Ian Schlakman - Green Party nominee for U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's 2nd District - is calling for an immediate re-evaluation of U.S. military aid to Israel by Congressional leaders. If elected, Schlakman would sponsor legislation to significantly decrease U.S. military aid to Israel.
Congress overwhelmingly supports the approximately $3 billion of Foreign Military Funding given annually by the United States. Since 2008, U.S. economic aid to Israel has been slashed in favor of military funding, weapons sales, and defense training.
Schlakman and his supporters have participated in national and local demonstrations calling for Israel to take the lead on ending continuing violence.
"Hamas acting like a terrorist organization doesn't give Israel the right to respond like a terrorist organization." said Schlakman. "Both Israel and Palestinian authorities should agree to an immediate cease-fire and appeal to the United Nations and other multilateral international security groups for a permanent solution to the crisis in the region. In Congress, I will speak out for the United States to take the lead on demilitarizing the conflict. Israel is working with the tools the U.S. is giving it. We need to cut off the flow of military aid."
"The U.S. needs to makes it clear that we will no longer write Israel a blank check for its military operations. Congress should be debating whether or not to once again support the Economic Support Funds - development and economic aid - granted by the United States until 2008. We need to clearly signal to the Israeli government that the United States is no longer willing to fund defense and weapons development."
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