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February 11, 2015 1:37 pm

Israel Advocates Warn US Legislators of Political Costs Over Boycott of Netanyahu’s Congress Speech

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Two of America’s most outspoken Israel advocacy organizations have issued a warning to legislators contemplating a boycott of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s forthcoming speech to Congress that doing so could damage them at the polls.

In a joint statement, the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) and the Christians United for Israel Action Fund (CUFI) said, “As representatives of two proudly pro-Israel organizations, we urge members of Congress to do the right thing for the U.S. and Israel. And for those who would turn their backs on Israel and boycott its leader — they are no friends of Israel, and we pledge to do our best to educate voters about their undermining of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship at this crucial hour.”

The statement comes at one of the most fragile periods in American-Israeli relations since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Since yesterday morning, Obama has come under heavy criticism for an interview in which he stated that the January 9 Islamist terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris involved a “randomly” chosen target – thus implying that the Jewish nature of both the location and the victims was not relevant, despite loud claims from French leaders to the contrary.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen members of Congress have said they will follow Vice-President Joe Biden’s example in boycotting Netanyahu’s speech on the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Earlier today, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said that he too would not be attending the speech, but shifted the blame from Netanyahu onto the GOP leadership.

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“The unfortunate way that House leaders have unilaterally arranged this, and then heavily politicized it, has demolished the potential constructive value of this Joint meeting.” Leahy declared. “They have orchestrated a tawdry and high-handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel but the Congress itself.”

The reasoning behind Leahy’s decision was directly addressed by the ECI/CUFI statement. “Some members of Congress claim to be upset that the Speaker may have violated protocol or blindsided the Administration by inviting the Prime Minister. But then why take their anger out on the Prime Minister, and thereby on the State of Israel?” the statement argued.

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  • Bruce Richardson

    Congress doesn’t need President Obama’s approval for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress. He will be addressing Congress–not Obama. I doubt seriously that Netanyahu would even want to speak to President Obama. They have nothing in common. Netanyahu is a strong, competent leader.

  • philip campa

    I find it shocking to see many stand up for a foreign leader and insult an American President. As Americans we need to support America first. I support the courage of our leaders to stand up to the Jewish Lobby. I support the boycott.

    • Signe Knapp

      Shocking? We have free speech,for now. Obama has inserted himself via the state department and our tax dollars to fund Herzog in Israel’s next upcoming election. What you imply is fascism and aiding in the annihilation of Jews.

  • Yes! Awesome Israel! Don’t take anything of anyone! Especially if they are American liberal morons! You’re not alone!!you have many supporters in the states!Especially in the other Lone Star Nation of Texas! We’re not only fighting to defend our freedom and rights, but yours at the same time!! Be strong! HaShem is with you!God bless you!!

  • RobiMac

    The fact that demoncrats are boycotting Netanyahu’s speech to avoid this inconvenient truth about Iran and all islamic terrorists reveals truth initself….

    TRUTH LIES DEAD IN THE STREETS

    • the protocol for evil is take notice of all the Democrats that snub BIBI and make there lives miserable (legally) in the states they represent.If they love IRAN so much why don’t they move there and run for office there. Oh, i forgot there democrats

  • I am glad that the letters have been written in support of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s invitation to address Congress.
    This invitation goes beyond “personality conflicts”, and the grown-ups need to be in charge. Mr. Netanyahu will say what he needs to say to Congress, and Congress includes Republicans and Democrats.

  • Hello. All is well, love u all

  • Iran is an enemy to the U.S., Israel, and the free world! To hell with protocol, the speech should be heard and judged, accordingly! What is the protocal for evil?

    • My comment is not published? Y? It is moderate! Maybe u want to write it for me!

    • the protocol for evil is take notice of all the Democrats that snub BIBI and make there lives miserable (legally) in the states they represent.If they love IRAN so much why don’t they move there and run for office there. Oh, i forgot there democrats

  • DockyWocky

    Politically correct Democrats have little reason to avoid listening to Netanyahu – other than to demonstrate their complete subservience to Obama’s pro-islamic, and asininely dangerous agenda. Refusal to even listen to a man who is carrying a serious message to Americans marks these Obama lackey’s as true fools, and fools who should not be trusted with anything like our national survival.

    We had civil war over less important matters and it is time to begin treating traitors in our midst’s as the dangerous Fifth Column they truly represent.

  • ben kramer

    Warn Legislators of what? No more monies from AIPAC?

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    there is a strange blood-call in Obama’s politic or even in his life. Because if we are jewish through the mother (in case of mixed marriage), one is muslim through the father (in the same case, and Obama’s) Maybe this can explain his swinging politic, so dangerous at least for Israel. On the contrary of muslims, many jews don’t hesitate to be judeophobic. We are so strange: an anti nuke Iran politic does not threaten Iranies, nobody wants to exterminate them, but a nuclear Iran is so dangerous for Israel. It seems so clear…

  • Hugo

    Blackmail of the Jewish/Evangelical lobby

  • Martin Solomon

    Based on this episode, I may very well be voting Republican in the next election, for the first time since I started voting in 1968.

