Congressman Mark Meadows

Representing the 11th District of North Carolina


Meadows Authors Letter to President Demanding Answers on Israel Sanctions

Dec 5, 2014
Press Release

Meadows Authors Letter to President Demanding Answers on Israel Sanctions


Washington, D.C.— On Friday, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) authored a letter, signed by 47 of his colleagues, to President Obama demanding clarification on recent reports indicating the Administration is considering imposing sanctions against Israel for constructing homes in East Jerusalem.

Earlier this week, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf dodged questions on whether the Administration would pursue sanctions. On Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest failed to give a definitive yes or no answer when asked about the Administration’s position during the White House press briefing.

“I’m appalled that the Administration would even consider the idea of sanctioning Israel—one of our closest allies. We need clarification from the White House on this immediately,” Meadows said.

“What message does it send to the world for the US to impose sanctions against Israel while easing sanctions against Iran—a state-sponsor of terror with an abysmal human rights record?” Meadows added.

Signatories include: Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Dave Brat (R-VA), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Curt Clawson (R-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), Paul Cook (R-CA), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chuck Fleischmann, John Fleming (R-LA), (R-TN), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Joe Heck (R-NV), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Peter King (R-NY), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Billy Long (R-MO), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Luke Messer (R-IN), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), Pete Olson (R-TX), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Bill Posey (R-FL), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Aaron Schock (R-IL), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).


The letter text can be read below:

Dear President Obama:

Recent reports suggest that your Administration has held classified meetings over the past several weeks to discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions against Israel for its decision to construct homes in East Jerusalem. We urge you and your Administration to clarify these reports immediately.

Israel is one of our strongest allies, and the mere notion that the Administration would unilaterally impose sanctions against Israel is not only unwise, but is extremely worrisome. Such reports send a clear message to our friends and enemies alike that such alliances with the United States government can no longer be unquestionably trusted.

Further, at no point in time has Congress given the Administration the authority to sanction Israel. In fact, Congress has continued to show its unwavering support for Israel and has recently taken steps to increase our economic and military cooperation. At a time when you have requested an additional seven months to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear weapons program, any attempts to undermine the U.S.’s support of Israel will only further diminish the Administration’s ability to get Congressional support for any potential agreement with Iran.

While it is our hope that these reports are untrue, the fact that your Administration has failed to denounce or clarify them is deeply troubling.  The United States must stand firm in its commitments to Israel, or we risk fracturing our relationship with Israel and other key partners across the globe. We urge you to quickly and sharply address these concerns, as well as take the steps necessary to demonstrate America’s unwavering support for Israel.