Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Press Release: National Coalition Urges Congress to Vote No Today on 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

From a US Campaign press release, issued today:
"Israel is portraying 'Iron Dome' as a means to shoot down rockets fired at its civilian population, but in reality these batteries will increase Israel's offensive capabilities," says US Campaign National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner. "Israel, like every other country in the world, is entitled to self-defense. However, there are scenarios when a nominally 'defensive' weapon such as an anti-missile battery dramatically changes the strategic balance and enhances offensive capabilities. With an effective missile defense shield in place, Israel will feel emboldened to launch additional wars of aggression, similar to or even larger in scale than those launched against Lebanon (July-August 2006) and the Gaza Strip (December 2008-January 2009). In past Israeli wars of aggression, thousands of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians have been killed by U.S. missiles. It's Palestinian and Lebanese civilians who are in desperate need of missile defense from Israel."
Read the full release here. Take action here.