    • Vittore

      Same here, though I am younger.

    • Alan

      I already made up my mind to vote Republican. All my family has switched. We were all lifelong Democrats.

    • MO

      Moi aussi!

  • Eliot Schickler

    The Democrats who boycott Netanyahu’s speech are stupid! Democrats who are pro-Israel need to be there and tell Obama where to go!

  • racy

    I’m sure there will be a large number of Democrats who will boycott Netanyahu. By doing so they will show their true colors, whose side they’re on, and their anti Israel political stand, or their cowardice. Woe is to them. Those who threaten Israel’s existence are also a threat to them. I am interested in seeing the list of cowards for they speak out of two sides of their mouth.
    This will be the worst mistake of their life for their political career and future survival. They are listening to the crazy lady, Nancy Polosi, and the worst President in the history of our country.

  • theo

    The boycotters of the Netanyahu address are consigning themselves to ignominy and shame
    Israel faces imminent destruction and these small minds play games to appease their masters
    For Israel another holocaust threatens and these pygmies don’t have the guts to take a stand
    What does ” politicising ” mean Of course it is a political matter One party perceives the great danger while another is blinded and led by a weak president
    When Israel bombed the Iraqi nuclear plant America also condemned Israel Then they admitted how wrong they were
    Today Iran is a far greater threat
    The American philosopher Santayana wrote : those who do not learn from history will have to go through it again
    This time ,with a nuclear ,rogue state , the price to be paid will be unbearable !

  • These are serious times; we face existential threats and the situation demands competent statesmen, not opportunistic politicians. We need men and women capable of taking a stand for what is essential for the existence of Israel and the survival of democracy everywhere and denounce what is merely political expediency or worse, personal pique. Personal dislikes and insults are not strategies of diplomacy, they are merely testimonials of bad manners and poor upbringing. The Iranian threat is extremely dangerous not only to Israel but to the United States and other nations as well. Have we learned nothing from 9/11?? Nothing from the bombings in Paris??
    Actions speak louder than words. Obama words say ‘peace’ but his actions say ‘appeasement,’ that has been tried many times in the past, but has never worked. Another lesson we have NOT learned??

  • Ann levin

    It is far easier to convince ourselves that there is no threat from Iran. Those who choose not to hear Bibi speak are doing themselves and their government a disfavour. The truth has to be told… The time for glossing over has passed. Iran is a threat to the world…. Time to wake up and face the facts. Well done to Bibi for having courage.

  • JOHN TRAIN

    This has nothing to do with protocol…. AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN IRAN …..AND PRES. OBAMA’S PETULANT EGO.

    During the George Bush administration Representative Nancy Pelosi and Sen. John Kerry visited Assad in Syria and publicly gave him support.  This was despite both of them being requested by the State Department not to do so, since such support undercut US policy.

    Joseph Biden visits Israel. A lower level Israeli (Jerusalem) bureaucracy announces one of many steps in authorizing housing in a section of Jerusalem. This is not the 1st step nor is it the last step in this lengthily bureaucratic process. The US State Department goes  ballistic, publicly blaming Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu for this “slap in the face”. The same weekend the Palestinian Authority names a square after a bloody terrorist who is responsible for the murder of numerous Israeli schoolchildren. And yet not a peep out of Joe Biden. Not a peep out of the State Department. Where is the  indignation of the Israeli left? Where is the indignation of American Jews? Where is the media criticism?

    Pres. Obama released five Taliban terrorists in his swap for. Bowe Bergdahl,. He did this without discussing this with or even notifying Congress… which is against the law… Where is the media criticism?

    Pres. Obama unilaterally reversed long-standing US policy relating to Cuba without discussing  this with or even notifying Congress… Where is the media criticism?

    Pres. Obama insulted visiting head of state Prime Minister Netanyahu very publicly during a previous visit by Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House. He did this by blindsiding Israel and the Prime Minister by announcing his “decision” about Israel’s future borders while Prime Minister Netanyahu was on the airplane on his way to Washington and then by leaving Prime Minister Netanyahu alone to “cool his heels” while the president went off to have dinner with his family. Where the indignation of Israel’s left-wing? Where is the indignation of American Jews? Where is the media criticism?

    Pres. Obama had “high level administration officials” call Prime Minister Netanyahu chicken shift and other such  insults. Where is the indignation of Israel’s left-wing? Where is the indignation of American Jews? Where is the media criticism?

    THIS LATEST EPISODE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH VIOLATIONS OF PROTOCOL. The preliminary discussions for the visit started in October. The staff of the speaker of the house of representatives (as opposed to the staff of representative Bohner) includes both Democrats and Republicans. And as has been since published the White House did receive advance notice. The White House could have done exactly what they did with the president of Israel–talk about having scheduling conflicts and being unable to meet. This example just played out before our very eyes and only Washington insiders realized that the scenario of disrespect was created by the presence political advisers within the White House.

