And the U.S. Congress is on the warpath: From Haaretz"A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a "major strategic ally," a one-of-a-kind designation. The bill, introduced Monday by U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, and Ted Deutch, a Democratic from Florida, is timed for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committeeconference, and 13,000 activists are expected to lobby for it and for Iran-related bills on Tuesday."In addition, the Jewish Lobby (or is it the Israeli Lobby...Chuck Hagel, Help!), will send members to lobby Congress to exempt Israel from the Sequester that is now cutting budgets across the federal government and in most states. But not apparently for the 51st!The New York Times has this report on the meeting and Vice-President Biden's promise to embrace war (if need be): "Mr. Biden took pains to emphasize Mr. Obamas threat to use military force if all else failed to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff, and President Barack Obama is not bluffing, the vice president said, drawing one of several standing ovations for his remarks."Here is the text of Vice President Biden's speech. Thank you Ha'aretz!
Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal.