By: Morton A. Klein
March 2, 2012
ZOA Praises Florida State Legislature for Passage of Historic Resolution Recognizing Israel’s Right to All of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem
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The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) offers its highest praise of the Florida Legislature’s unanimous passage of Senate Resolution 1396 and House Resolution 1447.
Senate Resolution 1396 was passed on February 1, 2012. It was sponsored by Senator Alan Hays and was co-sponsored by all 39 other members of the Florida Senate, the highest possible expression of support that the Resolution could receive.
House Resolution 1447 was passed on February 29, 2012. It was sponsored by Representative Scott Plakon, and was co-sponsored by a group of 29 other representatives, including 20 Republicans and 9 Democrats. The resolution was passed 108-0.
Among its many important factual recitations the resolution explicitly states that:
§ “the 650,000 Jews presently residing in the areas of Judea,
§ “those same haters of
§ “the members of [Florida’s Legislature] support Israel in its legal, historical, moral and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a whole and united Israel governed under one law for all people.”
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein and ZOA Florida Executive Director Joseph Sabag said, “A concerted campaign is being waged against the Jewish state to deny its legitimacy in virtually every aspect of its historical, legal, political, and cultural life. This effort is aimed at undermining the very foundations of
“It is imperative to note the particularly important role played by
Senator Alan Hays said, “”I was pleased to sponsor this Resolution supporting our very strong ally, the State of Israel.
Representative Scott Plakon said, “The first vote I cast as a member of the Florida House of Representatives was in favor of a resolution expressing solidarity with