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Netanyahu Calls Sen. Kirk

Israeli leader talks to Illinois Senator about Iran.

got a call today from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wishing Illinois’s junior senator a speedy recovery, according to a statement from Kirk’s office.

The two spoke about Middle East issues and the urgent need for tougher sanctions to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, according to the statement. They agreed to remain in close contact on issues of mutual concern.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu publically thanked Kirk before more than 12,000 persons for his constant support of the people of Israel at the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Last week, Kirk received a call from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The two of them also discussed Iran policy as well as other Senate business, according to a story in Politico.

Kirk at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from a stroke suffered January Jan. 21.

Paul March 20, 2012 at 09:07 PM
It's sad how much influence a foreign leader like Netanyahu can have on U.S. foreign policy. Our involvement in two disastrous Middle East adventures has already destroyed so many lives and wasted well over a trillion dollars. And yet Netanyahu is bound and determined to drag us into another conflict with Iran. The obvious solution would be to create a nuclear-free Middle East, but I'm sure the right-wing Israeli leadership would have nothing of that because they want to retain a military edge over their neighbors so that they can attack them at will.
Nightcrawler March 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Netanyahu makes me very uncomfortable. I have as little use for him and the rest of Israel's fanatical right wing as I do for our domestic variety.
Jeff Bloomberg March 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
So Israel can attack them at will? Israel's neighbors have not only vowed to detroy them since Israel's independence but have attempted in a number of times. Israel's military strength is necessary from a DEFENSIVE standpoint. If Israel did not have nuclear weapons as a deterrent they would be gone by now.
Paul March 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Israel's aggressive military stance is due to the fact that it is basically settler-colony set down among an alien population. By declaring itself a "Jewish state" has only relegated Palestinians to second-class status within their own homeland. This is a formula for lasting hostility and an end must come to this apartheid creation. Irrational, hysterical people view this as a call for the "destruction of the State of Israel" (with images of atomic clouds) or "driving the Jews into the sea." This Zionist concept is at odds with traditional Jewish philosophy, which says Jews ought to live as equals with their Muslim and Christian brothers, not as their overlords. As for Israel's nuclear arsenal, this the root cause of the current standoff with Iran. If Iran is indeed seeking to develop nuclear weapons (which they say they are not and the evidence supports this), it would be to protect itself from any threats of the sorts of attacks that Israel has visited on all of its neighbors at one time or another. The obvious solution is that no Middle Eastern nation possess nuclear weapons (including Israel). But since Israel will always want to keep its OFFENSIVE edge, other nations may sooner or later want to possess them for protection. Israel, by playing policeman in the region and attacking its neighbors and by not coming to terms with the core Palestinian issues, has only brought upon itself more problems and has added to the instability and popular unrest in the region.
MS April 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Rightly so. It's the only way Isreal can exist in an area where it's neighbors vow to exterminate it. Isreal wants to be left in peace. The Arabs only want to war. They can't even make peace within their own countries.

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