WASHINGTON – US Senator Joseph Lieberman warned Tuesday that the US soon faces a
choice between allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons or taking military
action to stop it.
“For me, there is only one choice,” he told the crowd
of thousands of Christians United for Israel activists, who had traveled to
Washington for their annual conference and to lobby members of
“I have absolutely no doubt that it is within our power to stop
Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons country,” the Independent Connecticut
senator continued. “The question is not whether we can stop them, but whether we
will choose to stop them.”
To that end, he pointed to a bipartisan Senate
resolution with 78 cosponsors declaring that when it comes to Iran, “all options
are on the table except one, and that one is containment of a nuclear
His words received loud applause from the
Coinciding with CUFI’s lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, the
House passed the US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which codifies
existing support for Israel, including vetoing one-sided resolutions against
Israel at the UN and intelligence coordination, and calls for actions such as
reporting on the State of Israel’s qualitative military edge and looking to
expand Israel’s presence at NATO.
Already passed by the Senate, the
legislation, which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and CUFI
strongly supported, now heads to the White House for the president’s
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also addressed CUFI by
satellite link on Tuesday, speaking of Israel’s regional priorities and the
threats it faces.
He reminded the audience of the freedom of worship that
Christians have in Israel while they face the threat of violence in Egypt and
other parts of the Muslim world, for which he received applause.
main message was one of gratitude for the organization’s support for Israel,
referring to some of its more controversial policies.
“You stand with us
when Israel refuses to accept one of the greatest lies in modern times, that the
Jewish people are foreign occupiers of Judea and Samaria,” he
The United States and others have criticized Israel recently
for a report finding that Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank is legal
and that most unauthorized outposts should be recognized.
the group that Israel is prepared to make “painful compromises” for peace with
the Palestinians. But he stressed, “We will not deny our own
His speech earned a nearly one-minute- long standing ovation.
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