DILAW for Congress May 2Ol2 I am running to becomethe next U.S. Representative District from New York's 7thCongressional encompassing in neighborhoods Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The Lower East Side is one of thoseneighborhoods. I believethat the job of a Member of Congress to advocate constituents, is for articulatetheir concerns, protect their interests,and serveas their voice in domesticand nationalissues.The reasonthat I am challenging10+ermCongresswoman Nydia Yelinquez in the upcoming DemocraticPrimary is that I believethis fundamental duty hasbeenoverlooked.Our district needsa voice in Congress that will commit wholeheartedly our priorities; and one priority to where I differ most significantlyfrom my opponent,is United States'supportof Israel. Nydia Yelilzquez has the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation. In her 20 yearsin office shefailed to supportthe pro-Israelcommunity on nearly half of the measuresbroughtbeforethe Housein defense our ally. Suchinaction over the of courseof a tumultuoustwo decades Israelbegsthe question:Where was my opponentwhen for Israelneededher? And how doesher recordstackup? When comparingthe voting recordsof your former congresswoman, Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Yel1zquezon92 key votes,including Lettersof Supportand Co-sponsorships issuesranging on from Foreign Aid, Jerusalem, Arms Sales,Iran, and other Miscellaneous Issuesaffecting Israel and the Middle East,Maloney differed with the pro-Israelcommunity'sefforts for only six of thosevotes.My opponent went against Israel's interests 38 times! That's a whopping 40 percent disagreementwith what the pro-Israel community deemed proper and correct! If that is the type of representationyou want, then read no further. However, if you want someone who will support America's strongest_allyin the Middle East, the region's only democracy-the State of Israel----coupledwith a recordof delivering constituentservicesfor the last 1l yearsas a NYC councilman, thenplease continuereading. Sincerely, W|*lLErik Dilan for District Candidate New York's7thConsressional Primary is June 26 New York's Congressional www.dilanforcongress.com DILAW fur Congress Obamato In April 2010,my opponentdeclinedto sign-onto a letter urging President imposesanctions Iran in an effort to preventIran from obtainingnuclearweapons. on The letter was signedby more than 80 percentof HouseMembers. As a memberof CongressI will standwith Israel,and the majority of New York Delegates, publicly denouncing in hostileregimeslike Iran and Syria. Peacewith Palestinians... True and lasting peacebetweenIsraelisand Palestinians only be accomplished can by direct diplomatic talks betweenthe two parties.The U.S. can help lead efforts to allow for discussions peaceprovidingthat: of o Peace talksbegin with no pre-conditions; o Israelis recognized unconditionally a JewishState(a realitythat too many as Middle Easternnationshavefailed to accept); . All actsof violence and terror must ceaseand be denounced; o And Israelmust have recognized and defensibleborders,NOT the pre-'67 borders.There can be no compromise on this issue. In Support of Jerusalem... Jerusalem beenthe focal point of the hopesand prayersof the Jewishpeoplefor has 3,000 years.It's beenIsrael'scapitalcity sincenearly 2,500yearsbefore Columbus discovered America. And just as WashingtonD.C. marks the cornerstone our of democracyand housesour President for and Congress, doesJerusalem Israel. so However, my opponentchosenot to supportthe 1995Jerusalem EmbassyRelocation Act, nor did she sign on to any Jerusalem letters. As troubling as someof theseactionsare,my opponent'snaivetdspansthe length of her tenure in Congress when it comesto U.S. - Israelrelations.Her inactionas a U.S. Representative has inadvertentlyexacerbated decades the long strugglein Israel and the region. Now more thaneverour valuesand our interests demandthat the cornerstone U.S. policy of must be the unbreakable bond of solidaritybetweenthe United Statesand Israel,our only true ally in the Middle East for the last 64 years.My opponentcannotbe countedon to standby Israel.Our district deserves more from its Representatives. deservesomebodywho will We supportIsraelwhen it mattersmost. As a your Representative Congress, look forward to playing a major role in further in I strengthening that bond and provide the kind of proud supportfor Israel that is consistentwith our district'svalues. DILA for A strongU.S.-Israelallianceis a moral and strategicnecessity both our interests. to Our bond with Israelis groundedin common valuesand interests. Israel is a bastionof democracy,stability and freedomin a region long marredby tyranny, violenceand religious fanaticism. Israel is America's most dependable ally in an uncertainMiddle East.As a Member of Congress, I will bolsterIsrael'sstandingin the region and continueto build upon our critical working relationships there.When it comesto U.S. - Israelpolicy, my actionsin Congress will alwaysbe guidedby what'sbestfor both countries. Sadly, when it comesto standingwith Israel,my opponentfalls short. Foreign Aid... The stability of Israel is of vital nationalinterestto the United States.Israel lives in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods the world and because that it must be given in of every possibleedge,militarily and economically. I would be a reliable vote to continue foreign aid to Israel. Untike my opponent who voted against the following foreign aid bills - FY 2001, FY 2000 conf Report, FY 1999, FY 1997,FY 1996,FY 96/97, FY 1994,FY 1994 Conf Report. In defenseof Israel... As Israel sufferedcivilian casualtiesduring the SecondIntifada, 361 of her colleaguesin the Housevoted for a resolutioncondemningthe InternationalCourt of Justice'sbiased ruling that Israel'slife-savingsecurityfence was illegal. My opponentonly voted "Present." In 2010, when the American JewishCommitteeurged Congress supportIsrael'sright to to defendherself from Hamasattacks,shechoseNOT to standby Israel;even after three- quartersof the Housedid. My opponentfailed to supportnumerouslettersand resolutionscondemningterrorist acts againstIsrael going so far as to vote NO on the PalestinianAnti-Terror Act of 2006. She to was one of 37 U.S. Representatives do so. On Iran and Syria... In July 2006,after Israel conductedmilitary operationsagainstHezbollah in defenseof its northerncommunities,my opponentoptedto standwith the notoriously anti-Semitic Rep. Cynthia McKinney in calling for an immediateend to the military campaign.It is estimatedthat as many as 5,000rocketswere fired as far as 12 miles into Israel during the conflict, somebelievedto be Iranian-made.
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