Graham Introduces Resolution Expressing Support for U.S.-Israeli Relationship & Concerns about Iranian Nuclear Program

Press Release

By:  Kelly Ayotte Bob Menendez John Cornyn Lindsey Graham Chuck Schumer Marco Rubio
Date: Feb. 28, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution expressing concerns about the Iranian nuclear threat and the need for the United States to stand with Israel.

"We have no better friends in that part of the world than Israel," said Graham. "Last year President Obama told the people of Israel, "We have your back.' Our resolution builds upon that statement and makes it clear that if Israel is one day forced to protect themselves we will stand with Israel." (Audio/Video of Graham Remarks is Available Here)

The resolution:

Declares that the United States has a vital national interest in and unbreakable commitment to, ensuring the existence, survival, and security of the State of Israel.

Reaffirms the United States support for Israel's right to self-defense.

Urges that if Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States will stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.

The resolution was co-sponsored by fifteen Senators including Senators Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York).

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