Resolution would provide aid to Israel if it attacks Iran in self-defense

A bipartisan group of senators sponsored a resolution on Thursday to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons that vowed U.S. assistance to Israel if it attacks Iran in self-defense.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are the chief sponsors of the resolution, which said that the U.S. would provide military, diplomatic and economic support to Israel if it starts a war of self-defense. If the non-binding resolution is passed, the Senate would condemn statements by Iranian leaders that call for the destruction of Israel, the Times of Israel reports.

"(If Israel is) compelled to take military action in self-defense (against Iran), the United States government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to the government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence," the bill said, according to the Times of Israel.

In addition, the proposed resolution assertively endorses unilateral penalties against Iran.

The resolution came a day after world powers met with Iran in Kazakhstan to propose concessions to Tehran in an effort to rein in the country's nuclear program.

Israeli President Shimon Peres met on Thursday with Wendy Sherman, the under secretary of state for political affairs, to learn of the progress made in the talks with Iran. The proposal made by the international community would allow Iran to keep a limited supply of highly enriched uranium, but the country would not be allowed to make any more, the Times of Israel reports.

"I continue to be convinced that Obama is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and that Obama and the American government will not cease their important efforts until a solution is found to prevent the Iranian danger," Peres said, according to the Times of Israel.