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Boehner, McConnell backing up Israel PM Netanyahu on Iran nuclear deal sanctions

March 29, 2015

Details are emerging about the Iran nuclear weapons deal that is in its final stages of negotiations for the framework deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking out against the deal, that is even “worse” than he…
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Full Text Israel Political Brief January 11, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at Meeting with US Senate Delegation & Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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PM Netanyahu Meets with US Senate Delegation

Source: PMO, 1-11-13

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today met with a group of US Senators led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “It’s very good to see you, in Jerusalem again. You’re old friends and we’re in challenging times, great turbulence in our region, great challenges to our security, America’s security and our common interests. My priority, if I’m elected for a next term as Prime Minister, will be first to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. I think that was and remains the highest priority for both our countries. I appreciate the American support and your support for that end”.

Sen. McConnell said: “As everybody in Israel knows, there are a lot of things we disagree on in America, we’ve had big battles over deficit and debt, but there’s broad bi-partisan support for Israel, and our agenda in this part of the world is the same as your agenda. You’re one of our best friends and we’re happy to continue that relationship”.

Video Israel Political Brief March 6, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Visits the US Congress Meets with Leaders

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PM Netanyahu’s visit to the US Congress

Israel Political Brief March 6, 2012: Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Congress, saying patience with Iran wears thin

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Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Congress, saying patience with Iran wears thin

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to find greater sympathy in Congress than at the Obama White House for his view that time grows short to halt Iran’s nuclear-weapons development. 

Source: CS Monitor, 3-6-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (l.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the US Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets on Capitol Hill Tuesday with members of Congress, and he’s likely to find greater sympathy for his view that Israel can’t wait much longer to stop Iran than he did at the White House.

President Obama expressed confidence that the two leaders prefer a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions when he hosted Mr. Netanyahu Monday. He encouraged the Israeli leader to have patience and allow toughened international economic sanctions more time to bite before launching military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities, which the West suspects is aimed at developing a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu gave his answer loud and clear in a speech before a prominent pro-Israel lobby Monday night, saying Israel had been patient long enough.

“Israel has waited patiently for the international community to resolve this issue. We’ve waited for diplomacy to work. We’ve waited for sanctions to work,” he told 13,000 cheering participants at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee national conference. “None of us can afford to wait much longer.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 5, 2012: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Speech Outlines Threshold for U.S. Intervention in Iran at AIPAC Conference

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At AIPAC Conference, McConnell to Outline Threshold for U.S. Intervention in Iran

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver a major policy address to the 2012 AIPAC Conference tonight in which he outlines the threshold for American intervention to end the Iranian nuclear weapons program. The proposal provides clarity and specificity to the administration’s stated policy on Iran’s nuclear efforts as well as a concrete plan for the role of Congress in providing authority for the use of military force if required.
“If at any time the intelligence community presents the Congress with an assessment that Iran has begun to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels, or has taken a decision to develop a nuclear weapon — consistent with protecting classified sources and methods — I will consult with the President and joint congressional leadership and introduce before the Senate an authorization for the use of military force,” McConnell said in prepared remarks. “This authorization, if enacted, will ensure the nation and the world that our leaders are united in confronting Iran, and will undermine the perception that the U.S. is wounded or retreating from global responsibilities.”

McConnell stressed that he has the same goal as the administration in stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapons program. But the White House’s repeated insistence that ‘all options are on the table’ in dealing with Iran became a threat that has ‘lost its intended purpose,’ and has blurred what McConnell identified as an important option in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran — military action to end Iran’s nuclear program before it is successful.

“The administration has used this same language about preserving all options in developing its policy toward Libya, Iran, and, now, Syria,” McConnell said. “Clearly, the threat has lost its intended purpose. And the markers this administration has identified, whether they be a program to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels, or a decision to construct a weapon, are only truly red lines if crossing them brings about painful consequences.

“Another way to put it is that the administration’s mistake has been to pursue negotiations, and sanctions consecutively rather than simultaneously, without articulating a clear military consequence for the crossing of red lines.”

McConnell said the only way the Iranian regime can be expected to negotiate is if the administration imposes the strictest sanctions while at the same time enforcing a “firm declaratory policy” that reflects a commitment to use force.

“This is so crucial a step, I believe, that tonight I am prepared to propose such a policy — that is, a policy which has the clarity and the specificity that the situation demands,” McConnell said in prepared remarks. “And that policy is this: if Iran, at any time, begins to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels, or decides to go forward with a weapons program, then the United States will use overwhelming force to end that program.”

A full text of McConnell’s prepared remarks will be released shortly.

Israel Political Brief March 5, 2012: Sen. Mitch McConnell AIPAC Speech — Authorize force if Iran launches nuclear weapons program

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McConnell: Authorize force if Iran launches nuclear weapons program

Source: JTA, 3-5-12

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, proposed threatening “overwhelming force” against Iran should it enrich uranium to weapons-grade level or launch a weapons program.

“If Iran at any time at any time begins to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels, or decides to go forward with a weapons program, then the United States will use overwhelming force to end that program,” McConnell told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference on Monay night, to a standing ovation.

McConnell said the policy of making clear that “all options are on the table,” used both by President Obama and President George W. Bush, was not explicit enough.

He said that should the intelligence community report to Congress that either trigger had kicked in, he would consult with the president and the congressional leadership to authorize “overwhelming military force.”

McConnell’s proposal is not attached to any legislation.

Israel Political Brief March 5, 2012: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Democratic and Republican Congressional Leaders Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell Address Bipartisan Gala

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Israeli Prime Minister, Democratic and Republican Leaders to Address Gala

Source: AIPAC, 3-5-12

While Washington, D.C. is increasingly consumed with bickering between Democrats and Republicans, the U.S.-Israel relationship remains the one issue that transcends the partisan divide. In a display of this bipartisan spirit, more than half of Congress will attend tonight’s Gala, along with representatives from 51 countries, administration officials, congressional candidates and other VIPs.

Due to the extraordinary number of attendees, the Gala will take on a different format this year. All 13,000 Policy Conference delegates will fit in Halls D/E, where they will be treated to a pre-Gala concert featuring musical guests from the U.S. and Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver the keynote address. The prime minister’s speech will come a few hours after his meeting with President Obama.

In addition, two longtime supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship—Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Democratic Leader of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—will speak at the Gala.

The Gala will be the end of a full day of Monday programming. The morning kicks off with an address by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

After the morning plenary, delegates will head to panel discussions on topics affecting the U.S., Israel and the Middle East, as well as lobbying workshops, where they will learn from AIPAC’s top experts how to make the case for Israel on Capitol Hill tomorrow.

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