U.S. Senate committee passes resolution to back Israel in conflict with Iran
Resolution 65 goes beyond affirming U.S. commitment to preventing a nuclear Iran to ensure it will 'authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.'
While Israel was marking 65 years of independence on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to endorse Resolution 65, affirming that the U.S. will fully back Israel should it be drawn into a conflict with Iran.
The resolution, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and which has 79 co-sponsors, is expected to pass in the Senate.
According to the text of the resolution on the U.S. Congress' website, the goal of the resolution is that: "If the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self defense against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide, in accordance with United States law and the constitutional responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence."
The text of the resolution includes several clauses relating to the U.S. government's positions on Iran: "The Department of State has designated the Islamic Republic of Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984 and has characterized the Islamic Republic of Iran as the 'most active state sponsor of terrorism' in the world.
"The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has provided weapons,training, and funding to the regime of Bashar al Assad that has been used to suppress and murder its own people."