The New Jersey Jewish News provides a great service to the New Jersey Jewish community and I thank you for all the good work you do.
As someone who has been a lifetime supporter of the Jewish State of Israel and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, I was surprised by how my dear friend Congressman Bill Pascrell was represented in an article in last week’s paper (“Opponent challenges Pascrell on Israel, Iraq,” Sept. 23). For those readers of the Jewish News who were confused: Bill Pascrell votes in favor of issues important to the pro-Israel community.
For example, when the Jewish State faced the all too familiar criticism from some members of the international community after exercising its legitimate right to defend itself against a terrorist-backed flotilla trying to break a lawful security blockade in May, Bill took action. He sent a personal letter to President Barack Obama in which he wrote, “The Israeli blockade of Gaza was designed to defend itself by preventing Hamas from resupplying with weapons and missiles that it has used to terrorize the citizens of Israel repeatedly in the past. Israel unquestionably has the right to defend itself and keep its citizens safe.”
As a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bill Pascrell has consistently voted in favor of legislation supporting the Jewish State, such as the billions of dollars in military aid we allocate to Israel every year and sanctions against Iran. The best choice in this race is my friend, Congressman Bill Pascrell.
Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ)