Netanyahu Scores Home Run for Israel
Avi Benlolo, President & CEO, FSWC
May 24, 2011
Logic always wins the day. Speaking to Congress this morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave clear and concise arguments to reinforce Congress’ support for Israel. With about a dozen standing ovations throughout and a warm reception upon his arrival, anyone concerned about the strength of the US-Israel relationship should cast their doubts aside.
Netanyahu made strong and pivotal arguments stating that Israel has been and will be America’s best ally. America, Netanyahu said, need not waste its energy and resources on building a democratic alliance in Israel – Israel, like America is already a democracy.
In fact, Netanyahu argued, with the ground shifting in the Middle East, only one country remains stable and secure - the State of Israel. And, of the 300 million Arabs living in the Middle East, only one State has granted 1 million Arabs freedom and democracy for decades, the State of Israel.
Referring to a protestor in the room who tried to shout him down, Netanyahu welcomed “the young lady”. You can do that in Israel and America, Netanyahu said - but try protesting in Iran or Tunisia.
In Israel, Netanyahu said, you need not worry about being stoned to death or having acid thrown at your face.
On the issue of the peace process, Netanyahu reminded Congress that Israelis are not foreign occupiers. This land has been the home land of the Jewish people for more than 4000 years.
"No distortion of history can deny the bond between the Jewish people and the land."
Netanyahu warned congress to take action on Iran. He said Iran will soon be able to put a nuclear weapon on a warhead, in a subway or in a container. In 2003, Iran stopped its Nuclear work when it thought the US would attack it. That was the only time said Netanyahu.
Netanyahu held to his steadfast belief that Jerusalem shall remain the undivided capital of the Jewish State. That he is willing to make some generous compromises on the 1967 borders - but not retreat wholly to the borders since they do not reflect facts on the ground (land swaps) A Palestinian state will come through a negotiated process and not by other mean said Netanyahu.
"The Middle East conflict, said Netanyahu, is not about the establishment of a Palestinian state, but about the existence of a Jewish state". He urged Palestinian President Abbas to stand before his people (as Netanyahu did before Israel) and say, "I will accept a Jewish state".