US must act on Iran soon, says Senator Lieberman (JERUSALEM POST) By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT 07/19/12)
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WASHINGTON – US Senator Joseph Lieberman warned Tuesday that the US
soon faces a choice between allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons
or taking military action to stop it.
“For me, there is only one choice,” he told the crowd of thousands of
Christians United for Israel activists, who had traveled to
Washington for their annual conference and to lobby members of
“I have absolutely no doubt that it is within our power to stop Iran
from becoming a nuclear weapons country,” the Independent Connecticut
senator continued. “The question is not whether we can stop them, but
whether we will choose to stop them.”
To that end, he pointed to a bipartisan Senate resolution with 78
cosponsors declaring that when it comes to Iran, “all options are on
the table except one, and that one is containment of a nuclear Iran.”
His words received loud applause from the audience.
Coinciding with CUFI’s lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, the House
passed the US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which
codifies existing support for Israel, including vetoing one-sided
resolutions against Israel at the UN and intelligence coordination,
and calls for actions such as reporting on the State of Israel’s
qualitative military edge and looking to expand Israel’s presence at
Already passed by the Senate, the legislation, which the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee and CUFI strongly supported, now
heads to the White House for the president’s signature.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also addressed CUFI by satellite
link on Tuesday, speaking of Israel’s regional priorities and the
threats it faces.
He reminded the audience of the freedom of worship that Christians
have in Israel while they face the threat of violence in Egypt and
other parts of the Muslim world, for which he received applause.
But his main message was one of gratitude for the organization’s
support for Israel, referring to some of its more controversial
“You stand with us when Israel refuses to accept one of the greatest
lies in modern times, that the Jewish people are foreign occupiers of
Judea and Samaria,” he declared.
The United States and others have criticized Israel recently for a
report finding that Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank is
legal and that most unauthorized outposts should be recognized.
Netanyahu told the group that Israel is prepared to make “painful
compromises” for peace with the Palestinians. But he stressed, “We
will not deny our own history.”
His speech earned a nearly one-minute- long standing ovation. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/19/12)
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