Del. Kathy Szeliga and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, appearing Sunday at a Rockville synagogue, both pledged to support Israel if elected to Maryland's open Senate seat.
But the candidates differed sharply on whether the Iran nuclear deal was the best path toward supporting the United States' chief ally in the Middle East.
Van Hollen told the group of about 150 at B'Nai Israel that the agreement — signed last year to restrict Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the country — was "in the interest of the national security of the United States and Israel."
"Iran is in a much more difficult position if they want to build a nuclear...
The reactor building at the Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, is shown in August 2010, when the first fuel was loaded at the site. Iran and six world powers have been in negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capacity.