The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are key players in maintaining Israel’s strong relationship with Washington. When elected officials visit their home districts, they set aside time to meet with concerned citizens and may be willing to meet with your church or civic group. Make an effort to develop ties with as many of your representatives as possible and to inform yourselves of their voting record on Israel-related issues. If they stand for Israel, thank them for doing so and if they don’t, explain why they should.
Don’t limit your focus to elected officials in Washington. Often, important issues related to Israel are the subject of debate at the state and local level as well. A number of city governments across the country have considered anti-Israel resolutions.
Points to keep in mind when communicating with elected officials:
- Be clear and concise.
- Reserve phone calls for urgent issues. When a vote is pending on an issue of importance to Israel, it’s a good time to call and express your views.
- Know your facts! If you are unsure of the message you want to convey, get clarification before contacting your elected officials.
- Be polite. Nothing is gained by offending or alienating an elected official. Even if he or she does not support Israel, keep open lines of communication and keep making convincing arguments.
For contact info for you elected officials, go to:http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml