U.S. Senate committee passes resolution to back Israel in conflict with Iran
Resolution 65 goes beyond affirming U.S. commitment to preventing a nuclear Iran to ensure it will ‘authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.’
The resolution, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and which has 79 co-sponsors, is expected to pass in the Senate.
According to the text of the resolution on the U.S. Congress’ website, the goal of the resolution is that: “If the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self defense against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, 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.”
The text of the resolution includes several clauses relating to the U.S. government’s positions on Iran: “The Department of State has designated the Islamic Republic of Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984 and has characterized the Islamic Republic of Iran as the ‘most active state sponsor of terrorism’ in the world.
“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has provided weapons,training, and funding to the regime of Bashar al Assad that has been used to suppress and murder its own people.”
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MJ Rosenberg wrote:
I worked on Capitol Hill for 15 years. The purpose of these nonbinding resolutions is to send a message to the president that going to war is what Congress wants and that he better pay attention, and two, to have language in place that lays groundwork for binding resolutions. Obama now knows that if Israel attacks Iran and the U.S. does not join in, he will have hell to pay with Congress. AIPAC does not waste its time with meaningless resolution. This is serious.
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