Pelosi heads to Israel to say US support is 'iron' and will help fight Iran

Pelosi heads to Israel to say US support is ‘iron’ and will help fight Iran

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a Democratic caucus in Israel this week, where she promised a lasting alliance between the two countries in their fight against Iran.

“We are together fighting terrorism emanating from Iran, both in the region and in its nuclear developments. The nuclear threat from Iran is global. This is a threat to peace,” the Californian Democrat said at a ceremony in the Knesset on Wednesday.

“Israel’s proximity to Iran is a concern for all of us and a responsibility for all of us,” she said.

Joining Pelosi on the trip are fellow Democrats Adam Schiff, Ted Deutsch, Barbara Lee, Bill Keating, Eric Swalwell and Andy Kim, all of whom are strong supporters of Israel.

The speaker said the delegation demonstrates “the bipartisan U.S. commitment to the inextricable bond between Israel and the United States based on mutual security, our economic interests, our shared values, and commitment to democracy.”

The Democrats’ trip to Israel is an integral part of the partisan struggle between Progressives and Establishment Democrats ahead of the midterm elections in which the Republicans stand a chance of winning. Thirty Democrats have already announced they will step down rather than start campaigning.

Just over the weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Palestinian children were being caged by Israelis in the West Bank.

Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (R) attend a joint meeting with Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy (L) at the Knesset, Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, Israel, Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (R) attend a joint meeting with Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy (L) at the Knesset, Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, Israel, Wednesday, Feb. 16.

“We are together fighting terrorism emanating from Iran, both in the region and in its nuclear developments.  The nuclear threat from Iran is global.  This is a threat to the world,” said the California Democrat.

“We are together fighting terrorism emanating from Iran, both in the region and in its nuclear developments. The nuclear threat from Iran is global. This is a threat to the world,” said the California Democrat.

Pelosi heads to Israel to say US support is 'iron' and will help fight Iran

“Israel’s proximity to Iran is a concern for all of us and a responsibility for all of us,” Pelosi added.

Negotiations are ongoing in Vienna to restart the 2015 nuclear deal, with Iran just months away from gathering enough fuel to build a bomb. The US unilaterally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018 and imposed severe sanctions on Iran, which remain in place.

On Tuesday, Israeli diplomats traveled to Vienna to meet with negotiators, although Israel is not a party to the talks.

Three US negotiators have already resigned in protest, advocating a tougher negotiating stance. The US State Department subsequently dropped sanctions on Iran’s civilian nuclear program in the hope that Tehran would return to the 2015 deal.

The lifting of sanctions would unlock Iran’s frozen funds held abroad, which are valued at around $29 billion, about one-third of what the country holds abroad.

At one time, Iran would not have been allowed to trade with the rest of the world using global banking systems such as SWIFT to transfer money.

Sanctions against the export of Iranian oil will also be lifted. Foreign firms will again be allowed to invest in Iranian oil and gas products, cars, hotels and other sectors.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said over the weekend that Israelis are putting children in cages in the West Bank because, she said, the media is “censoring” Palestinian fears.

“From the point of view of the media, with all this stuff, the word ‘Palestine’ is practically forbidden. It’s censored. We don’t talk about it. Nobody knows about this,” she said at a rally in Austin, Texas. “Thank you for bringing this up, to be honest, because we don’t have to tiptoe around things like this. We should be able to talk about it. And we must not allow people’s humanity to be censored.”

She dismissed accusations of anti-Semitism leveled against some of Israel’s biggest critics in the House of Representatives, such as Congressmen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

“Believing in basic human dignity and the ability of a person to not be jailed or beaten for who they are doesn’t mean you’re fanatical about any other community,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to Jewish Insider. “And we should call it what it is.”

She compared the treatment of Israelis to Palestinians in the West Bank to the treatment of migrants on the US-Mexico border. “I don’t believe a child should be caged on our border, and I don’t believe a child should be caged in the West Bank.”

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