An Open Letter to the Jewish Community

— David Broida

In the race for the U.S. Senate, there is only one true friend of Israel – Joe Sestak.

Here is what Joe Sestak had to say when addressing a Pennsylvania Islamic organization:

“It is my, and your, just duty to condemn not just terrorism – as you have done – but also to condemn the specific acts, and specific individuals and groups by name, associated with those acts, such as Hamas and Hezbollah…Otherwise, our language against terrorism remains that of silence…If there are ties to those of terror, or statements that impugn others by hate, there is an obligation to actively denounce them, against whomever they occur, including (against) Israel.”

    “My last visit (to Israel) was to tie one of my U.S. Navy air defense Aegis cruisers into the missile defense network of Israel, leaving the ship stationed off its coast for the nation’s protection.”

— U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, in remarks to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA), Philadelphia, PA, April 27, 2010

Joe Sestak is courageous and proud of his support of Israel’s security.   Yet, some falsely claim that U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is not a friend of Israel.  Ironically, these same people support his opponent, who voted repeatedly against giving essential aid to Israel.  These same people rush to use Israel as a political wedge issue when, in fact, U.S. support for Israel always has been bipartisan.

Joe’s opponent, Pat Toomey, as a U.S. Congressman, voted seven times against a total of nearly $15 billion in military and other aid to Israel.* Joe Sestak has voted yes on every vote authorizing aid to Israel.

We’re outraged by Toomey’s attacks on Sestak’s support for Israel.  While serving in the US Navy as an Admiral, Joe Sestak commanded a fleet of US ships in the Mediterranean, designed to protect Israel and reinforce her defenses.  The only thing Toomey has ever commanded is the “Club for Growth”, the right-wing group whose sole aim is to lower taxes on the wealthy and shrink government, which threatens our ability to have a strong national defense and come to the aid of our allies and friends.

Don’t be fooled.   In this race for the U.S. Senate, there is one true friend of Israel.  We’re proud to say that we’re voting for U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak for United States Senator.

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References and list of co-signers follow the jump.

Photo: Congressman Joe Sestak and Israel Chief of Naval Operations Eli Marom.

Footnote: Pat Toomey  voted:

  • against a foreign aid bill that included $1.82 billion for the implementation of the Wye River peace accords, passed by the U.S. House on 11/5/99, House Vote #572;
  • against  $2.82 billion in aid to Israel in a foreign aid appropriations bill on 10/25/00, House Vote 546;
  • against a bill providing $2.76 billion for Israel on 7/24/01, House Vote 266 and on 12/19/01, House Vote 505;
  • against a foreign operations bill that included $2.2 billion for Israeli military assistance on 7/24/03, House Vote 429;
  • against a consolidated appropriations bill that included more than $2.7 billion for Israel on 2/13/03, House Vote 32; and
  • against $2.53 billion for Israel, including $50 million to help resettle Jewish refugees from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, on 7/15/04, House Vote 390.

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