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04/18/13

Senate Committee Resolution Supports Israeli Action on Iran

By Cecily Hilleary, VOA

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution expressing U.S. solidarity with Israel if it has to defend itself militarily against Iran’s nuclear development program.

The resolution, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), was approved Tuesday and must now be considered by the full Senate.

Resolution 65 says Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons capability poses a threat to the United States, the West and Israel. It urges the full implementation of U.S. and international sanctions on Iran and calls on President Obama to continue to strengthen their enforcement.

“If the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” the resolution said, "the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide, in accordance with United States law and the constitutional responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence."


Related ACTION ALERT

10 Years After Iraq, Stop War with Iran
A measure (S.Res.65) is moving rapidly through the Senate that would call for the U.S. to commit to war if Israel decides to strike Iran. Under such a scenario, it would be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who decides and announces that the U.S. is going to war with Iran. Take action by calling your two Senators and one Representative in Congress to oppose the new war and sanctions legislation.


The original bill, introduced in late February, Originally, the bill referred only to “self-defense,” not "legitimate self-defense," and it did not mention Congress' authority to authorize the use of force.

Ori Nir, spokesman for Americans for Peace Now, said APN is happy with the new language.

“Some Senate staffers referred to the initial resolution as a 'backdoor to war' with Iran, a de-facto authorization, which is neither good for Israel nor for the U.S.,” Nir said. We called on our activists to point out the pitfalls of S. Res. 65 to their Senators, and thankfully the problematic initial language of the resolution was dropped or softened."

Historic Background

"Revealed: the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal
October 5, 1986 - The British newspaper The Sunday Times

Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons and to be the sixth country in the world to develop them. It is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognized as a Nuclear Weapons State by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the others being India, Pakistan and North Korea.


Passage of the resolution came as Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned during Independence Day celebrations that Israel might have to go it alone against Iran.

Former Israeli diplomat Josef Olmert told VOA, “The question of Iran's nuclear program may have been pushed to back pages, but the Senate initiative, as well as statements made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’alon suggest the level of concern that still exists.

Olmert said he hopes the tensions between Israel and Iran can be resolved peacefully, but that “if all options are on the table, as we constantly hear, then it is encouraging for the Israelis to know that bipartisan support in the US is as solid as ever.”

 

Related Book

Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East

Journalist Jonathan Cook explores Israel's key role in persuading the Bush administration to invade Iraq, as part of a plan to remake the Middle East, and their joint determination to isolate Iran and prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons that might rival Israel's own. This concise and clearly argued book makes the case that Israel's desire to be the sole regional power in the Middle East neatly chimes with Bush's objectives in the "war on terror". Examining a host of related issues, from the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to the role of Big Oil and the demonization of the Arab world, Cook argues that the current chaos in the Middle East is the objective of the Bush administration---a policy that is equally beneficial to Israel.

 

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