Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Reacts To Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address To Congress
March 4, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress:
“It's unfortunate that an issue as important as preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons has been muddled by partisan politics. This is an extremely serious issue, at a critical juncture, that should not be used as a political football. While the United States and Israel share a common objective in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, the speech today and the events of this week made clear that there is disagreement over how best to achieve that objective. Despite the impropriety of how the invitation was delivered, the U.S.-Israel relationship remains strong and founded on bipartisan recognition of its importance.
“While there is hope that a negotiated solution to this problem remains within the realm of possibility, I am cynical. There are a variety of issues, including having already conceded allowing Iran to enrich uranium, Iran’s breakout capacity, and the continued lack of transparency and access for UN inspectors, that are of genuine concern. The objective must remain at the forefront: we must work together to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.
“The United States’ relationship with Israel must rise above the political fray, as America continues to stand with Israel as her strongest ally.”