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Putting Netanyahu’s Upcoming Congress Talk in Perspective

avatar by Ron Agam

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Wikimedia.

Much has been made of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent decision to address Congress without following protocol and receiving approval from President Obama.

But lets put things in perspective. During Word War II, six million Jews perished in concentration camps with the knowledge of most of the world’s leaders. The US and Britain failed to send bombers to destroy the murder machine, and their deafening silence amounted to complicity in the deaths of these Jews.

If Prime Minister Netanyahu sees the Iranian danger as a similar existential threat to the survival of his people, it is his imperative duty to repeatedly articulate the danger that an Iranian bomb will present to Israel and the world. A new address to Congress is the best way to highlight this danger (along with the danger of striking a bad deal with the Iranians just as they are in an extremely vulnerable economic position).

Only debilitating sanctions on Iran has achieved results, and Netanyahu has been the main reason that the P5+1 have exercised the pressures that brought Iran to the negotiation table. The end of March is a critical date in these negotiations; time is of the essence, and March is the perfect time for Netanyahu to make his speech.

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As Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly articulated, a bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal with Iran. Giving into Tehran will embolden them to continue their nuclear program covertly, and to continue to wreak havoc and terror throughout the world. No one can make this case better than Bibi.

No one should care about the “noise” being heard in Washington. What we must care about is the danger posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. Israel has been the yellow canary in the coal mine regarding the Iranian nuclear threat, but the danger doesn’t stop with Israel. It only begins there. Thus, Netanyahu’s speech is of grave importance to the American people.

There are major differences between Congress and the White House on this issue. But we have just marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and Jewish history tells us that we cannot stay silent in the face of mortal danger. We must warn the world of it, and do everything to stop it.

Pageantry, manners, or “departures of protocol” are not the issue here. The six million Jewish deaths during the Holocaust remind us that we should not be shy or intimated to voice our fear and anguish when our survival is at stake.

Prime Minister Netanyahu: you are the sole, democratically elected leader of Israel. Your moral and ethical responsibility is to your people, not to anyone else.

The speech before Congress is critical for the future of world peace, and Netanyahu must not be kept silent.

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