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Rep. Louie Gohmert: Invite Netanyahu to Address a Joint Session of Congress

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Invite P.M. Netanyahu to Address a Joint Session of Congress

From: The Honorable Louie Gohmert
Date: 6/10/2010

Dear Colleague: 

The United States and Israel have a special friendship based on shared values, and together share the common goal of peace and security in the Middle East. Unfortunately, our bond with Israel has shown very public cracks at a crucial time for our close ally.

As Members of Congress, we must provide the world an IMMEDIATE visual image that we still firmly stand with Israel by inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. The symbolism of both sides of the aisle standing together applauding the Israeli Prime Minister would be powerful enough to send the message that friends may have disagreements, but they will still stand strongly with each other.

Please join me in sending a letter to our Speaker requesting that Prime Minister Netanyahu be invited. Israel is a sovereign nation that has the right to defend itself, its borders and its ports in the interests of its national security. Reports coming out of Israel indicate that the Gaza flotilla passengers were anything but peace activists.

JFP 6/9: Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran

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Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran
Some Americans may be surprised to see Turkey playing a more independent role. Liz Cheney says Turkey is part of a new axis of evil that wants to destroy Israel. It's quite opportune that Stephen Kinzer has a new book out this week that argues the opposite case: Turkey's more independent policy is good for America.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/reset-stephen-kinzers-vis_b_604867.html

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Brazil, Turkey Defy Washington on Iran Sanctions
The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution calling for new sanctions against Iran today. The man-bites-dog story is that two countries - Brazil and Turkey - voted no, while Lebanon abstained. That's a record.

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Brazil, Turkey Defy Washington on Iran Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution calling for new sanctions against Iran today. Wait, did you just yawn? Pay attention, there's real news here. The man-bites-dog story is that two countries - Brazil and Turkey - voted no, while Lebanon abstained.

That's a record. There's never been more than one no vote before; there's never been less than 14 yes votes before; it's only the second time that there were any no votes at all. And it's the first time any non-Muslim country voted no (Brazil.)

This is the sixth Security Council resolution attacking Iran's nuclear program since July 2006. Here's the scorecard:

 

Resolution 1696, July 31, 2006: Fourteen votes in favor to one against (Qatar.)


Resolution 1737, December 23, 2006
: passed unanimously

Resolution 1747, March 24, 2007: passed unanimously

Resolution 1803, March 3, 2008: passed by a vote of 14-0-1, with one abstention (Indonesia.)

Resolution 1835, September 27, 2008: passed unanimously

Resolution 1929, June 9, 2010: passed by 12 votes to two against (Brazil and Turkey) and one abstention from Lebanon

Why did Brazil and Turkey vote no?

Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran

Until quite recently, it seemed that Turkey had a clearly defined role in the Middle East, from the standpoint of U.S. policy. They were the "good Muslims," who were part of NATO, who contributed troops to U.S. wars, and who had good relations with Israel.

In the past few weeks, therefore, some Americans may have been startled to see the government of Turkey seemingly playing a very different role. First, together with Brazil, Turkey negotiated a nuclear fuel swap agreement with Iran to defuse the standoff over Iran's nuclear program and forestall a controversial U.S./Israeli push for new sanctions against Iran at the U.N. Although the deal was very similar to one proposed by the Obama Administration - and Brazil and Turkey had a letter from Obama encouraging them to press forward with the deal - Obama Administration officials dismissed the deal, and far from being grateful to Turkey and Brazil, made a show of being angry. But instead of being chastened, Turkey and Brazil insisted their deal was good - invoking their letter from Obama to demonstrate their case - and insisted that the U.S. should pursue it.

JFP 6/7: Cordesman says Israel "strategic liability" for US

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June 7, 2010


Live Virtual Brown Bag with Stephen Kinzer
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Al Jazeera Video: Israel Takes The Rachel Corrie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLnE08AVjZ8

Israel blocks cement shipment from entering Gaza

Israel refused to allow 500 tons of cement transported by the Rachel Corrie into Gaza.
http://nowlebanon.com/NewsArchiveDetails.aspx?ID=174699

Tristan Anderson comes home
After more than a year in a Tel Aviv hospital, activist and photo-journalist Tristan Anderson has returned to California. Tristan was critically injured when he was shot in the head at close range with a high-velocity tear gas canister at the Israeli Separation Wall on March 13, 2009, while taking photos following a demonstration against the apartheid wall in the West Bank village of Ni'lin.

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JFP 6/4: Rachel Corrie Nears Gaza; Turkey Near Breaking Ties with Israel

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June 4, 2010

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With "Linkage," Turkey and Brazil Can End the Siege of Gaza
It appears that if Turkey and Brazil want to have effective input at the Big Table, they are going to have to play hardball effectively with the United States: they have to continue to show the U.S. that they have the power to obstruct the U.S. from getting what it wants if the US continues to ignore their concerns. If Turkey and Brazil could delay a Security Council vote on Iran, the US would have to negotiate.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/with-linkage-turkey-and-b_b_600997.html

Video: Interview with Al Jazeera's Jamal ElShayyal:
Al Jazeera reporter who was on the Mavi Marmara: "There is no doubt from what I saw that live ammunition was fired before any Israeli soldier was on deck." Also, he asserts that Israeli soldiers refused a request from an Israeli member of parliament to provide assistance to 3 wounded who later died. Beginning at 3:43.
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With "Linkage," Turkey and Brazil Can End the Siege of Gaza

In the past few weeks, Turkey and Brazil have elbowed their way to the Big Table of international diplomacy: first by negotiating a nuclear fuel swap agreement to try to push the US back towards diplomatic efforts to resolve its conflict with Iran, and then - in the case of Turkey - by its support of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla's efforts to break the Israeli-Egyptian-US siege of Gaza's civilian population - efforts that continue today as the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie proceeds towards Gaza, amid silence - not enough protest, apparently - from the Obama Administration.

But it appears that if Turkey and Brazil want to have effective input at the Big Table, they are going to have to play hardball effectively with the United States: they have to continue to show the U.S. that they have the power to obstruct the U.S. from getting what it wants if the US continues to ignore their concerns.

Gibbs questioned on Rachel Corrie

From Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 6/1/10

Q The aid ship the Rachel Corrie is scheduled to arrive in Gazan waters tomorrow and the Israelis are planning to intercept it. Would you consider calling on them not to do that?

MR. GIBBS: Let me get some information on the extent of that --

Q Will you get back to us on that?

MR. GIBBS: Sure, I will find that answer out.

Urge President Obama to "consider calling on them not to do that."

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JFP 6/3: Ex UN Official Urges Irish-Americans to Defend the Rachel Corrie

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June 3, 2010

Ex UN Official Denis Halliday Urges Irish-Americans to Defend the Rachel Corrie
Former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday said it was imperative that the Obama administration support Ireland's call on the Israeli authorities to ensure safe passage for the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie to carry humanitarian aid to Gaza, the Irish Times reports. Speaking by satellite phone from on board the Rachel Corrie, Halliday called on Irish-Americans to lobby the Obama administration.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/halliday-urges-irish-amer_b_598924.html

Tell Obama: Speak Up for the Free Passage of the Rachel Corrie to Gaza
In his speech in Cairo, President Obama urged the Palestinian people to press their claims for justice through nonviolence. Now that the Israeli military has attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, President Obama should follow through on his Cairo speech, and demand free passage to Gaza for the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie.
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