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

Anti-Terror Drills Highlight China’s Push Into Central Asia

China, Russia, several central Asian countries wrap up massive anti terrorism military drills in Inner Mongolia More

Erdogan’s First Step: Secure More Power in New Role in Turkey

Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday; he picked former foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu as PM More

Pakistan Army Fails to Break Political Deadlock

PM Sharif claims he didn't ask army to defuse crisis; military rejects claim 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.
Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assaulti
X
Daniel Schearf
August 29, 2014 9:30 PM
After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
Video

Video Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault

After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
Video

Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.
Video

Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.
Video

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
Video

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Video

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
Video

Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
Video

Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.
Video

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. Shaikh Azizur Rahman reports from Kolkata.

AppleAndroid