(JNS.org) 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.”
On the same day, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran had installed hundreds more uranium-enrichment centrifuges, but those devices fell short of what Israel has defined as its “red lines.”
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.”