TN Congressional Delegation Responses to Netanyahu Congressional Speech

Press release from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; March 3, 2015:

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress:

“Israel is one of our greatest allies, and our relationship is especially critical during these dangerous times in the Middle East. It’s important for Congress and the American people to hear from such strong allies, and I was glad the prime minister had a chance to share his views on issues facing both our countries.”

Press release from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; March 3, 2015:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress today.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a very strong speech, dispelled any sense of partisanship and focused on what is one of the greatest national security issues of our time. Israel is a great friend and ally to the United States, and it is important that our relationship remain resilient and unwavering as growing challenges in the Middle East threaten the future and security of both of our nations,” Corker said.

As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Corker was chosen to be part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who escorted Netanyahu into the U.S. House of Representatives chamber.

Press release from U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. 03; March 3, 2015:

WASHINGTON− Today, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, visited Washington, D.C. to deliver an address to a joint session of Congress. After the speech, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann released the following statement.

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress this morning was not only inspiring, but it was also judicious. As the President continues to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, I stand with the Prime Minister in my belief that the United States cannot agree to a deal that will result in Iran developing nuclear weapons. In the words of Prime Minister Netanyahu, “no deal is better than a bad deal. This is a bad deal.” I hope the President will recognize what is at stake for both Israel and the United States and walk away from any agreement that puts us and our allies in danger.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn. 04; March 3, 2015:

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress:

“Israel remains one of our closest allies and a critical partner in the struggle against the myriad threats posed by radical Islam and a nuclear Iran. Therefore, America’s commitment to Israel must remain as steadfast as the democratic principles our nations share. We must never allow partisan politics to jeopardize this longstanding friendship and strategic alliance.

“It is my hope the Obama administration will heed the words of Prime Minister Netanyahu and reaffirm our commitment to Israel and our mutual goal of a stable and secure Middle East. This starts with making it clear the United States will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. A policy of appeasement would only further destabilize the Middle East and embolden Iran’s ambitions for regional supremacy. We must remember that a nuclear Iran not only threatens Israel, but all of our partners in the region – especially Sunni Arab states.

“Our friends around the world need to know that the United States will always stand with our allies and against tyranny and oppression. Unfortunately, policies pursued by the Obama administration have weakened our position as a global leader. It is time for President Obama to listen to the legitimate concerns raised by the prime minister and pursue a nuclear agreement that is truly in the best interest of stability and democracy.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. 07; March 3, 2015:

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before a Joint Meeting of Congress:

“Israel is resolute in their support of democracy and is the United States’ best and closest ally in the Middle East. Prime Minister Netanyahu honored his commitment to the US and freedom when he accepted Speaker Boehner’s invitation to speak before a joint session of Congress.

“The Prime Minister delivered an affirmative message regarding the importance of the relationship between the US and Israel and its affect on not only the Middle East, but the entire world. It is critical that we strengthen that relationship and work towards our shared security goals. Most significantly, we must work in unison to place well-defined economic and political pressure on Iran and make it clear that the United States will never tolerate a nuclear-equipped Iran. As details of the nuclear agreement with Iran come to light, we must remain vigilant to ensure that Iran is forced to abandon its attempts to build a nuclear weapon.”