DearColleague.us

Letter

Seth Moulton

From the office of:

Seth Moulton

From: The Honorable Seth Moulton
Sent By: Peter.Billerbeck@mail.house.gov
Date: 3/11/2016

 

* DEADLINE EXTENDED TO WEDS. MARCH 16 * 

* AIPAC Supports this letter *

* OVER 20 BIPARTISAN SIGNATORIES *

 

(For more, see “Hamas and Iran: New era, new rules” http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/02/iran-hamas-arab-spring-tehran-visit-repair-relations.html)

 

Dear Colleagues,

Iran has continued to act in ways counterproductive to the safety and security of the Middle East, including to our key ally, Israel. Moreover, violence against civilians in Israel and the wider Middle East has reaffirmed the need to continue to actively counter Iran’s destabilizing influence and threatening activities.

That’s why we are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to work toward a new UN Security Council resolution to ban weapons transfers to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations by Iran or any other party.

As you may be aware, UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which bans arms transfers to and from Iran, is set to expire five years after Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Though other UN Security Council resolutions ban the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, Shia militias in Iraq and other militant groups, there are no UN Security Council resolutions specifically banning the transfer of weapons to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups

We are concerned that the expiration of the overall arms embargo in five years may lead to increased Iranian support for Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups. Therefore, we believe it is critical Secretary Kerry raise this issue at the UN Security Council to ensure the United States is doing all it can to prevent support for Hamas and other terrorist organizations that seek to kill civilians and do harm to our allies.

Please join us in bringing this matter to the urgent attention of Secretary Kerry.

 

The deadline to sign on has been extended to Wednesday, March 16, 2016. For more information or to sign, please contact Peter Billerbeck at Peter.Billerbeck@mail.house.gov (202-225-8020) or Zach Silberman atZach.Silberman@mail.house.gov (202-225-3635)

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Seth Moulton                         Adam Kinzinger

Member of Congress             Member of Congress

 

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Letter Text,

 

Dear Secretary Kerry,

 

We are writing to express our deep concern about Iran’s malign behavior in the region.  Through its support for terrorist groups’ asymmetrical activities, Iran has threatened our partners and now has a foothold in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and Yemen.

There has been much debate in Congress about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and its potential effect on Iran’s activities in the region. What is clear to all of us is that the United States must use its leadership in the international community to ensure that Iran, a leading state sponsor of terrorism, does not use the frozen Iranian funds released in accordance with the agreement to continue destabilizing the Middle East.

Specifically, we urge you to consider how the United States can work toward a new UN Security Council resolution to ban weapons transfers to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations, by Iran or any other party. According to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the ban on arms transfers to and from Iran is set to expire five years after Implementation Day of the JCPOA. You have pointed out that other UN Security Council Resolutions are designed to prevent anyone—including Iran, even after 5 years—from transferring weapons to Hezbollah, Shia militias in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen.

 

However, there are no UN Security Council resolutions banning the transfer of weapons to Hamas, and we have strong concerns that the expiration of the arms embargo in five years will open the door to greater Iranian support for Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups, which in turn could make the region more volatile, less secure, and continue to threaten our ally Israel.

As you said last year, “Any process to resolve the crisis in Gaza in a lasting and meaningful way must lead to the disarmament of Hamas and all terrorist groups.” You have also made clear repeatedly that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be resolved only through negotiations, rather than by unilateral actions or violence.

 

We believe that a new UN Security Council resolution banning weapons transfers to Palestinian terrorist groups is consistent with these statements and important to realizing the goals you have articulated.

We look forward to working with you in this effort to reduce Iran’s dangerous influence in the region, including with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, thereby ensuring Israel’s security and helping the people of the Middle East build a more stable and prosperous future.

 

Seth Moulton                                      Adam Kinzinger

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress