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    Re: PAPER: Military action against Iran 'likely'..

    I do believe that military action will be happening sooner than later once HR 4133 comes to pass.

    Full Text of H.R. 4133: United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 - GovTrack.us

    112th CONGRESS

    2d Session

    H. R. 4133

    IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

    May 10, 2012

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

    AN ACT

    To express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship, to direct the President to submit to Congress reports on United States actions to enhance this relationship and to assist in the defense of Israel, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the ‘United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012’.

    SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
    Congress finds the following:

    (1) Since 1948, United States Presidents and both houses of Congress, on a bipartisan basis and supported by the American people, have repeatedly reaffirmed the special bond between the United States and Israel, based on shared values and shared interests.

    (2) The Middle East is undergoing rapid change, bringing with it hope for an expansion of democracy but also great challenges to the national security of the United States and our allies in the region, particularly our most important ally in the region, Israel. Over the past year, the Middle East has witnessed the fall of some regimes long considered to be stabilizing forces and a rise in the influence of radical Islamists.

    (3) Iran, which has long sought to foment instability and promote extremism in the Middle East, is now seeking to exploit the dramatic political transition underway in the region to undermine governments traditionally aligned with the United States and support extremist political movements in these countries.

    (4) At the same time, Iran may soon attain a nuclear weapons capability, a development that would fundamentally threaten vital American interests, destabilize the region, encourage regional nuclear proliferation, further empower and embolden Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and provide it the tools to threaten its neighbors, including Israel.

    (5) Over the past several years, with the assistance of Iran and Syria, Hizballah and Hamas have increased their stockpiles of rockets, with more than 60,000 rockets now ready to be fired at Israel. Iran continues to add to its arsenal of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, which threaten Iran’s neighbors, Israel, and United States military forces in the region.

    (6) As a result, the strategic environment that has kept Israel secure and safeguarded United States national interests for the past 35 years has eroded.

    SEC. 3. STATEMENT OF POLICY.
    It is the policy of the United States:

    (1) To reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. As President Obama stated on December 16, 2011, ‘America’s commitment and my commitment to Israel and Israel’s security is unshakeable.’. And as President Bush stated before the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel on May 15, 2008, ‘The alliance between our governments is unbreakable, yet the source of our friendship runs deeper than any treaty.’.

    (2) To provide Israel the military capabilities necessary to deter and defend itself by itself against any threats.

    (3) To veto any one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council.

    (4) To support Israel’s inherent right to self-defense.

    (5) To pursue avenues to expand cooperation with Israel in both defense and across the spectrum of civilian sectors, including high technology, agriculture, medicine, health, pharmaceuticals, and energy.

    (6) To assist Israel with its on-going efforts to forge a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in two states living side by side in peace and security, and to encourage Israel’s neighbors to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

    SEC. 4. UNITED STATES ACTIONS TO ASSIST IN THE DEFENSE OF ISRAEL AND PROTECT AMERICAN INTERESTS.
    (a) Sense of Congress- It is the sense of Congress that the United States should take the following actions to assist in the defense of Israel:

    (1) Provide Israel such support as may be necessary to increase development and production of joint missile defense systems, particularly such systems that defend the urgent threat posed to Israel and United States forces in the region.

    (2) Provide Israel assistance specifically for the production and procurement of the Iron Dome defense system for purposes of intercepting short-range missiles, rockets, and projectiles launched against Israel.

    (3) Provide Israel defense articles and defense services through such mechanisms as appropriate, to include air refueling tankers, missile defense capabilities, and specialized munitions.

    (4) Allocate additional weaponry and munitions for the forward-deployed United States stockpile in Israel.

    (5) Provide Israel additional surplus defense articles and defense services, as appropriate, in the wake of the withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq.

    (6) Strengthen efforts to prevent weapons smuggling into Gaza pursuant to the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access following the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and to protect against weapons smuggling and terrorist threats from the Sinai Peninsula.

    (7) Offer the Israeli Air Force additional training and exercise opportunities in the United States to compensate for Israel’s limited air space.

    (8) Expand Israel’s authority to make purchases under the Foreign Military Financing program on a commercial basis.

    (9) Seek to enhance the capabilities of the United States and Israel to address emerging common threats, increase security cooperation, and expand joint military exercises.

    (10) Encourage an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises.

    (11) Support extension of the long-standing loan guarantee program for Israel, recognizing Israel’s unbroken record of repaying its loans on time and in full.

    (12) Expand already-close intelligence cooperation, including satellite intelligence, with Israel.

    (b) Report on Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge-

    (1) STATEMENT OF POLICY- It is the policy of the United States--

    (A) to help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge amid rapid and uncertain regional political transformation; and

    (B) to encourage further development of advanced technology programs between the United States and Israel given current trends and instability in the region.