    THIS LATEST EFFORT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH TAKING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OFF MESSAGE…… IRAN IS A THREAT NOT ONLY TO ISRAEL BUT TO THE UNITED STATES.. THE US IS THE GREAT SATAN.   IRAN’S CURRENT MISSILES CAN ALREADY REACH ISRAEL. THE MISSILES THAT THEY ARE DEVELOPING ARE MEANT TO REACH THE UNITED STATES.

     OBAMA’S  ADVISERS  VALERIE JARRETT AND  RASHID KHALIDI .

    AND PRES. OBAMA’S EGO.

  • steven L

    The congress members who plan to boycott will show a dereliction of duty towards the country. This is the SINGLE most serious international issue of the first 20 years of the century.
    The “Islamic” President is doing its best to empower the Fanatical Islamic Republic of Iran.
    At the 2010 democratic convention the Liberal Jews were dumped. They ignore it at their own peril.

  • Dave

    All Jews should welcome Netanyahu who is coming to address Congress about a hugely significant issue for Jewish future in Israel, i.e. Iran’s ambition to build a nuclear bomb and what the US and Israel can do to stop the madness!

  • Bullfrog Europe

    Biden is a non starter as a politician.

    Obama will be consigned to history soon, and remembered as the US’s worst president in modern times.

    Israel’s security is paramount, and those who under estimate the intentions of Iran are foolish.

    • E benAbuya

      That will be tough. Carter has set that bar very high.

  • Why is Bibi speaking to AIPAC and then to the joint house? It will be the same speech. Does the members of Congress not know the problems Iran poses for the world. If they don’t then we have elected the stupidest people to represent us.

  • rulierose

    manufactured outrage from a petty president. it turns out they WERE informed about the speech, so this whole thing has been utter BS from start to finish.

    if the Democrats want to hold their breath until their turn blue and be babies, let them. it will make a great TV commercial in 2016: Bibi speaking passionately to the Republicans (all of whom are there), and the empty chairs where the Democrats should have been if they hadn’t been big babies.

    the American people can see that there is one party that stands up for Israel and western values and culture, and against Iran and creeping sharia.

  • Signe Knapp

    It’s not the goyim, as you say. It’s the far left democrats, appeasement of Obama(educated in a madrasah in Jakarta), and the Muslim Botherhood. let’s not forget meetings with Iran. Obama’s ties with the MB , for one , is his brother Malik. Malik is in charge of investments for the MB. In the US we ask why American Jews turn their backs on Israel. some say it is guilt. Obviously there is indoctrination in universities, the young are easily misguided. I pray for Israel and all of your people, and I pray for mine.

  • Michael Fox

    Publish the names of those congressmen who are following VP Joe Biden’s disrespectful boycott of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of congress. There is no grater threat to the civilized world than a nuclear armed Iran.

    Supporters of the only Democracy in the Middle East and America’s greatest ally in that volatile region, want to know which candidates we need to see defeated in their next election.

    President O blah bla who refuses to identify the barbarous enemy of civilization as Islamic extremism, is little more than a bench warmer on the JV team when it comes to matters of foreign policy but because of the power of his office, is a dangerous threat to international security.

  • kristine rinaldi

    If Senator Leahy doesn’t care to be in Congress when PM Netanyahu addresses Congress, then he should count his political career over! What arrogance for anyone to boycott Netanyahu. Just who do they think they are?! It’s time all these Democrats who think they are something when they are nothing should get off their “High Horse” and “Make Believe World” and live in reality, face the truth and accept that they are lost and need someone to lead them away from the cliff….ie PM Netanyahu. God help him and us.

  • Bernard Ross

    definitely switching to GOP

  • G. Hannon

    Holy c##p, Batman. Lunacy is rampant in Gotham.

    Next they will complain that the “American Government” is supporting anti-Zionist Klingons and Romulans.

    This is the danger of religious extremism, folks. Netanyahu is being mis-led by his current Ambasssador to the US, himself a former Republican Party consultant and GOP operative. This is Netanyahu playing footsies with the lunatic fringe of the Republican Congress, and trying to embarrass the President of the United States; most unwise, as the ADL and many others has now told Netanyahu.

  • HERB ROGOFF

    Since Obama has been trying to establish an agreement with Iran on lifting sanctions (which Netanyahu feels will cause irreparable harm) why hasn’t he asked Netanyahu to address Congress to give Israel feelings about it?

  • William J. Hirsch

    Netanyahu’s “in-your-face” planned talk to Congress, just before Israel’s elections, is arrogant & harmful to Israel.
    This P.M. is dragging Israel down. He should retract his planned ego-satisfying visit & start a path to re-do Israel in the democratic reality envisaged by its founders.

