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Letter to Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel - Reaffirming Support of U.S.-Israel Alliance


By: Liz Cheney, Carol Miller, Alex Mooney, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Morgan Griffith, Denver Riggleman III, Rob Wittman, Chris Stewart, Rob Bishop, Brian Babin, Michael Cloud, Michael Burgess, Roger Williams, Chip Roy, Randy Weber, Sr., Mac Thornberry, Kay Granger, Michael McCaul, Kevin Brady, Ron Wright, Van Taylor, Dan Crenshaw, David Kustoff, Chuck Fleischmann, Phil Roe, William Timmons, Joe Wilson, Sr., Mike Kelly, Jr., Guy Reschenthaler, Fred Keller, Lloyd Smucker, Dan Meuser, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tom Cole, Markwayne Mullin, Kevin Hern, Steve Stivers, Troy Balderson, Mike Turner, Warren Davidson, Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, Bob Latta, Jim Jordan, Brad Wenstrup, Steve Chabot, John Katko, Elise Stefanik, Pete King, Lee Zeldin, Adrian Smith, Donald Bacon, Kelly Armstrong, David Rouzer, Mark Walker, Virginia Foxx, Greg Gianforte, Steven Palazzo, Michael Guest, Trent Kelly, Billy Long, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ann Wagner, Paul Mitchell, Tim Walberg, Bill Huizenga, Jack Bergman, Andy Harris, Ralph Abraham, Mike Johnson, Clay Higgins, Steve Scalise, Brett Guthrie, James Comer, Jr., Ron Estes, Larry Bucshon, Greg Pence, Jim Banks, Jackie Walorski, John Shimkus, Rodney Davis, Tom Graves, Jr., Rick Allen, Barry Loudermilk, Austin Scott, Buddy Carter, Brian Mast, Ross Spano, Michael Waltz, John Rutherford, Ted Yoho, Neal Dunn, Doug Lamborn, Ken Buck, Scott Tipton, Ken Calvert, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Paul Cook, Doug LaMalfa, David Schweikert, Bruce Westerman, Steve Womack, French Hill, Rick Crawford, Gary Palmer, Mike Rogers, Bradley Byrne, Greg Steube
Date: June 22, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:

We write to reaffirm the unshakeable alliance between the United States and Israel, to emphasize
that Israel has the right to make sovereign decisions independent of outside pressure, and to
express our support for you as you make such decisions in your capacity as Israel's
democratically-elected prime minister.

We are aware of and deeply concerned by threats being expressed by some to retaliate against
Israel as it makes decisions to ensure defensible borders. It is shortsighted to threaten relations
with Israel, a long-time friend and critical ally that shares our democratic values. We support the
Trump administration's engagement with Israel on the Vision for Peace Plan, which was based
on the critical premise that Israel should never be forced to compromise its security. We assure
you that we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel and oppose any effort to apply pressure.

As you know well, the Palestinians have rejected Israel's bids for peace time and again and have
shunned the Trump administration's efforts to bring peace to the conflict since the
administration's earliest days, even before the President's vision was unveiled. The Trump
administration's new approach offers the promise of success where past efforts have failed,
recognizing Israel's vital national and security interests while providing for a fair and reasonable
compromise with the Palestinians, should Palestinian leadership opt finally to prioritize peace.

It is our hope that this plan brings peace, security, and prosperity to a region that has long
endured conflict. As dedicated friends of the Jewish state, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment
to the relationship between our two nations and Israel's right to sovereignty and defensible