Lawmakers Express Support for Netanyahu, Israel

Several members of the United States Congress showed their support for the State of Israel on Tuesday.

In meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, political leaders on both sides of the aisle said they stand with the Jewish state in the Iranian crisis.

“The United States Congress will always stand by Israel, and the United States Congress will never allow Israel to stand alone,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

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

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is important for Israel, the U.S., and the world.

“So this is about Israel, our relationship with them, our support for their security, preserving and strengthening the qualitative military edge,” Pelosi said.

Netanyahu also met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

Lawmakers want to step up the economic pressure on all Iranian banks to further squeeze the Islamic Republic’s economy to convince the regime to abandon its nuclear program.

During his remarks Monday evening at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference, Netanyahu praised Congress, noting that more than half the members of Congress were in the audience.

“Democrats and Republicans alike, I salute your unwavering support for the Jewish people,” the prime minister said, before asking delegates “to stand up and applaud the representatives of the United States.”

( / 07.03.2012)

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