    Respectfully, & for the sake of a sound U.S – Israel partnership & Jewish values
    Bill Hirsch

  • Rabbi Emily f. Korzenik

    It is time to focus not the protocol surrounding Netanyahu”s invitation to speak before Congress but rather on the important question of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Many Americans and Europeans question Pres. Obama’s repeated concessions which project an eagerness to get an agreement, any agreement. Why does Pres Obama trust the Iranian leaders who support Assad and arm both Hizbollah and Hamas. They frequently and loudly announce their intention to destroy Israel. Why should our president be offended because the Prime Minister of Israel is worried and angry when
    their most important ally is making concessions that bring Iran closer and closer to nuclear bomb capacity?

  • ilene

    As if the Christians United blah blah blah has ever voted for a Dem. This is crap.

  • The true basis for a lasting peace in The Middle East r1

    A far-sighted Arab-Jewish agreement was arrived at 95 years ago but was never fully implemented. This still-legal agreement provides the basis for a solution today and should become widely publicized and supported.

    In 1919, following the end of World War I, an international Paris Peace Conference was convened by the victorious Allies to settle international questions. Delegations attended from around the world including an official Arab and Zionist delegation. The Arab delegation was led by Emir Feisal I, who agreed that the entire Palestine territory of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 would become the Jewish national home and expressed that position in separate letters to Zionist leaders Dr. Chaim Weizmann and Felix Frankfurter. In return for Arab support the Zionists promised economic and technical assistance to the local Arabs and the Allied powers agreed to grant eventual sovereignty to many of the Arab peoples in the region that were previously under control of the former Turkish Ottoman Empire.

    This conference, and a subsequent one at San Remo Italy, amicably settled the issues among the parties with voluntary, legally binding, international agreements. In 1922 the League of Nations assigned Britain as the Mandatory to faithfully carry out these agreements. It was British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill who unilaterally divided Mandatory Palestine into an exclusively Arab sector (Trans Jordan) and a Jewish sector. The Arabs received 76% of the original territory, comprising 35,000 square miles, located east of the Jordan River. That left the Jewish sector with only 10,000 square miles out of their original 45,000 square miles, which was still less than 1% of the combined Arab areas of 5 million square miles. That remaining Jewish sector is today contested with the ‘Palestinians’ claiming the ‘West Bank’ and Gaza to create, in effect, a second Palestinian state. (Jordan is mostly Palestinian.) It was the British, in 1919, who began to undermine their own Mandate and to instigate the Arabs against Jews.

    Under this settlement, the whole of Palestine on both sides of the Jordan was reserved exclusively for the Jewish People as the Jewish National Home, in recognition of their historical connection with that country, dating from the Patriarchal Period. The Palestine aspect of the global settlement was recorded in three basic documents that led to the founding of the modern State of Israel.

    The British Government repudiated the solemn obligation it undertook to develop Palestine gradually into an independent Jewish state. The US aided and abetted the British betrayal of the Jewish People by its abject failure to act decisively against the 1939 White Paper despite its own legal obligation to do so under the 1924 treaty. The UN Partition Resolution of November 29, 1947 illegally recommended the restriction of Jewish legal rights to a truncated part of Palestine. Despite all the subversive actions to smother and destroy Jewish legal rights and title of sovereignty to the entire Land of Israel, they still remain in full force by virtue of the Principle of Acquired Rights and the doctrine of Estoppel that apply in all legal systems of the democratic world.

    It has been argued, by scholars of international law, that the agreements of the international Paris Peace Conference of 1919, and their formal assignment to Britain as the Mandatory by the League of Nations, continue to be legally binding on all parties under international law. In addition to Jewish legal claims based on the 1922 law, a case can be made that it is also morally binding.

    Without a doubt, England is guilty of bad faith and for having engaged in deliberate sabotage of that agreement. A most promising beginning for Arab-Jewish relations in the Middle East was deliberately undermined by England and this part of history must be brought to bear upon the present conflict. Israel has a right to make full land claims under that 1922 Mandate by the League of Nations. The Arabs should also be made aware that it was England that instigated them against the Jews in pursuit of British imperial interests, and to the disadvantage of both Arabs and Jews.

    Significantly, Arab support for a Jewish state was clearly manifested at the Paris Peace conference of 1919. This should also be part of the legally binding Arab obligations to acceptance of a Jewish state with full rights. Emir Feisal I, son of Hussein, Sheriff of Mecca led the Arab delegation to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Excerpts of two letters from Emir Feisal to Zionist leaders Dr. Chaim Weizmann and to Felix Frankfurter indicate their friendly relations and high hopes for Jewish – Arab cooperation. Also note in the following text the term ‘Palestine’ clearly refers to the Jewish national home and not to any Arab entity or people.

