Nov 18 2019

Graham Applauds Trump Administration Announcement on Israel, Iran

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the Trump administration would reverse policies that deemed Israeli settlement of the West Bank illegal and that the United States will eliminate Iran’s civil nuclear cooperation waiver. 

“I support the announcement on Israeli settlements made today by Secretary Pompeo.  This announcement is a repudiation of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-informed efforts to target Israeli presence in the West Bank. While I strongly support a two-state solution, I believe the Trump administration’s announcement today will ultimately advance the cause of peace over time.

“In addition, the cancellation of the civil nuclear cooperation waiver regarding the Iran nuclear program is welcome news. Iran’s behavior in the Middle East, in particular the attack on the Saudi oil field, does not justify continued waivers for their nuclear program.

“These decisions by President Trump show a firm resolve to stand with our friends in Israel and stand up to the Ayatollah’s rogue regime.”