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May 23, 2013 6:30 pm

In Unanimous Vote, Senate Urges Obama to Enforce Iran Sanctions, Support Israeli Self-Defense

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The United States Senate.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a measure supporting the “full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran,” urging President Barack Obama to “continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation,” and affirming Israel’s right to self-defense.

S.Res. 65 also urges that “if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” the U.S. 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.”

Reacting to the 99-0 Senate vote, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in a press release called the resolution “an extremely significant and timely statement of solidarity with Israel.”

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  • Yoni

    The support is conditional described or alluded to as “in self-defense”. It should’ve been specified for an aftermath of a preemptive strike. Will the Senate still support Israel? Thats the question which in my opinion should be addressed.

  • Who was the absent Senator? Rand Paul?