    From Emir Feisal to Dr. Weizmann:

    “His Royal Highness the Emir Feisal, representing and acting on behalf of the Arab Kingdom of Hedjaz, and Dr. Chaim Weizmann, representing and acting on behalf of the Zionist Organization, mindful of the racial kinship and ancient bonds existing between the Arabs and the Jewish People, and realizing that the surest means of working out the consummation of their national aspirations is through the closest possible collaboration in the development of the Arab State and Palestine, and being desirous further of confirming the good understanding which exists between them, have agreed upon the following Articles:” … Article IV: “All necessary measures shall be taken to encourage and stimulate immigration of Jews into Palestine on a large scale, and as quickly as possible to settle Jewish immigrants upon the land through closer settlements and intensive cultivation of the soil. In taking such measures the Arab peasant and tenant farmers shall be protected in their rights, and shall be assisted in forwarding their economic development.”

    From Emir Feisal to Felix Frankfurter:

    “… We feel that the Arabs and Jews are cousins in race, having suffered similar oppressions at the hands of the powers stronger than themselves, and by a happy coincidence have been able to take the first step towards the attainment of their national ideals together.” “We Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help them through: we wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.” …. “People less informed and less responsible than our leaders and yours, ignoring the need for cooperation of the Arabs and the Zionists have been trying to exploit the local difficulties that must necessarily arise in Palestine in the early stages of our movements. Some of them have, I am afraid, misrepresented your aims to the Arab peasantry, and our aims to the Jewish peasantry, with the result that interested parties have been able to make capital our of what they call our differences. …” (To read full text go to: http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~samuel/feisal1.html and http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~samuel/feisal2.html)

    What remains now is for all parties to courageously and boldly cast off the mindless schemes of Oslo and the Road Map, and return to the sanity and statesmanship of the 1919 agreement. Those Arabs who have an acquired identity as ‘Palestinian’ should be given a far better alternative option than to be buried alive inside a non-viable illegal micro-state carved out of the Israeli heartland.

    The Win-Win solution

    Contrary to popular belief, the Arab-Israeli conflict has a reasonable solution. An orderly resettlement elsewhere of the so-called Palestinian Arabs would solve this long-standing ‘intractable’ problem. To propose this solution today elicits automatic rejection by almost everyone and perhaps even anger and hostility at its very mention (although attitudes may finally be changing). This is because the minds of many have been so thoroughly conditioned, with layer upon layer of repeated falsehoods, that open-minded reconsideration is almost impossible. But resettlement could become the basis of a win-win solution for both sides.

    For example, Saudi Arabia comprises some 750,000 square miles. It has a very low population density of only 33 per square mile vs. 1,000 for Israel including the territories. A modest 4% of Saudi Arabia, some 30,000 square miles, should be set aside for a new Palestinian state. That state would be 13 times the size of the present Palestinian area proposed under the Road Map and would now have ample space for natural growth. All of the intractable problems facing both Jews and Arabs, arising under the present schemes, would be eliminated. The Palestinians could now construct their own state with full political independence, self-rule and full dignity. The sources of friction between them and Israel would now be removed along with all the immense human and material costs associated with the current conflict.

    This would benefit the Saudis. It would take a desolate area and develop it and create an industry that would benefit the Saudis.

    Palestinians could begin using their legitimate ‘right of return’ to exit the territories, and the refugee camps, and migrate back to their ancestral home in Arabia and thereby also be closer to Mecca and Medina. A fraction of the countless billions spent on weapons by the Arab governments could fund the cost of establishing new settlements for the Palestinians. Israel would be free of Arabs, and the Palestinians would be free of Israel. The deep wounds of both peoples would now have a chance to heal.

    In early 2004 a poll by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion shows 37% willing to emigrate in return for a home, a job and $250,000. And this is before a far better deal has been offered, including true self-rule, peace and security, plus their own ample territory. What if ‘Palestinians’ were offered a homeland territory, drawn from lands donated by one of the more spacious Arab countries, one expressing continuous concern, love for, and outrage at the treatment of these very same folk?

    Israeli Arabs could play a constructive role in this because of their higher level of education and their experience living as full citizens in democratic Israel. They would become the managerial and entrepreneurial class and provide valuable assistance and leadership for fellow Palestinians who were stagnating in refugee camps inside other Arab countries. This crime was committed by their own brother Arabs, who refused to allow them to settle.

    Once the migration starts toward a far better future the movement could well accelerate voluntarily because the first ones to relocate would receive the best ‘ground floor’ opportunities, and the last ones to move would get what remains. Today there are tens of millions of people on the move around the world in search of better living conditions, so relocation is a long established and viable option for everyone.

    Another important advantage is that Israeli-Palestinian interaction would be limited to the selling of Arab homes in the territories and an orderly exit. No more frustratingly complex agreements as with Oslo where Israel honors all commitments and Arabs violate all commitments, and even U.S. assurances often prove worthless. The less need for Israel to depend on agreements with Arabs, Europeans and even Americans the better.

