03.03.15

Senator Perdue: Irresponsible For Any Member of Congress to Turn Their Back On Our Ally, Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today called on all Members of Congress to attend the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s joint address to Congress and the American people:

“I welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu to the United States, and strongly urge my colleagues in both the House and Senate to ignore the political theatre and pay attention to the serious concerns of the Israeli Prime Minister. Members should focus on the substance of the Prime Minister’s concerns, not the venue of their delivery. It is irresponsible for any Member of Congress to refuse to even listen to the Prime Minister and turn their back on our ally, Israel, at such a critical time.

“The Prime Minister’s address to Congress and the American people is not only timely, but it is also an important step in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability. This is not just about America’s or Israel’s security – this is about global security.

“From ISIL to Iran, the Obama Administration has a dangerous habit of kicking the can down the road and ignoring growing challenges to our national security. This cannot happen when dealing with an Iranian regime that is determined on developing a nuclear weapon and accruing power in the region.

“We should uphold the long-standing tradition of bipartisan support for a robust strategy to prevent Iran from developing such weapons. A nuclear-armed Iran would spell disaster for the region, usher in a new era of nuclear proliferation, and would threaten America and our allies. As a member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that we have a strong and consistent foreign policy that projects leadership around the world, and never takes for granted our partners in freedom and democracy.”

Click here to watch remarks from Senator Perdue and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel from last month.