Rep. Blake Moore updates 1st District constituents on conflict in Middle East

U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT) released a prepared statement on Oct. 10 to update his 1st District constituents on the recent escalation of war between the state of Israel and Hamas terrorists in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The renewal of warfare between Israel and the Middle East terrorist group Hamas couldn’t have come at a worse time for officials here in Washington.

While all-out war rages between Israel and Gaza, the U.S. House is without leadership following the ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Oct. 2.

“We cannot debate or advance support to aid Israel,” said Rep. Blake Moore in a prepared statement updating his 1st District constituents on the conflict. “Due to the actions of eight House Republicans and all Democrats last week, the House of Representative is without a speaker.

“What would happen if we needed to declare war?” he added. “This is a sad example that when you act in self-interest, you weaken our nation and our allies.”

Hamas launched their sneak attack on Israel from the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Oct. 7, the morning of the Jewish holiday Shemini Atzeret and the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

The attack – which Moore said must have taken Hamas months to plan and prepare for – not only took Israeli officials by surprise, but also blindsided U.S. intelligence in the Middle East.

As of Oct. 10, at least 1,000 Israeli and foreign citizens — including some Americans- – have been killed in street-fighting in southern towns in Israel. Hamas claims to have abducted 130 people and 260 have been found dead at the site of a music festival near the Gaza border.

Israel declared war on Oct. 7 and began retaliatory strikes against the Hamas strongholds in the densely populated and impoverished Gaza Strip.

The conflict has been met with mixed signals from the Biden administration.

On Oct. 10, President Joe Biden promised to have Israel’s back, issuing a clear statement of support for the embattled Jewish state.

But the Office of Palestinian Affairs at the State Department first posted, then deleted a statement on X – the social media application formerly known as Twitter – that called for “all sides (in the conflict) to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks.”

“Israeli citizen are being murdered in the streets,” Moore countered in his statement. “They are fully justified in using whatever forceful means are necessary to stop the violence and ensure that this never happens again.”

U.S. officials are aware that Iran has funded Hamas for years and provided training for their leadership, Moore explained.

Despite that, the Biden administration moved in September to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian assets in exchange for the release of Americans jailed in the country controlled by its Islamic clergy.

“The American people should be furious that the Biden administration unfroze $6 billion in Iranian assets in exchange for American political prisoners,” Moore argued. “While the administration claims that the money could not be used for military purposes, we know that Iran cannot be trusted.”

In response to the ongoing conflict, Moore said that the U.S. House needs to select a speaker immediately and the Biden administration should call an emergency meeting of its international economic partners to develop a plan to help Israel and coordinate sanctions on Hamas and its financial backers.

Moore said those steps should include “ … an honest assessment of Iran’s involvement with the (Hamas) attacks and imposing sanctions where necessary.”

He also called for an investigation into why U.S. intelligence failed to predict the Hamas attacks and added that Congress should “heavily scrutinize” future aid packages to the Palestinian Authority to ensure that they will not indirectly benefit Hamas.

“America has an opportunity to lead in this conflict,” Moore concluded. “We need to reaffirm our commitment to the Israeli people, religious liberty and the eradication of terrorism.”

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1 Comment

  • Focus on Domestic Problems October 13, 2023 at 8:48 am Reply

    I sympathize with the plight of both the citizens of Israel and Palestine who are bearing the brunt of their government’s poor diplomatic relations; I can’t help but point out: why doesn’t America take care of the problems we have at home? We have our own invasion going on at the southern border where millions of mainly military aged men (not women and children) are just walking into our country unvetted and unknown. We are $33 trillion in debt, we have depleted our own military defenses by our continued support of a proxy war in Ukraine, and millions of Americans are homeless, hungry, and facing dire economic conditions brought on by the same pious idiots who want to send more of our money and weapons to another foreign country. American interventionist/imperialist policies need to stop. Our country is facing catastrophic consequences from inflation, from the administration cutting off our domestic energy supplies, from the invasion of our borders, etc, etc, etc. They advocate for and fund every other country except the one for which they’re accountable. They’re more concerned about protecting the borders of foreign nations than they are in protecting our own borders. America needs to fix our own problems before we start funding another war at the taxpayers’ expense. Blake Moore swore an oath to the people of Utah, not to the Jewish population in Israel, not to the Palestinian people in Gaza, and not to the Ukrainian people either. Enough handouts. Focus on the problems at home.

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