    Part of the problem are those Arab governments who deliberately keep the Israel-Palestinian conflict alive to divert attention from their own corrupt regimes. Also, western governments still pander to their corrupt Arab clients for purely expedient reasons. But new progressive voices are emerging among Arab intellectuals and even among some Moslem clerics that call for Arab societal reform, and who also recognize Jewish rights in the land of Israel. These voices need to be encouraged and enlisted in this quest for sanity.

    Another option is to settle the Palestinians in Sinai. This proposal was made after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. It should be reconsidered. Previously Egypt offered part of the Sinai adjacent to Gaza as a Palestinian State.

    What is also needed is Saudi cooperation and active support. The Saudis have long been responsible for promoting anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, and anti-American hatred along with funding terror and the teaching of a hateful form of Islam. With their ‘royal’ family of thousands of princes living lavishly off of oil income and the labor of foreign workers, they are a cesspool of corruption that even Osama bin Laden found offensive.

    It is time to demand that the Saudis make a major contribution to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. They caused much of the problem and they must now assist with the solution. It is time for the American administration to make the Saudis ‘an offer they can’t refuse’ and have them realize they have a direct interest in providing ‘land for peace’.

    For too long many people have labored under a collective mindset resembling a bad dream where big lies become entrenched wisdom,and truth is constantly strangled. Unless we change direction there will be dire consequences extending well beyond the peoples of the region. Those who still have minds and morals intact now have an obligation to think clearly and with sanity and support this approach to finally resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    The resettlement of the Arab-Palestinian refugees would also balance against the million Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries without any assets.

    See: The mandates for Mesopotamia, Syria and Palestine were assigned by the Supreme Court of the League of Nations at its San Remo meeting in April 1920. Negotiations between Great Britain and the United States with regard to the Palestine mandate were successfully concluded in May 1922, and approved by the Council of the League of Nations in July 1922. The mandates for Palestine and Syria came into force simultaneously on September 29, 1922. In this document, the League of Nations recognized the “historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine” and the “grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”

    The Jerusalem Covenant:

    As of this day, Jerusalem Day, the twenty-eight day of the month of Iyar in the year five thousand seven hundred fifty-two; one thousand nine hundred and twenty-two years after the destruction of the Second Temple; forty-four years since the founding of the State of Israel; twenty-five years since the Six Day War during which the Israel Defense Forces, in defense of our very existence, broke through the walls of the city and restored the Temple Mount and the unity of Jerusalem; twelve years since the Knesset of Israel reestablished the ‘Jerusalem, unified and whole, is the Capital of Israel’; the State of Israel is the State of the ‘Jewish People’ and the Capital of Israel is the Capital of the People of Israel. We have gathered together in Zion, national leaders and heads, of our communities everywhere, to enter into a covenant with Jerusalem, as was done by the leaders of our nation and all the people of Israel upon Israel’s return to its Land from the “Babylonian exile”;

    and the people and their leaders will dwell in Jerusalem, the Holy City.

    Once again, ‘our feet stand within your gates, O Jerusalem – Jerusalem built as a city joined together’ which ‘unites the people of Israel to one another’, and ‘links heavenly Jerusalem with earthly Jerusalem.’

    We have returned to the place that the Lord vowed to bestow upon the descendants of Abraham, Father of our Nation; to the City of David, King of Israel; where Solomon, son of David, built a Holy Temple; a Capital City which became the Mother of all Israel; a metropolis for justice and righteousness and for the wisdom and insights of the ancient world; where a Second Temple was erected in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. In this city the prophets of the Lord prophesied; in the City the Sages taught Torah; in this City the Sanhedrin convened in session in its stone chamber. ‘For there were the seats of Justice, the Throne of the House of David’, ‘for out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’

    Today, as of old, we hold fast to the truth of the words of the Prophets of Israel, that all the inhabitants of the world shall enter within the gates of Jerusalem: ‘And it shall come to pass at the end of days, the mountain of the House of the Lord will be well established at the peak of the mountains and will tower above the hills, and all the nation shall stream towards it.’ Each and every nation will live in it by its own faith: ‘For all the nation will go forward, each with its own Divine Name; we shall go in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.’ And in this spirit the Knesset of the State of Israel has enacted a law: The places holy to the peoples of all religions shall be protected from any desecration and from any restriction of free access to them.

    Jerusalem – peace and tranquility shall reign in the city: ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you be tranquil. May there by peace within your walls, and tranquility within your palaces.’ Out of Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to all the inhabitants of the earth: ‘And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more.’ Our sages, peace be upon them, said. In the future, The Holy One, the Blessed, will comfort Jerusalem only with peace.

    From this place, we once again take this vow: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its strength; may my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not raise up Jerusalem at the very height of my rejoicing.’

    And with all these understandings, we enter into this Covenant and write: We shall bind you to us forever; we shall bind you to us with faithfulness, with righteousness and justice, with steadfast love and compassion. We love you, O Jerusalem, with eternal love, with unbounded love, under siege and when liberated from the yoke of oppressors. We have been martyred for you; we have yearned for you, we have clung to you. Our faithfulness to you we shall bequeath to our children after us. Forevermore our home shall be within you.

