Rep. King, Religious and Community Leaders Stand with Israel

Press Release

By:  Pete King
Date: June 13, 2010
Location: New York, NY

Today, Congressman Pete King (R-Seaford), along with religious and community leaders, declared their support for Israel and their opposition to a U.N. investigation into last month's flotilla incident, involving an Israeli interception of a Gaza-bound ship. The leaders called for passage of Rep. King's bill, the America Stands with Israel Act (H.R. 5501), which was introduced on Thursday.

King's legislation reaffirms America's support for Israel by calling for the removal of the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council and prohibiting the use of American taxpayer dollars to fund a U.N. investigation into the flotilla incident. It also reaffirms Israel's right to defend itself and expresses U.S. support for Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

"As one of our closest allies, we should be standing with Israel, not endorsing a U.N.-sponsored attack against it," said King. "By participating in this investigation, the Administration is driving a wedge between the U.S. and a long-standing friend. American tax dollars should not be used for this purpose, which is why I introduced the America Stands with Israel Act, calling for the removal of the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council and from participation in the investigation."