Resolution Introduced by Graham, Menendez Condemning Iran’s Pursuit of Nuclear Capability Passes Senate
S.Res 65 Calls for Implementation of U.S. and International Sanctions on Iran, Reaffirms the U.S. – Israel Relationship, Supports Israel’s Right to Self Defense
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Resolution Passes by a Vote of 99 to 0
WASHINGTON, DC – A senate resolution condemning Iran’s pursuit of nuclear capability introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed by a vote of 99 to 0.
The resolution supports Israel’s right to self-defense and reaffirms the close security cooperation between the United States and Israel.
“Iran’s provocative actions threaten not just regional stability, but pose an existential threat to our ally Israel, and clearly are a very real threat to U.S. national security. Iran’s leaders must understand, that unless they change course their situation will only get worse. Their economic struggles and international isolation will only grow,” said Menendez. “While this resolution makes absolutely clear that we are not authorizing the use of force, it does make clear that we have Israel’s back. If Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense against Iran’s nuclear program, we should stand with Israel – using all the tools of our national power – to assist Israel in defense of its territory, people and existence.”