A press release from Congressman Joe Walsh:
Congressional Letter sent to Secretary Clinton Condemning Rice’s Proposed Anti-Israel Concessions at U.N.
Walsh: “[This]…is an unprecedented and startling shift in U.S. foreign policy.”
Washington D.C.— This morning, Congressmen Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a bi-partisan letter (attached) urging her and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to abandon U.S. efforts to appease Arab states and to veto the upcoming Security Council resolution condemning Israel. 110 Democrat and Republican members co-signed the letter.
On Tuesday, Ambassador Rice informed several Arab governments that the United States would support a Security Council statement condemning Israel and its construction of new settlements.
Although the Arab States are rumored to have rejected the concession, it signaled a fundamental change in US foreign policy, which hitherto had always supported Israel, its key partner in the region. This concession comes as mass protests have thrown the Middle East into turmoil.
“That the Obama Administration is even considering publicly condemning Israel, let alone actually drafting such a statement, is an unprecedented and startling shift in U.S. foreign policy,” said Walsh. “The Administration should not be compromising our allies in back-room deals. It is dangerous, irresponsible, and entirely unacceptable, especially when it concerns Israel.
“Israel is and has always been our key ally in the region. It occupies a critical position in the Middle East, and now, with mass protests throwing the entire region into turmoil, its security is more important than ever. Ambassador Rice’s concessions represent an alarming change in U.S. foreign policy. We need to stand with and support our ally Israel, not throw it under the bus. Only our unconditional support of Israel will lead to peace in the region.
”As a Member of Congress, I cannot and will not tolerate any U.S. officials appeasing Arab states at the expense of Israel. The U.S. must veto the upcoming Security Council resolution and condemn any further statements against Israel at the U.N.”