settlement to the war & end this brutal conflict.”

Scanlon (D-PA-5) 06/07/2022: Tweet – “16 million Yemenis are living on the brink of starvation, including 2 million children. The U.S. can no longer be complicit in this crisis. Last week, I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing a resolution to end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen. Link to image

Smith (D-WA-9) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “Ending the war in Yemen must remain the ultimate goal for all parties. I welcome news that the UN-mediated truce will be extended, showing the effectiveness of @POTUS Biden’s diplomacy-first approach, the help of the UN, and broad participation toward lasting peace. Link to quoted tweet

Meeks (D-NY-5) 06/02/2022: Twitter thread – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: I applaud this news of a 60-day extension to the truce in Yemen. I call on all parties to abide by their commitments and convert this truce into a lasting ceasefire and advance a political settlement to end this brutal war.Press statement by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg on the renewal of the UN-mediated truce… | osesgy.unmissions.org I also call on parties to fully implement the humanitarian dimensions of the truce, especially re-opening roads in and around Taiz, regular offloading of humanitarian shipments at Yemeni ports and continued resumption of commercial flights in and out of Sana’a airport.”

Reed (D-RI) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “I’m glad to hear of the 2 month extension of the truce in Yemen. It’s time to find a lasting piece to this conflict for the Yemini people. Link to quoted tweet

Risch (R-ID) 06/02/2022: Tweet – “The announcement that #Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to an additional two month truce is welcome news. All sides must use this as an opportunity to build on recent progress. As the past seven years have shown, there can be no military solution to this conflict.”

Legislative Round-Up: June 2, 2022

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Legislative Round-Up: May 27, 2022

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1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Hearings
3. On the Record

NOTE: Check out this powerful analysis/commentary from FMEP non-resident fellow Dr. Maha Nassar – How media reports of ‘clashes’ mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian violence

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Legislative Round-Up: May 20, 2022

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2. Members Weigh in on Nakba Resolution
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Past Action: Urge your Member of Congress to push for a US-led investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

For those of us who care about peace between Israel and Palestine, last week was incredibly hard. We are outraged – first by the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh during an IDF incursion in the West Bank town of Jenin, then by the violent attack by Israeli police on her funeral on Friday.

Freedom of the press is of paramount importance, particularly when conflicting narratives and biases often obscure the truth, as is the case in Israel-Palestine. The State Department has called Ms. Abu Akleh’s death “an affront to media freedom.” And while the State Department has made statements supporting a thorough investigation by the Israeli government, this is not enough. Americans for Peace Now has called for a swift and independent investigation of the circumstances that caused her death and now members of Congress, led by Representatives Andre’ Carson and Lou Correa, are requesting the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) launch an investigation into Ms. Abu Akleh’s death as well.

It is important that the United States protect Americans reporting abroad and that includes conducting independent investigations when a journalist is harmed.

Read the full text of the letter here.

Legislative Round-Up: May 13, 2022

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3. On the Record

New from FMEP:

  • FMEP webinar 5/12/22: The Weaponization of Israel/Palestine in US Elections Campaigns, ft. Rania Batrice (Organizer, communications and legislative strategist, mediator, and advisor to elected officials, candidates, and non-profits both domestic and around the globe) & Peter Beinart (Newmark J-School and CUNY Graduate Center; editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, MSNBC political commentator, and fellow at the FMEP) in conversation with Lara Friedman (FMEP).
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Legislative Round-Up: May 6, 2022

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Legislative Round-Up: April 29, 2022

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