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Posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:56 PM PST by Libloather
Netanyahu meets House leaders, thanks Congress for display of solidarity
By Molly K. Hooper - 03/06/12 01:12 PM ET
Top Republican and Democratic congressional leaders affirmed U.S. solidarity with Israel on Tuesday amid growing concerns over Irans nuclear program.
Following a meeting of key House leaders and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the United States Congress will never allow Israel to stand alone.
Boehner added that the growing threat of a nuclear Iran cannot be ignored, and that the U.S. and Israel must be clear with each other, and to the Iranians.
Netanyahu said that his time on Capitol Hill clarified the United Statess steadfast support of Israels right to defend itself.
This remarkable display of solidarity in the Congress of the United States its bipartisan, it cuts across the Senate into the House there have been wonderful expressions of support that youve just heard, Netanyahu said at the Tuesday press conference.
As we face the challenges that confront our world, the world of the United States and Israel require three qualities to address them successfully: clarity, courage and wisdom, Netanyahu said, adding that Congress consistently met those qualities.
The Israeli prime ministers visit with the House leaders capped a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C., in which he met with President Obama for several hours and addressed the annual policy conference of the pro-Israel group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
On Monday, prior to his lengthy meeting with Obama, Netanyahu reaffirmed Israels right to take military action in defense against a potentially nuclear-armed Iran.
Though Obama left open the possibility of taking military action to stop Irans pursuit of nuclear weapons, he reiterated the need to let sanctions against Tehran take hold, and cautioned against loose talk of war.
A handful of high-profile GOP defense hawks addressed AIPAC, asserting the need for the United States to take military action if Iran opts to move forward with a weapons program.