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US Congress Gives Warm Welcome to Israeli PM Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by House of Representatives members, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 6, 2012.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by House of Representatives members, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 6, 2012.
Cindy Saine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday wrapped up his visit to the United States with a warm welcome from lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Iran’s nuclear program is said to have dominated the closed-door talks Netanyahu had with bipartisan groups of Senate and House leaders.

After meeting with the visiting prime minister, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said the U.S. Congress will always stand by Israel, and will never allow the Jewish state to stand alone.

“The looming threat of a nuclear Iran cannot be ignored. Ambiguity could lead to serious miscalculations, which is what we collectively hope to avoid,” said Boehner.

Boehner called on the United States and Israel to be clear in their communications with each other, and in their communications with Iran.  Some Republican lawmakers and three of the Republican presidential hopefuls have criticized Democratic President Barack Obama for not taking a tough enough stand on Iran. House Majority Leader, Republican Eric Cantor has accused the Obama administration of sending “mixed messages” when it comes to Israel.

House Minority Leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said that full U.S. support for Israel's security is a long-standing and bipartisan priority, and that the president has kept his commitment to Israel on preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state.

“Rejecting containment of Iran and stopping them, preventing them from having a nuclear weapon is in our interests. It is the interest of Israel and the region. It would be a threat to the United States and to the world,” said Pelosi.

Iran says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but Tehran has not allowed international inspectors full access to its nuclear facilities.

Netanyahu told reporters that he had a good visit here in Washington, including his meeting with the president, and singling out his visit on Capitol Hill.

"And now culminating in this remarkable display of solidarity here in the Congress of the United States. It is bipartisan; it cuts across the Senate into the House. There have been wonderful expressions of support that you have just heard from Mr. Boehner and Mrs. Pelosi," said Netanyahu.

Obama asked Israel to remain patient, saying that there is still a “window” to give increasingly tough international sanctions on Iran a chance to work. Netanyahu said that Israel has been patient, while Iran continues to develop its nuclear program. And he stressed that Israel must defend itself.

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by: Gab to Mr. James, it is not some current fancy
March 09, 2012 5:58 AM
For "all" the believers, the ancient texts state clearly that the Jews (Israelites) were chosen to receive the Commandments, they were chosen to receive the story of Adam and Even, and they were chose to receive God's only begotten Son, and the Holy Qur'an says that Allah gave the land of Israel (that includes the West Bank) to the Israelites (Jews) and will restore them to it at the end of days. So what is the beef about?

by: Mr James
March 08, 2012 2:46 PM
Isreal fancies they are chosen of God, but read the book and they were kick out of the promise land by big G little o little d. The Southern Baptist also fancy they are chosen. I like the Promise Land. God promised I could come live in your house, O.K. Thank you my God. And could you remove your selves quickly and in any arbitrary century of our choosing.

by: Kingsley
March 08, 2012 3:45 AM
A nuclear armed Iran is totally unacceptable.All options must be on the table for dealing with the problem.Time is runing out.

by: Gab to Huang Siew Hock
March 07, 2012 10:11 AM
The question of Statehood was resolved with the 1947 U.N. partition plan (a Jewish State and an ARAB State living side by side). Six ARAB armies invaded the newly formed Jewish State, in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy it. Israel had to live with terrorist attacks for decades. The Hamas Charter calls for the complete destruction of the Jewish State and to replace it with an Islamic Republic, with the full support of Iran. How do you live harmoniously withs that?

by: Godwin
March 07, 2012 7:27 AM
USA politics has become commonplace. Iran knows that Democrats are in power, so they started working on nuclear program expecting that it lasts for 8 years. Why is it that every Democrat regime incubates trouble for US only for the Republicans to clear the mess 4-8yrs after? Is that to say, like Sakozy of France, that America has been infiltrated by so many aliens? Every time the Democrats are in power, trouble brews. USA is respected only when Republicans come on stream.

by: Godwin
March 07, 2012 6:50 AM
Now America speaks. Now USA speaks! There is America and there is American. American plurality appears to be insulted by Husein Obama in relations to US interest in Israel. See the president's countenance when he sat with Netanyahu - the message is clear: Obama hates Israel! But thank God America is not like Africa where the president is above the country. USA has spoken, and the way forward is to ensure real American win the White House come November.

by: Leonard Harris - USA
March 07, 2012 5:52 AM
We Americans are poor already, 46.2% of Americans are deemed to be living in poverty; according to official statistics. Why should we go to war to protect a terrorist state like Israel. DO they care about Americans - NO. Their only aim is to protect themselves, irrespective of the many American casualties that may arise from supporting them against Iran.

by: NVO
March 07, 2012 5:44 AM
Hussein Obama and his whole regime, even with all thier cleverly crafted RHETORIC, are extremely anti-Israel. Don't be fooled by drones like Pelosi and the like. The Obama regime is also a bunch of FALSE proclaiming Christians, saying "there are many ways to heaven", Obama himself said that, Scripture states the opposite!

by: Leonard Harris - USA
March 07, 2012 5:09 AM
We have had enough fighting other's war. Tell Netanyahu to get loss. We have more to gain from the rich oil producing countries than Israel. Israel is a country that does not respect HUMAN RIGHTS and has enslaved the Palestinians. WHy should we Americans care about Israel. Americans want peace. We are poor people, why the US government does not spend all the war money on us.

by: John Harvey of USA
March 07, 2012 4:54 AM
Absolutely shameful for our government to receive and protect a WAR CRIMINAL and to reassure Israel that we will send our military to fight a war on the basis Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Tell Netanyahu to openly say that Israel has NUCLEAR weapons. Why should we sacrifice our troops for a country that was born from the destructions of Palestinian people. We are Americans and not Israelis.
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