US bill would anoint Israel “major strategic ally”
Two US lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make Israel a ‘major strategic ally’. The move is intended to solidify ties between the two states in the run-up to a potential strike against Iran despite US reluctance to use the military option.
The bill sponsored by Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed to coincide with the yearly American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.
The ‘major strategic ally’ bill – which would grant Israel a one-of-a-kind designation – would strengthen ties between the two nations on a range of issues, including annual defense assistance, and cooperation on missile defense, energy research and cyber security.
It also invites Israel to join a program which waves pre-arranged visas for select foreign nationals entering the United States.
Thirteen thousand activists at the conference are expected to lobby for the bill, as well as legislation targeting Israel’s mortal enemy Iran. The Iran-related bills would tighten sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its uranium enrichment program and guarantee assurances that Washington would support Israel if it feels ‘compelled’ to launch a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“We need to recognize that military action against Iran may become necessary to protect America, Israel and our allies,” house majority leader Eric Cantor told the conference during his speech Monday night.
how much more affirmation do they need?
i mean seriously..its not like the USA will ever abandon zion..its leaders wont allow it to happen..