Rick "Neocon" Perry urges US to halt Gaza flotillaSubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 06/30/2011 - 17:54
Presidentially, Perry urges U.S. to halt Gaza flotilla
Urging punishment for American participants, potential 2012 hopeful weighs in on support for Israel
By PEGGY FIKAC
June 30, 2011, 7:10AM
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, highlighting his affinity for Israeli causes as he contemplates a presidential run, has urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to aggressively work against a planned pro-Palestinian flotilla aimed at Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.
"As an American citizen and governor of one of its largest states, I write to applaud your recent efforts to warn and discourage those who have supported or plan to support a flotilla intended to interfere with Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip," Perry wrote in a June 28 letter released on Wednesday.
"More importantly, I write to encourage you to aggressively pursue all available legal remedies to enjoin and prevent these illegal actions, and to prosecute any who may elect to engage in them in spite of your preemptive efforts," Perry wrote.
Perry asked that the Justice Department "take immediate steps" against those found to be violating U.S. law, including bans on participating in a naval expedition against people with whom the United States is at peace and providing "material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization."