U.S., Israel to lobby EU parliamentarians on Iran (WORLD TRIBUNE) 01/30/05)
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Israel and the United States plan to approach European
parliamentarians in a campaign to stop Iran´s nuclear weapons program.
Israel´s Knesset and the U.S. Congress have begun a joint effort to
persuade European Union deputies of the threat of an Iranian nuclear
weapons program. The Knesset and Congress plan to send
representatives to Europe for meetings in Brussels with EU
parliamentarians on defense and security committees.
The Knesset program was spawned in the Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee and would seek to focus on lobbying parliamentarians from
Britain and Germany. Members of the committee discussed the effort
with leading members of Congress.
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee member Yuval Steinitz
said the panel hoped that EU deputies would be persuaded to pressure
Brussels as well as EU member states to intensify efforts against
Iran. Steinitz said that Iran has not honored agreements made to the
EU for a halt in uranium enrichment and other nuclear activities,
Middle East Newsline reported.
Sen. Jon Kyle, a Republican from Nevada, was appointed to lead the
Congress-Knesset panel. Kyle said during a meeting of the panel on
Jan. 11 that the EU was required for any diplomatic offensive to stop
Iran´s nuclear weapons program.
"It is very important that in addition to the president and the prime
minister there are ties between Congress and the Knesset," Steinitz
Steinitz said the joint panel has promoted several Israeli-U.S.
military projects. They include the Mobile Tactical High-Energy
Laser, the Arrow-2 improvement program and legislation to halt
investment to Iran.
"In 4-5 years, the Nautilus [M-THEL] will be able to shoot down
Kassams and could be used in Iraq," Steinitz, referring to the short-
range Palestinian missile, said. (Copyright © 2005 East West
Services, Inc. 01/30/05)
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