Republican presidential candidate John McCain reasserted a pro-Israel stance, flaunted his recent visit to Israel and said that the US would not accept a nuclear Iran under his leadership.
Stumping at a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday he attacked his opponent, democratic candidate Barack Obama, who is also expected to address the three-day convention along with Hillary Clinton, embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I am committed to making certain Israel maintains its qualitative military edge. Israel's enemies are too numerous, its margin of error too small and our shared interests and values too great for us to follow any other policy,” the Arizona senator said.
McCain criticized Obama’s soft stance on Iran, which he said is dangerous to Israel and the region. The former prisoner of war said that America must be tough on Iran.
“Armed as well with its ballistic missile arsenal, an Iranian nuclear bomb would pose an existential threat to the people of Israel.”
He also recalled his recent visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
“Today, when we join in saying 'never again', that is not a wish, a request or a plea to the enemies of Israel. It is a promise that the United States and Israel will honor against any enemy," he said.