U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today expressing her unwavering support for Israel and discussing the Iranian nuclear threat following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
"Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to the U.S. comes at a time when Iran's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons casts a dark cloud over both of our nations and the world. As the Iran threat looms more ominously each day, our support for Israel must remain unwavering, and all options for eliminating this threat must be on the table.
"The safety and security of the United States and Israel depend on our determination to do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Talk of containment is an unacceptable admission of defeat, and new rounds of empty meetings will produce nothing except more time for Iran to attain a nuclear capability.
"Time is not on our side. We must impose the strongest possible pressure on Iran right now, without further delays and excuses."
BACKGROUND: Ros-Lehtinen is the author of the Iran Threat Reduction Act (H.R. 1905), which strengthens, updates and replaces previous Iran sanctions laws. The bill closes loopholes in energy and financial sanctions, including by targeting the Central Bank of Iran. The bill also targets the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and senior Iranian regime officials. Additionally, Ros-Lehtinen is the author of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act (H.R. 2105), which expands sanctions on those assisting Iran, North Korea, and Syria in the development of their weapons programs, including their nuclear programs.
Both bills overwhelmingly passed the House on December 14, 2011 and have been awaiting Senate action.