The Baltimore County Republican Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of Israel’s self-defense on Sept. 8.
“The Central Committee is effectively the face of the Republican party for the county,” said Rudy Stoler, the primary author of the resolution and a county council candidate for District 2. “We wanted a way to connect with our Jewish voters.”
All 25 committee members voted in favor of the resolution. Although there are only three Jewish members, the resolution passed with flying colors after some fine-tuning.
The resolution cites Baltimore’s support of Israel as well as Baltimore’s sister city, Ashkelon, which has been subject to rocket attacks during fighting in Gaza.
The resolution “calls on all American legislators to uphold Israel’s right of self-defense; condemns the use of Palestinians by terrorists as human shields; calls on the United States ambassador to the United Nations to resist unfair treatment of Israel; calls on the U.S. government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; states our concern for members and families of our community serving in the Israel Defense Forces; extends our support to the government of Israel and particularly the municipal government of Ashkelon as they seek to re-establish commerce, routine and security; and wishes Jews around the world a sweet new year.”
The resolution was endorsed by Republican candidates for U.S. Congress, statewide offices and state and local legislative seats in Baltimore County and Montgomery County as well as by Diana Waterman, chairman of the Maryland GOP.