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David Jolly: Iran’s threat to Israel is a threat to the U.S.

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Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly is reacting to news that, for a second day in a row, Iran has test-fired ballistic missiles capable of reaching the nation’s archenemy and the U.S.’s strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel.

The two missiles fired Wednesday are said to be capable of reaching 2,000 km — plenty of distance to reach Tel Aviv. Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency issued unsubstantiated claims that the missilies were inscribed with the words “Israel should be wiped from the pages of history” in Hebrew.

“Iran needs to know that a threat to Israel is also a direct threat to the United States, and today’s actions represent a historic escalation in the terror regime’s international aggression.  As a nation we must stand united with Israel and show unwavering support for our closest ally in the Middle East,” Jolly wrote in a statement.

U.S. officials had already threatened to bring the matter up with the UN Security Council after missiles were test fired Tuesday. Officials have also hinted at increasing sanctions against the nation.

However, despite response from the Obama administration the test launches are drawing increased attention from critics of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, including from Jolly.

“The test-firing of a missile marked with the words ‘Israel should be wiped from the pages of history’ calls for further isolation of Iran by the international community and should be universally condemned.  These actions further underscore why the President has been dreadfully wrong on his policy toward Israel and Iran, and likewise underscores why I refused to support the President’s decision to negotiate with Iran, a regime that is an active and direct threat to the U.S. and Israel.  Ultimately, the President’s agreement is proving disastrous to peace and has only served to facilitate a pathway to a nuclear Iran,” Jolly said.

According to Reuters the U.S. imposed sanctions against individuals and businesses earlier this year amid missile tests that occurred in October, however Iran’s military force said it would not bow to pressure.

“The more sanctions and pressure our enemies apply… the more we will develop our missile program,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said on state television.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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