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Members of Congress Oppose Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act

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A group of nearly 20 members of Congress took a stand against H.R. 8034, the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act. The representatives, including notable figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), released a joint statement explaining their decision.

“This is a moment of great consequence – the world is watching. Today is, in many ways, Congress’ first official vote where we can weigh in on the direction of this war. If Congress votes to continue to supply offensive military aid, we make ourselves complicit in this tragedy,” the statement reads.

The representatives emphasized their support for Israel’s right to self-defense but voiced concerns about the potential consequences of providing offensive weapons. They expressed worries about civilian casualties in places like Rafah, and Gaza.

“All of us support strengthening the Iron Dome and other defense systems and we are committed to a sovereign, safe, and secure future for Israel,” they continued. “To protect that future, we believe the United States must help achieve a ceasefire that allows hostages to be freed, humanitarian aid to be delivered, and peace talks to begin.”

The statement also criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach to the conflict. “Benjamin Netanyahu appears willing to sacrifice the hostages while inflicting extraordinary suffering on the people of Gaza,” the representatives said. They expressed concerns about reports suggesting Netanyahu’s intentions to expand the conflict, particularly in the southern Gaza town of Rafah.

The representatives concluded by highlighting the American public’s sentiment. “Most Americans do not want our government to write a blank check to further Prime Minister Netanyahu’s war in Gaza. The United States needs to help Israel find a path to win the peace,” they stated.

The vote against H.R. 8034 reflects a growing debate within Congress over U.S. support for Israel’s military actions and the broader implications for peace in the region.


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