Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman, speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference for the final time as a U.S. Senator, called for moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the state of Israel,” Lieberman said, yet the U.S. embassy sits in Tel Aviv. Next year, the former vice presidential candidate and the most prominent Sabbath observer in Washington said he is “just leaving the Senate” and “not retiring.”
Lieberman promised to remain an advocate for “a strong America, a strong Israel, and an unbreakable relationship between America and Israel” following the end of his 24-year Senate career.
“The bond between our two great democracies and our two great peoples is deeper, and wider and stronger than ever,” he said of America and Israel.
On the topic of Iran, Lieberman said, “Do not let anyone tell you that a nuclear-armed Iran is just Israel’s problem.” The problem with Iran’s nuclear program is not “what Israel might do about it, and when,” he said. When it comes to U.S. action, Lieberman said it’s not a matter of whether we can stop Iran, but “whether we choose to stop them.”
You can watch part of the Senator’s speech, below.