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Article by Bryan Howard
January 18, 2019
Texas Republican Rep. Brian Babin is calling for Democratic Congress House Committee members to reject taxpayer-funded Congressional delegation to Palestine. Newly elected Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib is wanting to build U.S. relationships with enemies of Israel, which is why she created the proposal for Congress.
Babin wrote a letter for every chairman opposing the proposal. “… as a newly elected Member of Congress, Rep. Rashida Tlaib has plans to lead a taxpayer-funded Congressional delegation (CODEL) to Palestine. This action, from an outspoken supporter of the ‘BDS’ Israeli boycott movement and whose personal vitriol led her to publicly brag about calling our President a ‘mother****er’ to her young son, is both ill-conceived and inconsistent with our national values.”
Babin Continued, “Israel is of vital importance to U.S. interests in the Middle East, a fact widely acknowledged on both sides of the aisle. Since Israel’s beginnings, our nations have pursued strong relations based on common values, providing mutual security in the region and helping to spread democratic practices. The mere prospect of a CODEL like this threatens that relationship. Allowed to proceed, this action could undo years of goodwill built by the foreign policy and Israeli-American communities. To signal to our most threatened ally in the region that the United States Congress sanctions an official trip to visit Israel’s nemesis would be an exceedingly dangerous path forward.”
Babin called for Congressman to “deny Rep. Tlaib’s request to sponsor and lead a CODEL to Palestine and exercise your authority as chair to deny your consent to any member of your committee who seeks your approval to participate in such a misadventure. Please consider the damage that a yet inexperienced and overly caustic Member of Congress may cause to Israeli relations, or the perceptions of our own Jewish-American citizens.”