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Pro-Israel Groups Back Strikes on Syria

Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 11:38 AM

By Dan Weil

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The influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee offered its support Tuesday for President Barack Obama's plan to attack Syria.

"AIPAC urges Congress to grant the president the authority he has requested to protect America’s national security interests and dissuade the Syrian regime's further use of unconventional weapons," the American-Israeli lobbying group said in a statement.

"The civilized world cannot tolerate the use of these barbaric weapons, particularly against an innocent civilian population including hundreds of children. Simply put, barbarism on a mass scale must not be given a free pass."

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AIPAC stressed the importance of sending a message of resolve to Syria's allies, Iran and the militant group Hezbollah.

"The Syrian regime and its Iranian ally have repeatedly demonstrated that they will not respect civilized norms," the statement said. "That is why America must act and why we must prevent further proliferation of unconventional weapons in this region."

The lobbying group also warned that failure to approve the congressional resolution on Syrian would weaken U.S. credibility in the region in preventing the use of unconventional weapons, a situation that would "greatly endanger" U.S. security interests "and those of our regional allies."

The Anti-Defamation League, another pro-Israel group, also announced its support Tuesday for Obama's plan to hit Syria.

“The president has made a decision to use military force against Syria because of their use of chemical weapons. I don’t know what there is to debate about,” Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, told The Hill.

“For us, it’s not a political issue. I know there are people who come with a political agenda. For us, this is above and beyond.”

The liberal-leaning J Street, another pro-Israel lobbying group, hasn't announced its position on a Syria attack, spokeswoman Jessica Rosenblum, told The Hill.

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