Washington may be torn apart by partisan political warfare these days but not when it comes to Israel. The Senate, in a rare and poorly reported move, sent a letter to President Obama from 87 Senators telling him that the American people completely support Israel in its efforts to protect itself from those who would harm it. The letter, which specifically mentions the need to understand and affirm Israel’s right to protect itself and search for contraband in Gaza-bound shipments, stated:
“[V]ideo footage shows that the Israeli commandos who arrived on the sixth ship, which was owned by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (the IHH), were brutally attacked with iron rods, knives, and broken glass,” the senators wrote.
“They were forced to respond to that attack and we regret the loss of life that resulted,” the letter adds.
The bipartisan group of lawmakers urged Obama to oppose a resolution in the United Nations critical of Israel.
“We commend the action you took to prevent the adoption of an unfair United Nations Security Council resolution, which would have represented a rush to judgment by the international community,” the authors wrote. “We also deplore the actions of the United Nations Human Rights Council which, once again, singled out Israel.”
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