Why The United States Must Stand With Israel

Over 75 years ago, the United States was the first nation to recognize the Jewish state of Israel and affirm its right to exist. Now, in the face of senseless attacks by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists, we must again stand with Israel and reaffirm its right to defend itself. 

The Islamic Resistance Movement, also known as Hamas, is an extremist fundamentalist Islamic organization operating in the territories under Israeli control. Hamas' covenant, which was issued on August 18, 1988, promotes one ultimate goal — to destroy the State of Israel through Jihad, or Islamic Holy War.

Since 1979, Iran — the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism — has created proxy forces throughout the Middle East by supporting Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups. Hamas has received as much as $150 million from Iran in one year, funds which are used to finance training, technology, and equipment.

We must continue to support our strongest ally in the Middle East and their right to defend themselves from these horrific attacks. The United States must provide Israel with every available resource — including sending any and all military assistance — to defend itself with overwhelming force against terrorists who will not stop until they are eliminated.

Blackburn Leads Senate Republicans On Freezing Biden's $6 Billion Payment To Iran

What Senator Blackburn Is Doing To Support Israel

Following the first attacks made by Hamas terrorists on the morning of October 7, 2023, Senator Blackburn immediately took action, calling on the Biden administration to send any arms necessary for Israel to protect and defend itself against terrorism.

Senator Blackburn took charge in leading members of the Tennessee delegation and 19 Senate colleagues and demanding the administration permanently freeze the $6 billion ransom payment to Iran. This deal was negotiated by the Biden administration as part of a prisoner swap — a move that served as the catalyst for Iran-backed Hamas terrorists to attack Israel.

We need to ensure the Biden administration will not release another dollar to Iran – even when the media attention on Israel dissipates – and send the $6 billion to Israel.

Additionally, Senator Blackburn has asked the administration to convene the G7 nations to jointly sanction Iran, demanded answers for violations of Iran’s Nuclear Program, and called for the removal of Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor.

Senator Blackburn has also introduced legislation to halt all funding for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which has a history of being antisemitic and employing individuals affiliated with Hamas.

Blackburn Calls On Biden To Freeze $6 Billion Iran Transfer

The Biden Administration's Foreign Policy Failures

Since day one in office, Biden's position on Iran has always been appeasement.

The Biden administration knew sending U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinians could bolster Hamas, yet President Biden sent the Palestinians $235 million in aid in 2021. 

Biden has chosen not to enforce many of the oil sanctions the U.S. previously imposed on Iran, freeing up cash for Iran to fund its terrorist proxies. 

As a result, Iranian oil production has increased substantially, and they are on track to produce the most oil since President Trump introduced sanctions in 2018. 

Biden has been desperate to negotiate another nuclear deal with Iran even though Tehran has been trying to assassinate former Trump administration officials. 

Blackburn On $6 Billon To Iran: Stop Appeasing Terrorists

Past Legislative Work

On March 7, 2023, Senator Blackburn co-sponsored the Taylor Force Martyr Payment Prevention Act, a bill to deter foreign financial institutions from providing banking services to benefit foreign terrorist organizations and facilitating or promoting payments for acts of terrorism. The Republican Jewish Coalition, Christians United for Israel, and the Zionist Organization of America support the legislation.
On March 1, 2023, Senator Blackburn co-signed a letter to Secretaries Blinken and Yellen Urging Sanctions on Iranian Parliament Members, highlighting the deteriorating state of human rights in Iran, notably the increasing series of unlawful executions by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) support this letter. 
On May 24, 2022, Senator Blackburn introduced the Iran China Accountability Act, which highlights the growing relationship between Iran and China, reiterates the need for any proposed deal with Iran to be brought before Congress, and condemns acts of terror by Hamas and other terrorist groups as their proxies.
On April 7, 2022, Senator Blackburn co-signed a letter to President Biden, asking the administration to provide Israel with the military capability to defend itself and prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear-weapon capability.
On March 14, 2022, Senator Blackburn joined 49 Senate Republicansto tell President Biden that an Iran agreement without broad congressional support will not survive.
On May 13, 2021, Senator Blackburn introduced the Hizballah in Latin America Accountability Act, a bill to impose certain measures with respect to Hizballah-affected areas in Latin America and the Caribbean and to impose sanctions with respect to senior foreign political figures in Latin America who support Hizballah.
On April 19, 2021, Senator Blackburn introduced the Iran Nuclear Deal Advice and Consent Acta bill to prohibit the use of federal funds to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal—unless the President commits to submit any successor agreement to the Senate for advice and consent as a treaty.
On March 25, 2021, Senator Blackburn co-signed a letter to President Biden that supports efforts to reach an agreement with Iran, preventing the regime from acquiring nuclear weapons and meaningfully constraining Tehran’s ballistic missile program.  

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