New York, Dec. 11 – Both parties in the United States Congress agree on the need to stop the Iranian nuclear threat, U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said Friday (Dec. 9) at a press briefing sponsored by The Israel Project.
“It’s been [our] policy … to toughen sanctions on Iran while making sure all options remain on the table,” Lowey said. “One of the biggest obstacles it that you can’t have tough sanctions on Iran unless you involve China and unless you involve Russia.” Lowey is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as ranking Democrat on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee
Roskam echoed Lowey’s comments, saying, “I wholeheartedly agree…all options are on the table. It has to be really clear that all options are on the table means all options are on the table.” Roskam is the chief deputy majority whip – the fourth-ranking Repuplican leader in the House.
Both members of Congress also agreed that Israel does not have anyone to negotiate with as long as the Palestinian Authority pursues unity with Hamas, an Iran-backed terrorist group that refuses to recognize Israel and seeks its destruction.
During Roskam’s trips to Israel, he said, “I got the sense that there was no one for the Israelis to negotiate with. You can’t negotiate with a group that wants to push Israel into the sea.”
Said Lowey, “Unless Hamas changes its tune and accepts the state of Israel, there can be no discussion.”