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Group of bipartisan legislators calls for action against Iran, Turkey, Qatar

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) led the effort, which included 63 Democrats and 53 Republicans.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

A group of 110 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent U.S. President Joe Biden a message on Monday urging strong support for Israel in the war to destroy the Hamas terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip.

The White House received a letter arguing that “premature de-escalation would be a victory for the terrorists and allow them to continue to threaten Israeli civilians with future attacks.”

“We remain committed to increasing American security assistance for critical technologies, including the Iron Dome to preserve Israel’s safety,” the group stated. “Congress will support additional measures to replenish and release stockpiles of American ammunition stored in Israel to use during this national emergency, including offensive munitions key to assuring Israel’s success. It is essential to America’s national security.”

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) spearheaded the letter with other sponsors, including Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.)

“Iran must be held fully accountable for its continued role in funding Hamas and Islamic terror,” the representatives stated. “We urge the administration to take all necessary steps to cut off Iranian funding sources.

The letter also urged the U.S. government to “put significant pressure on Qatar and Turkey to cease their support for Hamas and expel Hamas leadership that they host.”

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