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Netanyahu: Congress Speech About Israel’s Survival, Not ‘Confrontation’ With Obama

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his upcoming address in front of Congress has nothing to do with his "confrontation" with US President Barack Obama. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday issued his latest defense of his upcoming speech to Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat and radical Islam, saying in a statement that he is not seeking a “confrontation” with President Barack Obama on the issue, but instead fulfilling his “obligation to speak up on a matter that affects the very survival of my country.”

The White House has opposed Netanyahu’s March 3 speech because it contends that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not consult with the president before inviting Netanyahu. The Obama administration also believes the speech will hurt the P5+1 powers’ chances of reaching a deal in their ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Netanyahu, however, said Tuesday that Israel has “a profound disagreement with the United States administration and the rest of the P5+1 over the offer that has been made to Iran” in the talks.

“This offer would enable Iran to threaten Israel’s survival,” said Netanyahu. “This is a regime, Iran, that is openly committed to Israel’s destruction. It would be able, under this deal, to break out to a nuclear weapon in a short time, and within a few years, to have the industrial capability to produce many nuclear bombs for the goal of our destruction. This is not a personal disagreement between President Obama and me. I deeply appreciate all that he has done for Israel in many fields. Equally, I know that the president appreciates my responsibility, my foremost responsibility, to protect and defend the security of Israel.”

Netanyahu also said that disagreements about Israel’s security “have occurred between prime ministers in Israel from the left and from the right and American presidents from both parties.”

“None of these disagreements led to a rupture in the relationship between Israel and the United States,” he said. “In fact, over time, our relationship grew stronger.”

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    A letter to America’s rabbis —

    from Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    The DC Post ( is proud to convey a letter from Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg (Congregation Beth-El, Edison, New Jersey) to his fellow rabbis nationwide. We agree with Rabbi Rosenberg wholeheartedly and we support his “Rabbis for Romney” in every way. The rabbi’s letter, as sent to more than a thousand colleagues, follows. But first, a prologue from The DC Post’s Michael Podwill:

    Americans can no longer pretend that all is fine with our leadership…with America’s place in a world that’s growing more and more tenuous. We must all take note. And America’s Jews must take special note — because everything is at stake.

    The horrific attacks last week, the murderous display at the US consulate in Benghazi and the disgraceful scenes in Cairo and Tunis, speak volumes. So do the Obama administration’s ongoing apologies and appeasements to Islam. Then there’s that most revealing brouhaha regarding the Democrats and their “conflict” over God, and over Jerusalem’s true status as Israel’s capital.

    We cannot forget this president’s continuous insults — in policy, in behavior — to Israel. The latest, Obama’s apparent refusal to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, is glaring. Especially now, when the Arab world is exploding. When the threat of a nuclear Iran grows more palpable daily. And when the mullahs’ sickening calls for the obliteration of Israel are met with worldwide silence.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu is correct in expressing consternation at an American president who spends far more time trying to rein in Israel than trying to preclude Iran from going nuclear.

    With greatest respect, we present this letter from Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg:

    To my fellow rabbis:

    I write to you at this time of dire trouble for our country and for Israel.

    Last week America was under attack. Our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were slaughtered by Muslim extremists. This was not a spontaneous “protest” against an admittedly stupid video. This was an organized military assault, coordinated expressly for execution on September 11.

    Likewise, the “protests” in Cairo at the American embassy. Where our flag was shredded, and the black Islamist flag of al-Qaeda was raised in its place. Reliable sources say the US was forewarned of both attacks — probably by Israel. But America’s State Department ignored those warnings. Why?

    The Obama administration’s reactions to these outrages is sadly typical. The next day, Mr. Obama flew off to Las Vegas to raise funds. And our government still apologizes for that inane video — made by an Egyptian Coptic.

    Where is the leadership here? What has such ongoing appeasement gotten us? Mr. Obama once promised a “reset” of America’s relationship with Muslim nations. But the reality is far different. The Islamic world holds us in greater contempt than ever, seeing Obama’s America as weak and incapable, or unwilling, to defend our interests and our friends.

    On that note, Obama’s policy toward Israel has been a disgrace from the start. It’s as if his goal is to disenfranchise himself — and America — from the Jewish state. To make clear to the world that Israel, should they dare to defend their very existence, will go it alone. Such signals serve only to embolden Israel’s enemies — who are also our enemies.

    The same signal comes from Obama’s latest snub of Bibi Netanyahu — who was told that Obama will not have time to meet with him when the Israeli Prime Minister arrives in America this week. Meanwhile, Obama can regale on the David Letterman. And extend an open invitation to Egypt’s President Morsi.

    Such actions say a lot to the world. Can we stand silent any longer?

    To the 613 “Rabbis for Obama,” in light of the president’s most recent actions, I ask you: What have you got to say now? What are your excuses for President Obama now?

    I say this with all my heart. I cannot keep silent any longer. The voices of my father and my mother, survivors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, compel me to speak out — with zeal.

    I urge you to consider the following:

    – Silence did not work in the 1930s, when the looming evils of Nazism could have been stopped in their tracks. Nor will it work today when Islamists, who deny the Holocaust, threaten another one in Israel.

    – Why does the United States say nothing about the daily denigration of Jews and Christians by imams worldwide?

    – Why do we tolerate an American media that continues to play dumb when our real interests, and our very lives, are at stake?

    – Why does America continue to send money (and excuse outstanding loans) to Morsi’s Egypt?

    – Why doesn’t America compel Morsi to uphold the peace treaty with Israel? To rein in Hamas? To act like a responsible, civil government?

    – And of utmost importance, why don’t we rabbis come together and insist that the Obama administration express — in words and in deeds — their unequivocal support for Israel during this most challenging of times?

    I started “Rabbis for Romney” as a counterweight to “Rabbis for Obama.” My message at first was not political. But the situation has evolved — or devolved — into one where the danger to Israel is more paramount than ever. Don’t kid yourselves. We are nearing the 11th hour.

    Please join me in my quest to see that America and Israel stay safe from the growing danger that’s all around us.

    We can no longer afford to stay silent. Let us make sure that “Never again” means “NEVER again.”


    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg

    Note: To join “Rabbis for Romney,” please contact Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg at