Netanyahu Thanks U.S. Lawmakers for Iran Efforts

Top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Netanyahu shared 'very detailed' answers about his views on Iran.

Ahead of his scheduled speech at the UN General Assembley, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their support in working to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

Netanyahu offered his gratitude to the senators at a Monday evening farewell event for the outgoing Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, The Hill reported, citing senators who attended the meeting.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the committee, said Netanyahu gave “very detailed” answers about his views.

“Like all of us, I don’t think he wants the negotiations to go on forever,” Corker told The Hill. “Obviously letting up on the sanctions is not something any us are interested in. And like all of us, he understands that if there is an agreement, it needs to be a full agreement.”

Netanyahu told the lawmakers they must continue to apply pressure on Iran to end its alleged nuclear weapons program, and noted that many of them had worked many years to bring Iran to the negotiating table.

He also said that during his meeting earlier in the day with U.S. President Barack Obama, he thanked the president for the harsh sanctions levied on Iran.

In saluting Oren for his service, Netanyahu called the outgoing envoy a “human bridge between Israel and the United States.”

House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), majority whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and minority whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also spoke at the event.