Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Hosted

Mayor Wildes and wife Amy Wildes hosted Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in their home last November 4, 2007.


Senator Lautenberg is running for his fifth term and currently sits on the key Appropriations Committee. He is a co-sponsor of the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act.

Photo left to right: Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Amy Wildes, and Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes

 

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Event Time Has Been Changed to 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Senator Frank Lautenberg

On Sunday evening, November 4th at 7:00 PM, NORPAC will proudly sponsor an event for Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) hosted by Amy and Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes of 25 E. Linden Ave in Englewood , NJ .

Senator Lautenberg is running for his fifth term and currently sits on the key Appropriations Committee. He is a co-sponsor of the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act. Below is a summary of some of Senator Lautenberg's leadership on pro-Israel legislation. Please contact Ben Chouake at bchouake@aol.com to participate.

Event Chair: Mayor Michael Wildes

Co-Chairs (in-formation):
Razi & Howard Baruch
Ben Chouake
Esther & Mort Fridman
Rabbi Menachem Genack
Fred Horowitz
Robert Jacobs
Jack Halpern
Leon Kozak
Toby & Michael Parker


Senator Lautenberg on US-Israel Relations
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A life-long supporter of the State of Israel, Senator Lautenberg has sponsored and cosponsored many initiatives aimed at strengthening the US-Israel relationship. As the former national head of United Jewish Appeal (UJA) and later as a United States Senator, he has made over 80 trips to the Jewish state and knows and had known many top Israeli leaders. He has also personally endowed a cancer research institute - called "The Lautenberg Center" - at Hebrew University in Jerusalem .

Middle East Peace Process
Senator Lautenberg co-sponsored legislation stating that U.S. policy must promote the emergence of a democratic Palestinian governing authority that denounces and combats terrorism, upholds human rights for all people, and has agreed to recognize Israel as an independent Jewish state. This legislation, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, goes further by restricting the use of U.S. funds for the purpose of any official contact with Hamas or any other Palestinian terrorist organization until the group meets four key criteria:

· Recognizes Israel 's right to exist

· Renounces terrorism

· Dismantles the terrorist infrastructure

· Recognizes all previous agreements and understanding between Israel and the PA

Israel's Right to Defend Herself
Senator Lautenberg strongly supports Israel 's right to defend herself against threats to the nation's security. When Hezbollah terrorists launched rocket attacks on Israel in 2006, Senator Lautenberg supported Israel 's right to launch military action.

Hamas and Hezbollah Kidnappings
In the summer of 2006, simultaneous conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Israel and Hezbollah erupted after two events where Israeli soldiers were attacked and kidnapped. On June 25, 2006, Hamas crossed into Israel and attacked a military post, killing 2 soldiers and kidnapping Corporal Gilad Shalit and on July 12, 2006 terrorists of Hezbollah crossed into Israel and kidnapping Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Immediately after the first kidnapping, Senator Lautenberg took the floor to condemn these acts of terrorism and called for the immediate release of the captured Israeli soldier. In March 2007, he co-sponsored a resolution calling for the immediate release of all the soldiers. This resolution passed the Senate unanimously.

Iran
Iran 's uranium enrichment and developing nuclear program coupled with Iranian President's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's repeated anti-Israel rhetoric is one Senator Lautenberg's gravest concerns. In the 109th Congress, he sponsored a resolution condemning Ahmadinejad's remarks calling for Israel to be wiped off the map and a resolution condemning a Holocaust denial Conference held in Tehran. Both Lautenberg resolutions were adopted by the Senate.

Working to cut-off sources of revenue for Iran , Senator Lautenberg is pushing tougher sanctions on the fanatical government in Tehran . Senator Lautenberg has authored a bold proposal to close loopholes in Iranian sanctions laws, so that American companies do not in any way contribute assistance to the terror regime in Iran . Lautenberg has also passed several Senate resolutions condemning Iranian President Achmadinejad for his anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements. In the 110th Congress this provision was added as part of a comprehensive Iran sanctions bill, of which Senator Lautenberg is a primary sponsor.

"Lautenberg Amendment" for Jewish Refugees
A law written by Senator Lautenberg has given hundreds of thousands of Jews a new and better life.The immigration law known as the "Lautenberg Amendment" provided critical refuge for religiously persecuted Jews from the former Soviet Union .

Since its passage in 1989, every Congress has renewed the Lautenberg Amendment. Because of the amendment, 303,616 Jews left the former Soviet Union from 1989 - 2005. An additional 172,252 non-Jews benefited from this amendment, totaling 475,868 people overall. It is also worth noting that since 2002, 1,376 Jews have been able to leave Iran , in addition to 2,820 non-Jewish Iranians. For FY06, it was estimated that about 7,000 religious minorities from the former Soviet Union and 3,000 from Iran -- along with 1,000 Vietnamese refugees -- received protection due to this provision.

In the 109th and 110th Congresses, Senator Lautenberg authored a resolution recognizing the rights and status of Jewish refugees from Arab nations. According to various sources, approximately 850,000 Jews were displaced from Arab countries. The resolution puts all refugees (including Jews) from the Middle East and North Africa on equal footing when references are made to refugees.

Ending the Arab Boycott
Senator Lautenberg worked to press the Bush administration on holding accountable nations in the Middle East region that continue to boycott Israel . In March 2006, Senator Lautenberg sent a letter urging President Bush to protest the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to host an annual meeting of Organization of the Islamic Conference to discuss strengthening the Israeli boycott scheduled for March 13-15, 2006 in Jeddah. Saudi Arabia , which was admitted into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2005, was violating WTO rules by not ending its boycott on Israel .

U.S. Aid to Israel
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Lautenberg has consistently supported strong economic and military aid to Israel . Israel 's security is linked to our own nation's security, and it is critical that we support Israel 's efforts.

Justice for Victims of Terrorism
Senator Lautenberg has helped victims of terror hold perpetrators accountable. He wrote several critical laws that allow victims of terrorism to bring legal action against foreign governments that sponsor terrorist acts. This legislation helped the Flatow and Duker families of New Jersey - both victims of terrorist attacks in Israel - recover damages from Iran .

Holding Syria Accountable
Senator Lautenberg was an original cosponsor of the Syria Accountability Act "to halt Syrian support for terrorism, end its occupation of Lebanon , stop its development of weapons of mass destruction, cease its illegal importation of Iraqi oil, and hold Syria accountable for its role in the Middle East , and for other purposes." This bill gives the Administration panoply of policy options to exert pressure on Syria . Cosponsoring this bill is consonant with his long-standing support for the ILSA Congressional sanctions against Syria . It became law in December 2003.

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