    YJ Draiman

    • Jacobite

      This would be a reasonable solution to a problem of polarised extremes.
      Arabs will soon celebrate a hollow victory procured through deception and violence, could this ever bring lasting peace no matter what land they inhabit?
      Israel through faith and loyalty to its G-D will reassemble once again back in that Land, because of a victory promised and a covenant made to its founding Fathers.
      Peace will come not by Human hand, but by the Prince of Peace and King of Kings.
      ,and Lord of Lords.
      Not my words but the maker of the Covenant, When this day comes, and it’s fast approaching were will the enemies of G-D be, were will they hide, by what power will they prevale?
      My heart is with a people that have endured for peace and dignity as a nation like no other.
      May G-D bless the name of Israel and what it Truley stands for and all though’s that contend for the lasting peace to come.

  • nelson marans

    Memories hopefully will be long when it comes to the next election and we now can separate true friends from those who claim support for Obama is the overwhelming reason for their boycott.

  • Duncan

    I pray that in this sentinel moment of history Israelis will fully awaken to the lying nature of the Democrat party as it exists vis a vis the state of Israel. Nothing less than the survival of the state is at risk. Obama is a traitor to America and plainly wishes the destruction of Israel. I pray that if the PM must order an attack on Iran’s bomb making factories, Obama will not hinder it militarily. At this point I fear he is capable of almost anything. God help us all over the next 21 months.

  • yussi

    The GOP blindsided the administration with this invite and they should be punished for it BUT<BUT BUT..every single member of congress has the DUTY to be present for the speach. HELLO<Thats what the taxpayers pay you to do!!! If you absent yourself you will be showing yourselves as spineless people who are not fit to serve the best interests of the people who elected you. Its time for you to leave and get a job like everyone else..BIBI MUST BE HEARD!!!!!!!!!

    • Boehner invited Bibi not for love of Israel or democracy, but for hate of Obama. Still, while I do not believe that the president “is a Muslim,” he thinks that he is being “fair” because previous administrations have leaned more toward Israel.

      If he’s right, it’s because the U.S., unlike most nations in the United Nations, has continued to honor its commitment to support the State of Israel, a UN resolution that the Muslim nations have always opposed – yet they initiate and support every UN sanction and resolution against the State of Israel. How “fair” is that?

  • Carla Isselmann

    It should not become more ridiculous:remember that in 1994 Bill Clinton was invited to speak for the Knesseth and did so.In 2008 George W.Bush was invited to speak for the Knesseth and did so.In March Barry Soetoro was invited…and refused and said that he wanted to talk in front of some youngsters,which Netanyahu as a perfect host, arranged for him.
    Then,it now comes out, the invitation to Netanyahu was given by both the House of representatives AND the White House and then,when Netanyahu accepted, the idiocy started.A small note on the last page of the New York Times apologizes…Do we really want to continue with this kind of leadership in the USA?

  • Mark D. Ruthenberg

    I cannot object strongly enough to this turn of events.? To begin with, you can’t “dis” the President of the United States. Even those that hate him personally have respect for the position, especially in international matters. “Politics stop at the waters edge” is a time honored phrase, and it is still valid despite today’s partisan atmosphere. Then, adding insult to injury these organizations “warn” lawmakers that they could harm themselves at the polls if they boycott Netanyahu’s speech. Are they crazy? Nothing will be accomplished by threatening American lawmakers except resentment and anti-semitism. This whole exercise is fraught with disaster.
    It is not to late for Netanyahu to call the whole thing off. Perhaps a request that American broadcasters carry a live speech given by him in the Israeli Parliament, or some such gesture would allow him to save face. In any case, a simple statement acknowledging that the unexpectedly disturbing reaction to the planned speech and the possibility of insulting the President of the United States made it necessary to cancel it. This would solve the problem and probably raise Netanyahu’s stature everywhere.

  • SPKRTUTH

    GOP to fill the seats in Congress with staffers, as so many in Congress refuse to listen to Bibi…its going to be a laugh a minute. Will Boehner supply masks to his staffers to try to make people think yep that’s a democrat or republican sitting there….both parties are going to boycott him. He will look like a fool in front of the entire world.

  • george rosenbaum

    A bad calculation to jeopardize the relationship with the president who is commander in chief for nearly two more years.
    What can possibly be gained? Except Bibi’s ambition for another term. More sanctions are unlikely to eliminate the nuclear threat or moderate it. Moreover, many of Bibi’s advisers disagree that Iran is an existential threat. It could be a fateful error to trade the president’s support for an appeal for more sanctions.

  • When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking antisemitism..The prescient words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr spoken in March 1968. Every legislator and executive who boycotts Netanyahu ‘s speech will be branded for all time as an antisemite..
    Based on the wisdom of Dr King..
    Remember that John Lewis.

