Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a pro-Israel conference on Monday, and the message he delivered is one the Obama administration–and every other American for that matter–absolutely needs to hear.
When you read this, you’ll understand why so many conservatives and Israelis believe this man is the definition of class.
From The Washington Examiner:
“America and Israel are more than friends. We’re like a family. … And we must always remember that we are family,” Netanyahu told the audience of 16,000 at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, receiving one of many standing ovations.
Netanyahu sought to calm the controversy over his address Tuesday, which some Democrats plan to boycott because they see it as an inappropriate effort by a foreign leader to lobby Congress on Iran. Administration officials also are staying away — Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry are out of town, and the White House has said Obama will not meet Netanyahu while he is in Washington.
“My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the state office that he holds. I have great respect for both,” Netanyahu said. “The last thing I would want is for Israel to become a partisan issue. Israel has always been a bipartisan issue. Israel should always be made a bipartisan issue.”
Netanyahu went on to say, “American leaders worry about the security of their country. Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country,” alluding to the call for Obama to pass tougher sanctions against Iran.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is absolutely right. America and Israel have been such good friends for so long, it seems fitting to refer to the relationship as one consisting of familial bonds.
Israel is our longest and greatest ally in the Middle East, and our partnership with them is essential to our war against radical Islamic terrorism–see how easy it is to say, Mr. President?–which is why it’s critical this relationship be preserved.
Without the support of Israel, we face an even greater uphill climb to put radicalism out to pasture, and with the current rise of ISIS, that’s just not something we can afford.
Since the Jewish nation is our family, it’s critical we take that role seriously and do what we can to help protect them from those who want nothing more than to wipe them off the face of the earth.
Obama needs to heed Netanyahu’s message and once again prove America is still–and always will be–family to Israel by passing sanctions on Iran and by supporting Israel’s right to defend herself from bloodthirsty terrorists like Hamas.
It’s simply the right thing to do.