VERONA, PA – Former Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a joint-session of Congress.
Rick Santorum said: “I would first and foremost like to thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for accepting Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. It is critical that our nation’s elected leaders understand the threat posed by the development of an Iranian nuclear program and its impact not just on the United States but on our allies around the World. No nation is more at risk from an Iranian nuclear weapons program than Israel and it is critical that the United States stands side-by-side with the Prime Minister and our Israeli allies at this juncture.”
“Our next President must understand what this President does not – that an Iranian nuclear program is an existential threat to The West. President Obama has refused to recognize and learn who our enemies are, and in the case of Iran it is the radical mullahs who are intent on destroying America. To pacify them with pointless diplomatic negotiations only buys the mullahs time to develop a nuclear program. I agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu; we must take aggressive steps to implement diplomatic and economic sanctions now before it is too late,” Santorum concluded.
Senator Santorum served for 8 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he led efforts to transform the American military from a Cold War fighting force to one prepared to deal with the asymmetric threats we face today. Senator Santorum was the author of the Syria Accountability Act and the Iran Freedom and Support Act, which imposed sanction on those rogue regimes. Each bill passed overwhelmingly despite being initially opposed by President Bush and then-Senator Biden. Following his tenure in the Senate, Senator Santorum led a program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center focused on drawing attention to Iran and the Radical Islamist threat facing America and her allies.