  • Okey

    During the 1930’s and even during the Holocaust, there were Jews in America, some not without influence, like The New York Times crowd, who deliberately tried to hide from general public view the mortal danger that European Jewry faced. Roosevelt was their deity.
    Today their descendants turn a blind eye to a potentially nuclearised and genocidal Iran. Obama is their deity.

  • Steven Wenick

    If the Congressional Black Caucus boycotts the speech they will have fallen to racism.

  • A lot of America Jews don’t seem to want to help Israel. Those that do…

    Help bring Texas Longhorns home to Israel
    To help defend the ranches & farms, as they are environmentally more suitable than Israel’s English cattle.
    To turn this dream into a reality
    This will lower the price of meat in Israel so poor families and their children may eat a little meat for Shabbat dinner.
    http://longhornproject.org

  • S. Klein

    Democratic law-makers who hitched their wagons to Mr. Obama’s anti-Israel policies did not fare too well in the 2010 and the 2014 mid-term elections. Maybe they feel if they continue to support Barack Obama’s anti-Israel policies, 2016 will treat them better.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Oh make the speech and get over it

    Moving on…

  • Robert Weintraub

    “One of the most fragile moments in Israel/American history…” It may be a fragile moment in Israel’s relation with the president but it is not so with the American public and congress. The US military is also very supportive of Israel. It is working with Israel on the “Iron Dome” and other important projects.

    • Sam nowlin

      Hey clown, The President is the Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces. So their is no destiction between the Military and the President. The follow his orders.

  • DACON9

    THOSE JEWS WHO BOYCOTT NETANYAHUS SPEECH
    ARE INTERESTED IN IMPRESSING THE GOYIM, NOTHING MORE.
    They are interested in keeping thier political position nothing more.

    Those politicians that intend to boycott Netanyahu are not fearful of G-D,DO NOT BELIEVE IN G-D, ONLY IN THEIR POLITICAL PARTY.
    and foolishly the warnings of others are no different.
    More amazing are the JEWS that intend to stay in the democrate party inspite of DEMOCRATE years of showing their opposition to everything to preserve ISRAEL.

    We have neville chamberlain in american government

    POLITICS OVER SECURITY
    ARROGANCE OVER KNOWLEDGE
    EGO OVER WISDOM
    HATRED OVER TRUTH.

    This is a time to understand the threats, over and above all so called protocol which is only disguised hatred.
    YES JEWISH SELF HATRED….
    THE BLESSING THEY DENY

    • Wayne J Scott

      You are right on. And G-D is watching those Jews whom turn their back on Israel by staying in the Democratic party.

    • noellsq

      This president is all about himself and f–k the country. I wish i was younger to see what history says about him.

      • Sam nowlin

        It will say he was the best President of the 21 century, dispite all the anti-American bigots.

    • kris Kristian

      We must blame the US Jews who voted for this person to occupy the W>H>

      They were warned that Obama is a Muslim and a hater of Israel. Yet, they still voted for him.
      They seem not to have learned from the first term of Obama, that he is the worst (other than the peanut farmer) president in US history.
      That he will do as much damage as possible to Israel.
      Yet, those Jews who voted for Obama, voted for THE PARTY.

      In times like that, one must ask. “Is he good for the US and Israel”

      I appeal to the US Jews, VOTE FOR THE MAN, NOT THE PART.

    • Efram

      I have one slight suggestion. Obama is NOT channeling Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain was overly naive and living in a world of wishful thinking. Obama knows EXACTLY what he is doing. He is an open supporter of terrorism, is about to give Iran permission to build nuclear weapons, and is a blatant Antisemite. Obama is not living in a dream world, he is living in a world where he hopes jihad ultimately succeeds, and is doing everything in his power to help this ‘success.’

      • Sam nowlin

        Hey, Nevill Chamberlain, didn’t knock of Hitler, like our President knocked of Bin laden. So please put down the pipe, and stop denying Obama his props.

        • Jacobite

          You must consider the stage of Obamas presidency, his need to be re elected for a second term in office, now with not even Mid Terms to worry about, we now see him for what he Truley stands for, and the legacy he chooses to be remembered for, I don’t believe he would sanction the killing of Bin Lardin now, The facts speak for themselves he did have him killed. The betrayal of our allies, the soft response to the evil perpetrators of the world, the sellout to Iran also speak for themselves.
          Is it a coincidence that the meaning of Bin Lardin and Barak Obama means the same virtually “to take down”?
          I guess if you don’t view the facts as they are then you might as well continue with your pipe and remain out of the picture.

      • Jacobite

        Agree, he is making a world war possible through ignorance , how could any one get it so wrong? Unless it’s meant to be, perhaps the very man for the job.
        He is doing exactly what would be needed to allow the enemies of the free world to gain an un defendable advantage.
        So who is Truley in control, three unclean spirits drawn into battle? (Equality,Liberty,False Religion Powers).
        Who has the Power to stop what’s coming on the Earth?

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