SENATE UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTS ISRAELI SELF-DEFENSE AGAINST IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marshall Wittmann, mwittmann@aipac.org

May 22, 2013

 

SENATE  UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTS ISRAELI SELF-DEFENSE AGAINST IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

WASHINGTON — AIPAC applauds the US Senate for unanimously  pledging  to stand by our Israeli ally should it take military action in its own legitimate defense against the nuclear threat from Iran.  The Senate action on Resolution S. R. 65 comes at a critical moment as Iran stands on the verge of attaining nuclear weapons capability following repeated defiance of the international community.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sponsored the resolution. The resolution garnered 92 co-sponsors. It specifies that the United States should provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to Israel “in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.”  The resolution also reiterates that the policy of the United States is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and to take such action as may be  necessary to implement this policy.  The resolution further urges the President to strengthen enforcement of sanctions on Tehran.

The passage of this resolution is an extremely significant and timely statement of solidarity with Israel  and a restatement of America’s determination to thwart Iran’s nuclear quest  – which endangers  American, Israeli, and international security.  

Consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, AIPAC is a bipartisan American membership organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel. For more than 50 years, AIPAC has been working with Congress to build a strong, vibrant relationship between the U.S. and Israel. With more than 100,000 members across the United States, AIPAC works throughout the country to improve and strengthen that relationship by supporting U.S.-Israel military, economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.

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