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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

McCain decries 'daylight' between Israel and US on Iran

Senators John McCain (R-Az) and Lindsey Graham (R-Fl) met with Prime Minister Netanyahu on Tuesday and came out decrying the 'daylight' between the US and Israel over Iran.

Let's go to the videotape.

Here's more:
Just hours after meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday there was "daylight" and "tension" between Jerusalem and Washington over the Iranian issue.

"There should be no daylight between America and Israel in our assessment of the [Iranian] threat," McCain said at a Jerusalem press conference. "Unfortunately there clearly is some."

McCain's comments came just two days after Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a CNN interview it would not be prudent for Israel to attack Iran at this point. He also said that Iran was a "rational" actor.

McCain took strong issue with Dempsey's appraisal of Iran as rational, saying that by pursuing nuclear weapons despite mounting international isolation, growing sanctions, and the "very real threat of conflict, it is hard to see this as rational behavior."

"Any regime with an abiding concern for its own security, self interest and self preservation would not engage in such deeply provocative conduct," McCain said.

His colleague Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was even blunter in his criticism of Dempsey.

"I admire General Dempsey," he said. "But I don't think it is helpful to say that Iran is a rational actor given their behavior." Anyone who denies the Holocaust, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has done, and plotted to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington should not be considered rational, he said.

In reference to a spate of reports claiming that Washington was pressing Israel not to take action against Iran now, Graham said, "People are giving Israel a lot of advice here lately form America. I just want to tell our Israeli friends that my advice to you is never lose control of your destiny. Never allow a situation to develop that would destroy the Jewish state."

Graham referred to the current impasse with Iran as a "never again" moment.
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