U.S. Senator Graham Calls for Mutual Defense Pact With Israel

Republican suggests agreement to tell the world that 'an attack against Israel would be considered an attack against the United States'

Sen. Lindsey Graham attends a markup of the federal spending blueprint for fiscal year 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 28, 2019.
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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says he wants the United States to enter into a mutual defense agreement with Israel to tell the world that "an attack against Israel would be considered an attack against the United States."

Graham said at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas Saturday that it's time for the U.S. to declare to the world how important its relationship is with Israel.

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The Republican says America should tell Israel's enemies that if they seek "to destroy the one and only Jewish state, you have to come through us to get them."

Graham also suggested the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate would vote in a month or so to formally recognize Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights and force Democrats to go on the record on the issue.

At the same event, Trump detailed his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Trump said that "unlike other presidents, I keep my promises" and he calls the embassy move an example of a "historic action that had been decades in waiting."

As he mentioned the embassy decision, he called out out two members of the audience at his speech in Las Vegas — major GOP donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.

Trump said he thinks "that is the most important thing I think that's ever happened in their life. They love Israel."