Senators Push Israel Self-Defense Resolution

Washington (AP) -

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing a resolution saying that if Israel attacks Iran in self-defense, the United States will assist its Mideast ally.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez and Republican Lindsey Graham are chief sponsors of the measure, which specifies the U.S. would provide military, diplomatic and economic support to Israel. They said Thursday that the resolution is a clear message to Iran that the U.S. will take all necessary steps to ensure it doesn’t acquire a nuclear weapon.

Graham said the nonbinding resolution is neither a declaration of war nor authorization to use military force.

The senators told a Capitol Hill news conference that they hope to pass the measure before President Barack Obama’s trip to Israel in April.