FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2012
Contact: Nathan Diament 202-513-6484
Today, in the wake of scores of rocket attacks launched by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip against innocent civilians in Israel, the leadership of the Orthodox Union – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – wrote to President Barack Obama to express appreciation for his Administration’s support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system – which has, to date, prevented the terrorists’ rockets from claiming innocent lives, and for the President’s recent statements of support for Israel’s right of self defense. The Orthodox Union leadership sent a similar letter of appreciation to the leaders of the U.S. Congress as well.
March 12, 2012
President Barack Obama
The White House
Dear President Obama,
We hope this letter finds you well.
As recently as last week, you publicly spoke of your unshakable commitment to the security of the State of Israel and your Administration’s proactive efforts to strengthen that security. Among those efforts, you cited the financial support the United States has provided for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system.
In the space of but a few days that have passed since your statements, we now see terrorists in the Gaza Strip launching scores of rockets at innocent Israeli communities forcing schools to close and men, women and children to spend the day crouching in fear near bomb shelters. Thankfully, the Iron Dome has performed remarkably well and, to date, prevented civilian casualties from the terrorists’ attacks. We write to express our appreciation to your Administration for providing the material support that is saving lives today.
Last week, Mr. President, you also strongly endorsed the State of Israel’s sovereign right of self defense. As we watch on with concern in our eyes and prayers in our hearts for the success of the Israel Defense Forces as they act to defend the innocent, we express our appreciation for your Administration’s call for the rocket attacks to cease and anticipate your support for Israel’s actions.
Dr. Simcha Katz Rabbi Steven Burg
President Managing Director
Yehuda Neuberger Nathan Diament
Chair, Public Policy Exec. Dir., Public Policy