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April 26, 2016 2:05 pm

13 Democrats Among 17 Senators Not on Letter for Increased Israel Defense Aid

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Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Seventeen US lawmakers decided against joining bipartisan support for increased Israel defense aid. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Seventeen US lawmakers decided against joining bipartisan support for increased Israel defense aid. Photo: Wikipedia.

JNS.org – Among 100 members of the US Senate, 17 lawmakers — 13 Democrats, three Republicans, and one independent — decided not to join the strong bipartisan support for a letter arguing that Israel should receive increased annual defense aid from America.

The letter, signed by 83 senators and addressed to President Barack Obama, cites a number of security threats facing Israel that justify “investment in the long-term security requirements” for America’s “closest Middle East ally.” Israel is hoping that its US defense package will rise from the current $3.1 billion per year to between $4 and $4.5 billion annually, while the Obama administration has proposed a target of $3.7 billion.

US Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) initiated the letter, which was not signed by the following 17 senators: Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rand (R-Ky.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John Tester (D-Mont.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

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  • dfwh0ppy

    Bernie is a Self hating Jew, trash!

  • joe quellman

    trump named jeff session to head his national security advisory committee with a conceivable cabinet appointment to follow. session’s, one of only
    three republcan absent signatories is therefore a monumental shocker if this reporting is correct but how can it be? it leaves me numbed nonetheless. i’d say trump has a whole lot of explaining to do here in addition to considring a major internal shake up- or else!

  • joe quellman

    trump named jeff session to head his national security advisory committee. session’s name as one of

  • Dan Schaefer

    It is regrettable but not surprising that Senator Murphy of Connecticut did not sign the letter. What was his excuse for not doing so? Does he deny the security threats Israel faces? And if so, what evidence does he rely on.

    More and more he appears to be just a proxy and stooge for B. Hussein Obama.

    He is betraying not only Senator Lieberman’s legacy, whose seat he holds, but also his own pro-Israel constituents.

    Let’s remember that the next time he’s on the ballot.

  • Even before I saw this article, it seemed to me that the Democratic Party is the de facto party of: Muslims, Arabs, and Jew-haters who want to wipe Israel off-the-map.

    My dear Jewish brothers and sisters:

    PLEASE STOP wasting your precious money on the pro-Muslim Democratic Party and the pro-Muslim New York Times.

  • Ghilmeini

    Typo alert Paul not Rand did not sign the letter.

    The left shift away from Israel is clear. Al Franken is more worried about currying favor with Somali supporters of al Qaeda and ISIS than the US Jewish community. The last laugh is on Minnesota that elected that farce as a Senator. Kaine votes against aid even though Virginia is the home of the US defense industry, so much for supporting what is good for his constituents.

    Raising the questions: Jewish Democrats where are you and why are you allowing this happen?

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