CBNNew.com - WASHINGTON, DC - Republican presidential candidate John McCain took a bold pro-Israel, anti-terrorist stance at the AIPAC meeting Monday.
"I am committed to making certain Israel maintains its qualitative military edge. Israel's enemies are too numerous, its margin of error too small, and our shared interests and values too great for us to follow any other policy," said McCain, who takes the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran very seriously.
"Teheran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons poses an unacceptable risk, a danger we cannot allow," McCain said.
"Emboldened by nuclear weapons, Iran would feel free to sponsor terrorist attacks against any perceived enemy. Its flouting of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty would render that agreement obsolete and could induce Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others to join a nuclear arms race," he said.
"The world would have to live indefinitely with the possibility that Teheran might pass nuclear materials or weapons to one of its allied terrorist networks. Armed as well with its ballistic missile arsenal, an Iranian nuclear bomb would pose an existential threat to the people of Israel," McCain said.
"Foremost in all our minds is the threat posed by the regime in Teheran. The Iranian president has called for Israel to be wiped off the map and suggested that Israel's Jewish population should return to Europe. He calls Israel a stinking corpse that is on its way to annihilation, but the Iranian leadership does far more than issue vile insults. It acts in ways directly detrimental to the security of Israel and the United States," he said.
McCain criticized Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama for not backing an amendment to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization whose operatives killed American soldiers in Iraq.
"Over three-quarters of the Senate supported this obvious step, but not Senator Obama. He opposed the resolution because its support for countering Iranian influence in Iran was, he said 'a wrong message not only to the world but also to the region.' But here too he is mistaken. Holding Iran's influence in check - and holding a terrorist organization accountable - sends exactly the right message to Iran, to the region and to the world," he said.
Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, McCain said that while everyone hopes the talks will progress and the process should be encouraged, Israelis must be able to live safely in the meantime.
"A peace process that places faith in terrorists can never end in peace, and we do no favors to the Palestinian people by conferring approval upon the terrorist syndicate that has seized power in Gaza," he said.
Source: YNet news