French-Palestinian UN Security Council Resolution is Irresponsible, Will Undermine Any Prospect of Peace, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“If the resolution comes up for a vote, the U.S. must veto this measure and it must make it painfully clear to Abu Mazen that there will be severe consequences if he continues to pursue his scheme to achieve unilateral recognition at the UN or join other UN bodies, like the International Criminal Court.”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding the joint French-Palestinian draft UN Security Council Resolution. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“By helping to draft this resolution for the Palestinians to introduce at the UN Security Council, France is now part of the problem and not the solution when it comes to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Being anti-Israel is now becoming the new anti-Semitism, and this latest effort by France and the Palestinians to delegitimize Israel comes on the heels of the French National Assembly vote to recognize the non-existent State of Palestine.
“Anti-Semitism is on the rise in France and across Europe, with a record number of Jews having fled France for the one place they can truly feel safe – Israel. This resolution also comes on the heels of the European Union court making a grave mistake and removing Hamas from their terrorism list at a time when reports indicate that Hamas, which is designated in the U.S. as a terrorist organization, is currently reconstructing tunnels in preparation to launch more indiscriminate rockets against Israel. By introducing this resolution, France is adding fuel to the efforts to delegitimize Israel and is effectively undermining any prospects for peace and security in the region.
“Introducing this resolution also reaffirms the epic failure of American leadership and diplomacy, as Secretary Kerry and the Obama administration have been unsuccessful in preventing the Palestinians from introducing this resolution at the UN Security Council. If the resolution comes up for a vote, the U.S. must veto this measure and it must make it painfully clear to Abu Mazen that there will be severe consequences if he continues to pursue his scheme to achieve unilateral recognition at the UN or join other UN bodies, like the International Criminal Court. If Abu Mazen was a real partner for peace, he would drop this charade and agree to negotiate without any preconditions through direct discussions with Israel.”
Ros-Lehtinen Declara que Firma del United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act Reafirma Fuerte Apoyo Bipartidista para Israel
“Con la promulgación de esta ley, le entregamos al Estado de Israel un estatus único como gran aliado estratégico”
(WASHINGTON) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración referente a la promulgación por parte del Presidente del United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“Con la promulgación de esta ley, le entregamos al Estado democrático Judío de Israel un estatus único como gran aliado estratégico y reafirmamos nuestro apoyo a aumentar la ventaja cualitativa militar de Israel. El Estado de Israel se enfrenta a implacable amenazas existenciales no solo de Irán, sino también de sus grupos asociados como Hamas y Hezbollah que continuamente han hecho llamados para erradicar de la tierra a nuestro más cercano aliado en el Medio Oriente. Me gustaría agradecer a mis colegas en ambas cámaras del Congreso por su apoyo bipartidista al derecho de Israel a defenderse a sí mismo y a sus ciudadanos y espero que esta ley sea implementada inmediatamente.”
NOTA: La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen y el Congresista Ted Deutch son autores del proyecto de ley HR – 938 - Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013. El proyecto fue aprobado por la Cámara de Representantes el 5 de Marzo de 2014, por un voto de 410-1. Los Senadores Barbara Boxer y Roy Blunt fueron los patrocinadores del proyecto de ley S. S.2673 que fue el 3 de Diciembre de 2014.
Ros-Lehtinen Says United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act Becoming Law Reaffirms Bipartisan Strong US Support for Israel.
“With the signature of this bill into law, we afford the democratic Jewish State of Israel a unique status as a major strategic partner”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement after the President signed into law the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“With the signature of this bill into law, we afford the democratic Jewish State of Israel a unique status as a major strategic partner, and reaffirm our support to enhance Israel’s qualitative military edge. Israel faces relentless existential threats not only from Iran but also its proxy terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, who continuously have called for our closest ally in the Middle East to be erased from the face of the earth. I would like to thank my colleagues in both houses of Congress for their bipartisan support of Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens and look forward to ensuring that this law gets implemented immediately."
NOTE: Chairman Ros-Lehtinen and Ranking Member Deutch are the authors of HR – 938, the United States – Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on March 5, 2014 by a vote of 410-1. Senators Barbara Boxer and Roy Blount were the Senate sponsors of the bill S. 2673 which was passed on December 3, 2014.
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I am proud to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District, a diverse area which includes Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Hialeah, Key Biscayne, Little Havana, Miami, Pinecrest, South Miami, and Westchester.
I was born in Havana, Cuba on July 1952. At the age of eight, my family and I were forced to flee from the oppressive communist regime of Fidel Castro. We settled in Miami and put down permanent roots in our community. I attended Southside Elementary School in Little Havana, West Miami Junior High, and Southwest High School. In the years following, I earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1972, Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Florida International University in 1975 and 1985 respectively, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami in 2004. I consider education a lifelong journey.
I began my career as a Florida certified teacher. I also founded and served as the principal and teacher of a private bilingual elementary school in Hialeah. I was inspired to enter public service by many of the parents and students; to fight on their behalf for a stronger educational system, lower taxes, and a brighter economic future.
In 1982 I was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives and the Florida Senate in 1986, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in either body. In the state legislature I authored the Florida Prepaid College Plan, which is now the largest pre paid college tuition program in the nation. More than one million Florida families have used this program to send their children to college.
I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1989– the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress–following a special election to fill the seat held by the late Claude Pepper. I have been strongly returned to Congress since, winning 60% of the vote in 2012.
To this day, I remain committed to improving the lives of my constituents and our beautiful South Florida community. As the economy remains a pressing issue, I support reducing taxes and cutting back unnecessary government spending. I also support plans to balance the federal budget and increase tax incentives for small businesses and middle class families. South Florida has also felt the devastating effects of the housing crisis. I have fought to end predatory lending practices by mortgage companies and extend the first time homebuyers tax credit.
Given my background in education, I have worked to strengthen the Head Start program. I have also supported legislation to increase the availability to student financial aid and revise the cumbersome and complicated Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
I am a strong advocate of programs that address the serious problem of domestic violence against women. I was a lead sponsor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which increases resources towards the prosecution of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. I also support legislation to increase criminal penalties for perpetrators of Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud is a deplorable practice which robs hardworking seniors of the benefits they spent a lifetime earning, while also wasting billions in taxpayer dollars.
As the wife of a Vietnam veteran and step-mother to Marine aviators, I am passionate about improving our nation’s military, safeguarding veteran’s health care, and ensuring that returning veterans have access to a college education. I have been an outspoken critic of the Miami VA’s recent failures to notify veterans who were at risk of infection, due to contaminated colonoscopy equipment. I also authored legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). These women pioneers had been denied recognition for their service during World War II.
I am Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and am now Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In this role, I continue to voice my strong support for the state of Israel and human rights, including my opposition to Castro’s dictatorial regime in Cuba. I have also led on pressing foreign policy issues including the fight against Islamist extremism, and support of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.
I also serve as a member of the House Committee on Rules. This Committee decides what legislation makes it to the House floor and its members are chosen by the Speaker of the House. My priorities as a member of this Committee is to get our nation’s economy back on track and ensure passage of legislation that betters the state of our nation.
I am the proud wife to Dexter Lehtinen, mother and step-mother to 4 adult children, and grandmother to two beautiful baby girls – Morgan Elizabeth and Caroline Grace.
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Pain Remains for Cuban-Americans in Congress http://t.co/avHCGtTt26
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Obama diplomacy already working: Raul Castro promises Cubans "prosperous and sustainable communism." Good luck with that, fellows.
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