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June 15, 2010

Will Obama support a UN investigation of Israel's turning back the Gaza flotilla? Now's the time to raise our voices against this travesty!

Dear Friend of FLAME:

A short bombshell article appeared in The Weekly Standard late last week---we've reprinted it below---reporting that President Obama's diplomats are assuring other nations of the U.S.'s intention to support a U.N. investigation of Israel's actions against the ship attempting to run its blockade of Hamas-held Gaza.

While the White House has issued hasty denials of this report, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have drafted a letter urging President Obama to oppose efforts to chastise Israel in the United Nations . . . and moreover, to forcefully support the Jewish state in the world arena.

Here are the first few lines of their letter:

Dear Mr. President:

We write to affirm our support for our strategic partnership with Israel, and encourage you to continue to do so before international organizations such as the United Nations. The United States has traditionally stood with Israel because it is in our national security interest and must continue to do so.

Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and a vibrant democracy. Israel is also a partner to the United States on military and intelligence issues in this critical region. That is why it is our national interest to support Israel at a moment when Israel faces multiple threats from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the current regime in Iran.

Thankfully, while Democrats and Republicans disagree on many issues these days, they seem largely still to agree on support of Israel. But, especially given the Obama administration's virtual war on Israel, we cannot take this support for granted. Senators Reid and McConnell will be seeking the signatures of other senators and representatives on their letter, and it's our urgent duty to assist them.

Israel is brutally beleaguered on the world stage as rarely before---and now, tragically, it suffers wavering support from our very own U.S. administration. So I ask you, what have you done for Israel lately?

I know I've asked you several times over the past few weeks to write to President Obama and your congressional representatives in support of Israel . . . yet I'm asking you to do so again, right now, while you're on your computer with email close at hand.

Our elected representatives must be made to feel the passionate support we steadfastly hold for the Jewish state. They must understand that we voters care about this issue---that it is a primary issue for us and for the well-being of the United States.

Using, if you care to, the words of Senators Reid and McConnell above, please take a few minutes right now to urge President Obama to support Israel unequivocally in the United Nations and to support Israel's right to protect itself: Write the President immediately. Please do the same with your Senators and Representative: Just go to Contacting the Congress and urge them to co-sign the letter from Senators Reid and McConnell. (You'll need your nine [5+4] digit zip code to find your Representative.)

Israel needs us now---today. It's time to lend a hand. It's time to stand up . . . and stand bravely with Israel.

Best Regards,

Jim Sinkinson
Director, FLAME


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Sources: Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week
By William Kristol, The Weekly Standard, June 11, 2010

The Weekly Standard has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.

While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president's. The government of Israel has been consulting with the U.S. government on its own Israeli investigative panel, to be led by a retired supreme court justice, that would include respected international participants, including one from the U.S. But the Obama administration is reportedly saying that such a "kosher panel" is not good enough to satisfy the international community, or the Obama White House.

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