    (2) REPORT- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report on the status of Israel’s qualitative military edge in light of current trends and instability in the region.

    (c) Reports on Other Matters- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on each of the following:

    (1) Taking into account Israel’s urgent requirement for F-35 aircraft, actions to improve the process relating to Israel’s purchase of F-35 aircraft to improve cost efficiency and timely delivery.

    (2) Efforts to expand cooperation between the United States and Israel in homeland security, counter-terrorism, maritime security, energy, cybersecurity, and other appropriate areas.

    (3) Actions to integrate Israel into the defense of the Eastern Mediterranean.

    (d) Definitions- In this section:

    (1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES- The term ‘appropriate congressional committees’ means--

    (A) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives; and

    (B) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

    (2) QUALITATIVE MILITARY EDGE- The term ‘qualitative military edge’ has the meaning given the term in section 36(h)(2) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776(h)(2)).

    SEC. 5. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE LOAN GUARANTEES TO ISRAEL.
    (a) In General- Chapter 5 of title I of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (Public Law 108-11), as amended, is further amended in the item relating to ‘Loan Guarantees to Israel’--

    (1) in the matter preceding the first proviso, by striking ‘September 30, 2011’ and inserting ‘September 30, 2015’; and

    (2) in the second proviso, by striking ‘September 30, 2011’ and inserting ‘September 30, 2015’.

    (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

    Passed the House of Representatives May 9, 2012.

    Attest:

    KAREN L. HAAS,

    Clerk.

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    Re: PAPER: Military action against Iran 'likely'..

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    I do believe that military action will be happening sooner than later once HR 4133 comes to pass.

    Full Text of H.R. 4133: United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 - GovTrack.us
    until i saw this earlier in the week, i would have agreed with you:
    Russia and China are against using military force or the threat of force against Iran, and do not approve of directing unilateral sanctions against it
    Russia, China Stress Rejection of Military Action against Syria, Iran
    those nation's have now drawn their own line in the sands of iran
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: PAPER: Military action against Iran 'likely'..

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    until i saw this earlier in the week, i would have agreed with you:

    Russia, China Stress Rejection of Military Action against Syria, Iran
    those nation's have now drawn their own line in the sands of iran
    Right. I had been anticipating Russia and China's condemnation of military operations, and as you said, to draw their lines in the sand in regards to Iran. At this point, it is a waiting game - for us, that is. Because someone's side is going to lose in all of this. There are too many red lines and lines in the sand for there not to be a loser.

    At any rate, I think the rhetoric behind the scenes is a lot more forthcoming than what we're being told. But do I believe that China and Russia would be willing to do anything drastic to protect Iran, or for that matter Syria, I doubt that they'd risk War with the US over it. However, the depths of US loyalty to Israel is the crux of the whole matter. How far will the US go to defend Israel? How committed is Israel to stopping Iran?

    Only time will tell.
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    Re: PAPER: Military action against Iran 'likely'..

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Right. I had been anticipating Russia and China's condemnation of military operations, and as you said, to draw their lines in the sand in regards to Iran. At this point, it is a waiting game - for us, that is. Because someone's side is going to lose in all of this. There are too many red lines and lines in the sand for there not to be a loser.

    At any rate, I think the rhetoric behind the scenes is a lot more forthcoming than what we're being told. But do I believe that China and Russia would be willing to do anything drastic to protect Iran, or for that matter Syria, I doubt that they'd risk War with the US over it. However, the depths of US loyalty to Israel is the crux of the whole matter. How far will the US go to defend Israel? How committed is Israel to stopping Iran?

    Only time will tell.
    i can see the russians and chinese funneling advanced weaponry to iran as we have been doing with israel
    as a bonus, they get to witness how their arms compete against those of the west

    Obama will now be a fool if he agrees to place any troops at risk during an iranian assault
    while he has disappointed me much over the past three plus years, i pray he is not such a fool
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: PAPER: Military action against Iran 'likely'..

    Some updating:

    S 2165 passed the Senate
    China invested $20 billion into Iranian oilfields

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Right. I had been anticipating Russia and China's condemnation of military operations, and as you said, to draw their lines in the sand in regards to Iran. At this point, it is a waiting game - for us, that is. Because someone's side is going to lose in all of this. There are too many red lines and lines in the sand for there not to be a loser.

    At any rate, I think the rhetoric behind the scenes is a lot more forthcoming than what we're being told. But do I believe that China and Russia would be willing to do anything drastic to protect Iran, or for that matter Syria, I doubt that they'd risk War with the US over it. However, the depths of US loyalty to Israel is the crux of the whole matter. How far will the US go to defend Israel? How committed is Israel to stopping Iran?

    Only time will tell.
    Or Chinese and Russian loyalty to Syria and Iran are the crux of the problem
    “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”
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