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February 13, 2015 10:41 am

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel Endorses Upcoming Netanyahu Congress Speech

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Elie Wiesel has spoken in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming address to Congress. Photo: David Shankbone.

Reuters – Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is lending his support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress on the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program – an address that has antagonized the White House and divided American Jews.

An outspoken New Jersey Orthodox rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, said on Thursday he is placing full-page advertisements in two of the leading US newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, featuring Wiesel’s endorsement of Netanyahu’s speech.

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  • Amazing that while Alan Dershowitz, Dennis Ross and now Elie Wiesel, all previously staunch supporters of Obama, finally realized the disaster Obama’s policies towards Iran are creating for Israel and the US, the Israeli left has learned absolutely nothing.


    Bibi, Boehner and Barack – and, oh yes, the bomb

  • Julian Clovelley

    Once again I couldn’t care less when and where Netanyahu, or anyone else for that matter, speaks.. it is the content that counts, not the location. So it’s “propaganda” – so is a chocolate advertisement – so what?

    But I am curious as to what there really is to say on the subject -A nuclear power that developed nuclear weapons in response to a perceived military threat, can hardly criticise anyone else doing the same – certainly not on “moral grounds”. Nor can a country with energy resources that must eventually run out – largely through supplying the world’s oil markets over decades – be reasonably criticised for developing alternative power sources.

    So what’s left to talk about in a speech? The suggestion that offensive military action be taken would hardly have the support of the American public, even if the American Administration could be convinced it was morally acceptable. America is not looking for a crusade – and even if were to engage in one, the demands on Israel for involvement would certainly include the closure of settlements and end of occupation.

    On this basis all we really have in an election speech for Israeli consumption , and perhaps an attempt to suck up to the Republican Right< and influence the American Jewish vote

    Not a good idea to my mind

    But if he wants to speak, and Congress wants to let him – so what? It will be a fizzler – or it will rebound. I can't see any content or any spin put on it by extremist Zionist media achieving a positive result. War is distinctly unpopular in countries that have been engaged in so many and one has to remember that the Zionist worldview is a minority view in America