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President Obama: Time to Sanction Israel

by Josh Ruebner, Policy Director
March 23rd, 2015

Take Action: Tell US to “Reassess” Israel Relations with Sanctions

In a desperate bid to save his political career, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party veered even more to the right last week to win the Israeli election.

Sign our petition to President Obama: Time to Sanction Israel!

Netanyahu admitted that Israel’s illegal colonization of Palestinian land is designed to constrict Palestinian growth. He renounced his supposed commitment to Palestinian statehood. And he engaged in race-baiting by saying that Palestinian citizens of Israel exercising their democratic rights constituted a “danger.”

The Obama administration is livid and not buying Netanyahu’s feeble attempt to walk back his repudiation of Palestinian statehood. The White House has said it will “reassess” US-Israel relations. 

Please take a moment to sign this petition to President Obama. It states that this reassessment must include removing the US veto in the UN that enables Israel’s violations of international law. And it must include sanctioning Israel by ending the US military aid that makes us complicit in Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians.

Sign the petition now and then spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

History is replete with examples showing that the only way for the United States to move Israel is by getting tough with it.

In 1956, President Eisenhower cut off military aid to compel Israel’s withdrawal from the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. In 1975, President Ford “reassessed” relations by deferring requests for economic aid to pressure Israel into disengaging from Syrian and Egyptian territory. In 1981 and 1982, President Reagan halted the delivery of F-16’s and cluster bombs to protest Israeli attacks on Iraq and Lebanon. And in 1991, President Bush refused to sign loan guarantees to Israel in objection to settlement expansion.

For more than six years, the Obama administration has coddled Israel even as Netanyahu has repeatedly humiliated the president and frustrated his policy goals. 

Thank President Obama for finally recognizing that the time has arrived to “reassess” relations with Israel and sign our petition telling him to put some teeth into this reassessment

Thank you for taking action.


Josh Ruebner, 
Policy Director

Check out the huge amount of mainstream media coverage that we’ve been getting on Israel’s election.