News / Middle East

Senate Committee Resolution Supports Israeli Action on Iran

US President Barack Obama (C), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and President Shimon Peres (L) listen to the national anthem at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport upon Obama's arrival on Mar. 20, 2013
US President Barack Obama (C), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and President Shimon Peres (L) listen to the national anthem at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport upon Obama's arrival on Mar. 20, 2013
Cecily Hilleary
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."

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."
 
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.”

You May Like

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

Multimedia 100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms

US food technology company develops fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans, believes it will cut sugar content in candy More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Dr. Chaudry from: UK
April 18, 2013 11:02 AM
Mr. Wulf, India is a joke all right... well, the "congress party" is a cruel joke on India... an Italian Communist cynical operation that has come to rule India by graft and corruption - Sonia Maino "Gandhi"... LOL... that is why India can not be trusted. The Italians look on India like they used to look on black "Abyssinia" LOL


by: JohnWV from: USA
April 18, 2013 6:30 AM
NO MORE WARS! The Jewish state has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. An Iran with nukes just might inhibit the Jewish state's brutish pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid empire. Mutually assured destruction could actually make Mideast peace possible. NO MORE WARS!


by: Marina from: Canada
April 17, 2013 2:25 PM
well... Obama, what are you waiting for? for four years you have smothered Israel from acting... you tied their hands, and denied them access to air tankers... its time the world got rid of these Islamic Iranian malignancy.


by: Wulf K from: Germany
April 17, 2013 2:18 PM
US/Israel has come to define the struggle to save our civilization. France is completely muslim, but surrender is in their nature; UK is rotten to the core with Islam - there are no Churchills in Britain today; Russia is a virtual KGB state dictatorship; China is a filthy diseased Kleptocracy, India can't be trusted; Holland is a virtually Muslim country... my country is just struggling to stay afloat... that leaves all of Western civilization to be defended by US/Israel...

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israeli
X
Carolyn Presutti
July 23, 2014 1:21 AM
The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

AppleAndroid