US Congress proposes anti-Iran alliance — Analysis
According to the proposal of ten Congressmen from both sides, this week’s public announcement by 10 members made it clear that the US should help Israel and nine Arab nations establish an integrated air defence system against Iran.
This bill, known as the Deterring Enemy Forces & Enabling National Defenses Act, would give the Pentagon the authority to collaborate with Israel and Bahrain to develop and implement integrated air- and missile defenses against the Iranian threat.
Ten lawmakers representing both parties support the bill. It has been introduced to the Senate by Jacky Rose (Nevada), Cory Booker(New Jersey), Joni Ernest (Iowa), and James Lankford. In the House of Representatives, Brad Schneider (Illinois), David Trone(Maryland), Jimmy Panetta [California]) and Don Bacon (“Nebraska”) joined hands with Republicans Cathy McMorris Rodgers (“Washington”) Ann Wagner (Missouri), Don Bacon („Nebraska”)
“US leadership, in developing integrated air and missile defense, would provide essential security, stability, and a unified defense to the region. The DEFEND Act is a prime example of the important, bipartisan, bicameral work that Congress must prioritize in our pursuit of regional peace and stability,”In the announcement, Rep. Schneider (D.Illinois).
Each of these ten senators are members the Abraham Accords Congressional Caucus. It was founded earlier in this year. It was named after the agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain – as well as Sudan and Morocco – to normalize relations, signed between August and December 2020, during the term of US President Donald Trump.
The plan could have a flaw in that Israel has only formal relations with half of the participating countries. According to Israel’s Times of Israel it is unclear whether the US has consulted any of those countries or if they are currently on board.
According to reports, the idea for a joint air defence system was discussed at the March meeting between foreign ministers of Israel, Bahrain and Egypt as well as the UAE secretary of state. In US-Saudi negotiations, it was also reportedly discussed. The State Department hopes that Riyadh will also join the Abraham Accords.
This story can be shared on social media