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Copyright © 2019 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Congress Overwhelmingly Urges Support for Israel Against Northern Border Threats

An Iron Dome battery seen in the Golan Heights, Northern Israel. Photo by Basal Awidat/Flash90

AIPAC commends the overwhelming bipartisan majority of the Senate and the House of Representatives who signed a letter to President Trump urging U.S. support for Israel as it combats mounting threats on its northern border from Iran and its proxies. The letter was signed by 79 senators and 303 representatives from both parties.

“At a time of grave insecurity in the Middle East, we are deeply concerned about the role that terrorist and extremist groups and U.S. adversaries continue to play, particularly in Syria,” the letter stated. “As some of our closest allies in the region are being threatened, American leadership and support are as crucial as ever.”

The letter highlights the looming dangers from Iran's presence in Syria and Hezbollah's presence in Lebanon. “In Syria, Iran is working to establish a permanent military presence that can threaten our allies.” Continuing, the letter indicates, “Iran continues its program to pursue a direct overland route from Iran to Lebanon. That connection would better facilitate Iran's supplying of Hezbollah terrorists and other Iranian-backed militias with deadly weapons. While our nation has encouraged more stable and inclusive political systems in the Middle East, the regime in Tehran has spread its influence and destabilized its neighbors for its own gain.”

As a means of advancing American national security interests, the letter specifically calls on the administration to implement a strategy for Israel’s northern border that:

  • Underscores Israel’s right to self-defense and opposes international efforts to isolate and weaken Israel;

  • Increases pressure on Iran and Russia with respect to activities in Syria; and

  • Enhances pressure on Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.

AIPAC appreciates the strong bipartisan, bicameral leadership on this letter from House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) and Ranking Member Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

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