EDITOR'S NOTE: The US delegation is composed of 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Witness the Kabbalistic synthesis ("balance," the middle pillar). Where "Israel" is concerned, Democrat (the left pillar) and Republican (the right pillar) "foes" sing in perfect harmony. What other issue are these alleged opposing sides as unanimous on?
U.S. delegation in Israel considers military option for Iran
"Conservative Christian" US Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., at the Western Wall, Monday, Feb. 19, 2007.
19th February, 2007
Iran was at the center of talks held between members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee for the US and Israel, Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz told Ynetnews on Monday evening. Steinitz is hosting a delegation of Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-California), Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and Congressman Steve Pearce (R-New Mexico), and Arizona Senator Jon Kyl who arrived on a military flight to Israel on Sunday night to meet with fellow Israeli committee members.
On Monday evening, the delegation met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem, and later Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
"The Iranian subject was the first topic in all of the discussions," Steinitz said, adding: "It was the central issue." "Everyone expressed an unequivocal stance that Iran must not be allowed to be a nuclear country, and to have nuclear weapons," Steinitz said. "There is some hope that if Europe works with the US to achieve economic sanctions, and a blockade on Tehran, then Iran may agree to halts its program, like North Korea," he said.
"If not, it's pretty clear that the military solution is on table," he added.
The US delegation toured Jerusalem throughout Monday. Knesset Member Steinitz told Ynetnews he showed the US delegation around the works being carried out at the Mugrabi Gate, as well as archaeological work around the Western Wall.
"I explained to them that the Islamic Movement's claims are not political, but are a total rejection of Judeo-Christian history. Their claim that there was no Temple in Jerusalem, and their rejection of what was said in the Old and New Testament, is an attack on Judeo-Christian tradition. It is an attempt to start a religious fanatic war," Steinitz said. [This guy's hypocrisy would make most rabbis blush]
He added that the delegation understood the severity of the issue. In the past, the joint Knesset-Congress-Senate committee helped make hundreds of millions of dollars available for Israel's missile defense shield, Arrow, which is produced in cooperation Boeing in the US.
In addition, according to Steinitz, the committee has in the past prevented arms sales to Arab states that would have threatened Israel's unique edge in the region; it also initiated the Iran nuclear sanctions law, which makes it illegal for governments to provide arms or aid Iran's nuclear program, the Knesset member said.
"This is not just a polite visit," Steinitz emphasized. On Tuesday, the delegation will visit an Arrow missile battery at an IDF base in Palmahim, in southern Israel, and will receive a guided tour on the recent successful test of the Arrow system. They will then meet with Mossad Director Meir Dagan.