Peace Through Strength Act of 2009

October 15, 2009
October 15, 2009
Referred to House (sub)committee

25 cosponsors.

Would require the president to impose sanctions on any person or company that he finds to have provided refined petroleum products to Iran or provided support for the expansion of Iran’s domestic petroleum refining industry; declares that the U.S. is ‘wholly capable, willing, and ready to use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining or developing a nuclear weapons capability’; and directs the secy. of defense to develop and maintain viable military options to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Among a list of 70 findings of Congress are an assertion of Iran’s support for Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad; a listing of the various missiles that Iran has tested and deployed that can strike Israel; statements by President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the dangers to Israel of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon; and the assertion that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks denying the Holocaust and calling for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map’ have created a climate of fear among Iran’s Jewish community.

States that the policy of the U.S. shall be to support Israel’s right to defend itself; to remain committed to Israel’s defense and the development of a missile defense shield for Israel; and to normalize relations with Iran only after Iran respects Israel’s boundaries, sovereignty, and right to exist and contributes positively to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

See also: similar measures S. 908 of 4/28/09, H.R. 2194 of 4/30/09, and S. 2799 of 11/19/09; related measures H. Res. 319 of 4/2/09, H.R. 2845 of 6/12/09, H. Res. 581 of 6/25/09, H. Res. 840 of 10/15/09.

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