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US Lawmakers Pledge to Back Israel Against Iran

US Senators Approve Stronger Sanctions Against Irani
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May 23, 2013
U.S. senators have adopted a resolution calling for continued and stronger sanctions against Iran. Zlatica Hoke reports the resolution also says the United States will support Israel if that nation decides to act against Iran in self-defense.

Video report by Z. Hoke.

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Michael Bowman
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution affirming America's firm opposition to Iran's nuclear ambitions, and pledging full support for Israel in the event of an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

The chance to slam Iran’s government and speak up for Israel brought a rare moment of complete bipartisan unity to the Senate. Republican Lindsey Graham was a lead sponsor of the resolution.

“If that day ever comes where Israel has to take military action, to our friends in Israel: we will be there with you every step of the way diplomatically, economically, and, yes, militarily. And to the Iranian people: we would love to have a better relationship with you. To the Iranian regime: you are one of the biggest evils on the planet. And we will stand up to you. We will stand by our friends,” Graham said.

The resolution is an expression of the collective will of the Senate. It neither authorizes the use of U.S. military force, nor constitutes a declaration of war.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez noted a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency saying that Iran has boosted its ability to enrich uranium with hundreds of new centrifuges.

“We seek full implementation of U.S. and international sanctions on Iran, and urge the president [Barack Obama] to continue to strengthen enforcement of those sanctions. I cannot emphasize enough my strong concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, and the extraordinary threat it poses - yes, to Israel, but very importantly to the United States of America,” Menendez said.

Iran has long insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, arguing that Israel is the true threat to regional peace.

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by: Emmet from: USA
May 25, 2013 1:49 PM
It requires a special kind of cowardice for a militaristic global empire that spends more on mechanized death than the rest of the world combined to be so frightened of a country with a defense budget the size of Singapore's who hasn't attacked another country in 300 years.


by: Mike Yohe from: USA
May 23, 2013 4:24 PM
How quickly the Senators forget.
Iran said it would agree to the nuclear free Middle East.
But Israel refuses. Iran is only going nuclear because Israel is nuclear. A balance of power issue.
I think the Senators are after Israeli lobbing money.

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by: Mr RPM from: USA
May 23, 2013 6:35 PM
Mike, first off Israel NEVER signed the Anti Nuke P Act and Iran did. As such it is Iran that is outside the bounds of International law.
Moreover there is a balance of power now with Israel being the ONLY nation in the middle east with nukes surrounded by their enemies (think a guy with a gun and 7 enemies around him with knives). Once Iran gets a nuke there will be a arms race in the most unstable place in the world. And Iran has three times talked about making Israel a "historical footnote" or "wiping them off the map". Nothing like that has been stated by Israel about their enemies. Lastly, Israel does NOT act the way Iran does (similar to how NK does), and as such is NOT represent the same type of threat. Iran and NK are run by NUTS! Any questions?


by: Vinay Prasad from: India
May 23, 2013 3:42 PM
Senators, dream, dream. There are many many more friends of Iran than what you think. And dont think if you senators pledge, it will solve all problems. Look at Syria. Russia has sold advanced anti aircraft firepower to that country precluding imposition of an American lead no fly zone. So similarly, the Chinese and Russians will never tolerate any opportunity of having an american hand over Iranian oil. Senators, you dream of fanciful things. Its of no use. Dont waste your time.


by: Amin from: Texas
May 23, 2013 1:17 PM
I am sure these two will be the first in line to sign up for deferment.


by: Elias Taylor from: USA
May 23, 2013 11:45 AM
what can u expect from congressmen who are slaves of AIPAC. they do not represent my country (USA) they do a better job of representing the apartheid zionist entity. shame that my tax $ are allocated towards their destructive efforts. lindsey grahm might as well join the IDF or be hired as their agents' spokesperson. we need to take back this country as soon as possible! it's not just neocons anymore, tools like obama and sen. feinstein are to be blamed as well!


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 23, 2013 11:33 AM
Kudos to the senate. Wish the American numeruno can take a cue. But much talk of support and no action while Iran fly away with greater number of centrifuges and launch abilities to reach not only Israel but also New York and the District of Colombia is a serious mistake. Posterity stands to judge the truth of the Obama administration with its political arms to support its allies Israel in its trying time in the face of nuclear annihilation by a brutish, extremist and fundamentalist islamist regime in Iran. Let's go beyond rhetorics and face the action that this threat presents. America is not known to be lily levered. You can't be speaking from both ends of the mouth. A threat to civilization is a threat to America. It is a threat to all humanity which only one superpower should frontally confront. Unless we are to look out for another superpower, which of course is why many are rather flocking to China of recent.

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