Israel now has the right to pre-emptive military action against Iran, based on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's vow to use a nearly-completed nuclear arsenal to "annihilate" Israel, according to House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (TX-31).
"Congress needs to send a very strong message to both Israel and Iran on this issue," says Carter. "Iran has vowed to commit genocide against Israel, and has defied international law and United Nations resolutions to pursue acquisition of a functional nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it. This grants Israel a perfect right to undertake pre-emptive military action, and the United States Congress should pledge our support in advance for that action."
Carter today co-sponsored a Resolution by fellow Texan Louie Gohmert (R-TX1) expressing support for the State of Israel's right to defend Israeli sovereignty.
Carter also co-signed Gohmert's letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) requesting that she invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, to display American support for the right of Israel to exist.
Expressing support for the State of Israel's right to defend Israeli sovereignty, to protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, and to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time to protect against such an immediate and existential threat to the State of Israel .
Whereas, on October 26, 2005, at a conference in Tehran called ""World Without Zionism'', Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated, ""God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism''; Whereas the New York Times reported that during his October 26, 2005, speech, President Ahmadinejad called for ""this occupying regime [Israel] to be wiped off the map''; Whereas, on April 14, 2006, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said, ""Like it or not, the Zionist regime [Israel] is heading toward annihilation''; Whereas, on June 2, 2008, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said, ""I must announce that the Zionist regime [Israel], with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion, and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical scene''; Whereas, on May 20, 2009, Iran successfully tested a surface-to-surface long range missile with an approximate range of 1,200 miles; Whereas Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons; Whereas Iran has been caught building three secret nuclear facilities since 2002;...
Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- condemns the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its threats of ""annihilating'' the United States and the State of Israel, for its continued support of international terrorism, and for its incitement of genocide of the Israeli people; supports using all means of persuading the Government of Iran to stop building and acquiring nuclear weapons; reaffirms the United States' bond with Israel and pledges to continue to work with the Government of Israel and the people of Israel to ensure that their sovereign nation continues to receive critical economic and military assistance, including missile defense capabilities, needed to address the threat of Iran; and expresses support for Israel's right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran, defend Israeli sovereignty, and protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within a reasonable time.