Take Action to Strengthen Israel’s Security and Promote Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean

Join AJC in urging members of Congress to co-sponsor the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act. Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are strong democracies and U.S. allies that are on the frontline against Turkish anti-Western authoritarianism, Russian aggression, and terrorism spreading through the Middle East and beyond. Cooperation modeled in the Eastern Mediterranean has the power to emanate and project stability and democratic values throughout the Middle East, strengthening Israel’s most secure and strategic border: its maritime border with the Mediterranean.

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Take Action to Strengthen Israel’s Security and Promote Cooperation
Dear Senator/Representative,

As your constituent, I am writing to urge your support of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act. In the House, H.R.2913 was introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and David Cicilline (D-RI). In the Senate, S.1102 was introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Energy diplomacy has the power to replace conflict in the region with cooperation and coexistence. This bill strengthens energy partnerships by authorizing the establishment of a U.S.-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Center and ensuring U.S. participation in the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum.
Additionally, the bill ends the arms embargo on Cyprus to strengthen the U.S.-Cyprus relationship and enhance NATO-EU security cooperation. The embargo was started in 1987 to encourage reunification efforts and to evade an arms race on the island. However, reunification remains elusive and while Turkey benefits from U.S. weapons systems, Cyprus has been forced to turn elsewhere.
As Turkish President Erdogan becomes increasingly aggressive in the region, Turkey must be held to account. Turkey is currently in talks with Russia to acquire Russian S-400 air defense missiles, which U.S. and NATO officials have concluded would pose a risk to NATO assets. The S-400 system’s radars can build detailed signatures of NATO planes, including F-35 joint strike fighters that Turkey acquires from the United States. Secretary of State Pompeo has stated unequivocally that Turkey cannot receive F-35s if it acquires Russia’s S-400 system. Congress is also consistently on record reaffirming this position.
The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act provides tools for a comprehensive U.S. strategy in the region by strengthening energy partnerships, ending the arms embargo on Cyprus, and holding Turkey accountable for its aggression in the region.
Thank you for your consideration.


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