Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We Stand With Israel

The following letter was published in The Weekly Standard.  Two Sisters From The Right expresses great admiration for the  Directors of the Emergency Committee for Israel for writing the following letter to Senators Schummer and Levin.  We are encouraged to see that there are Americans taking an active roll in defense of Israel.

Two Sisters from the Right urges all readers to support William Kristol, Rachel Abrams, and Gary Bauer
in their effort to persuade  Senators Chuck Schumer and Carl Levin to retract their public statement.

Dear Senators Schumer and Levin:

We write in response to your remarkable public letter to Howard Kohr, the Executive Director of AIPAC. His ongoing institutional responsibilities will probably prevent him from responding to you—two powerful Senators unafraid to use your power—as frankly as we can. But we will be frank.

Your letter—an effort to pressure an organization to lobby on a matter far outside its expertise and area of concern—is a disgrace. We’ve rarely seen Senators stoop to this kind of public bullying. AIPAC “cannot afford to stand on the sidelines?” What threat do you mean to convey by this statement?

It’s clear that defenders of the New START treaty (on which, needless to say, the Emergency Committee for Israel takes no position) are frantic to have it ratified in the lame duck session, and they apparently lack the votes to ram it through. But your desperation about New START does not justify behavior unworthy of Senators.

Furthermore: Is it your position that if the Senate does not ratify START in the lame duck session, Russia will be justified in violating UN sanctions against Iran, or in selling Iran air defense missiles? If not, why do you appear to give the Russian government such a justification? Is that the action of true friends of Israel, or true opponents of a nuclear Iran?

We urge you to withdraw the letter to which you have so unfortunately lent your name.

As ever,

William Kristol, Chairman

Rachel Abrams

Gary Bauer
Directors, Emergency Committee for Israel

The Weekly Standard, December 1, 2010 
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