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November 10, 2015 12:35 pm

Netanyahu to Washington Think Tank: US-Israel Alliance Pivotal for Future of the World (VIDEO)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Enterprise Institute. Photo: Screenshot

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Enterprise Institute. Photo: Screenshot

The US-Israel alliance is “pivotal for the future of world,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at the Washington, DC think tank American Enterprise Institute on Monday.

Netanyahu said it was not only common ideals that bonded the two nations, but “it’s also the role, the active role of the United States in defending liberty around the world and standing by its allies — in this case, the best possible ally of the United States, Israel.”

“I think it’s made a world of difference,” he said. “I’d bet on this alliance. I wouldn’t sell the United States short. I wouldn’t sell Israel short. And I would not at all diminish the importance of this alliance and I think it’s pivotal for the future of our world.”

At the same time, the Israeli premier described Israel’s outreach to Asian countries like India, China and Japan, especially in the realm of innovation and tech.

“Israel is a speed chess innovator,” he said. “In the century of conceptual products and knowledge, the ones who will prosper are those who can innovate faster.”

Netanyahu also gave insight into Israeli policy regarding the recent international talks on Syria, which for the first time included Iran. He said that during his meeting that morning at the White House, he told President Barack Obama that Israel would not feel obliged to any “arrangements [that] are made in Syria that do not preclude Iran from continuing its aggression against us directly or by transferring weapons to Hezbollah.”

The Israeli prime minister, who has been in power since the early stages of the Syrian civil war in 2011, said he questioned whether Syria could be reconstituted within its pre-war borders. “I’m not sure Humpty Dumpty can be put back together,” Netanyahu said.

He also said he laid out Israel’s red lines in Syria to Russian President Vladimir Putin in September, as Russia stepped up its air campaign to protect the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“We will not allow Iran to set up a second front in the Golan, and we will act forcefully — and have acted forcefully — to prevent that. We will not allow the use of Syrian territory from which we’d be attacked by the Syrian army or anyone else and we have acted forcefully against that. And third, we will not allow the use of Syrian territory for the transfer of game-changing weapons into Lebanon into Hezbollah’s hands, and we have acted forcefully on that. I made it clear that we will continue to act like that,” he said.

Netanyahu received the 2015 Irving Kristol Award from the AEI, and delivered his remarks at the think tank’s annual dinner.

See a video of his address here:

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  • Reform School

    How sad for the United States and the West that the former has not seen in twenty years a national leader as committed to freedom with responsibility as this one is. Lamestream media are loathe to report that while their leader attended at Harvard, Israel’s did M.I.T. and Harvard simultaneously.

  • They should ask Obama the same question. Why does he have affection for Israel. That would be very interesting to see his comments.

  • Tony Trenton

    Bibi is the best man for PM !!!

    • Robert Davis

      Not for PM but for Foreign minister.

  • Jewish right to live in peace throughout Israel must be enforced
    Why as a Jew does the world think it has a right to torture me? Israel was created to prevent this. Yet on my home soil someone thinks that he has a right to torture me because I am a Jew. Israel of all places in the world should be my sanctuary especially because it is the official Jewish state for all Jews. Is it because I am a Jew that I deserve missiles to be thrown upon me? Is it because I am a Jew that another Jew has the right to prevent me from praying to my God on the Temple Mount?
    Many Jewish souls died in the Diaspora and continue to die, including in Israel for the sole reason that they are Jews. Their fate was in the hand of their leaders. They deserved so much more then being murdered just because they were Jewish. We do not want to repeat the Holocaust again. And nor the expulsion of over a million Jewish families from Arab countries.
    Israel must learn to secure the safety of every citizen under its roof. We declare; Enough of trying to be the advocate for these extremists’ evil people within the Arab-Palestinians population. Israel is the home of the Jewish people. It is written in all of the holy books, the bible and history books, including archeological excavations in Israel, International law and treaties.
    Enough; of trying to accommodate the Arab-Palestinian people; they only thrive on hate and destruction towards me as a Jew and Israel. Israel must be strong and extremely strict with no wavering, in enforcing its laws, its safety, security and sovereignty. Hamas should have been destroyed, just like any other enemy of Israel who wants to destroy her. Order must be restored in the Gaza and everywhere in Greater Israel.
    The Arab-Palestinians in the west bank (Judea and Samaria) thinks they can torture me because I am a Jew. They commit daily terror and violence in Israel in the name of Islam. Enough is enough. The time is not for revenge but for law and order with a clear message to Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, and his terrorist Arab P.A. that these terror and violence acts are his responsibility. If he cannot stop it, Israel will have no alternative, but to take appropriate action to stop terror and violence. Moreover, Hamas the terrorist organization must be eradicated once and for all.
    I am a Jew and I deserve to live in peace in my own country without threat and intimidation. I expect the respect and protection that is due to me especially by my Jewish leaders in my own country. All Jews must learn to respect each other no matter their religious practice or opinion. A unified Israel is a strong Israel.
    Among others, I blame the government of Israel for not taking a far, far stronger stand with no holds barred. There is no alternative but denial of citizenship, and deportation, of everyone who is an avowed enemy of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. People will say this is extreme. I say, the situation is extreme. Living with one million plus potential and actual murderers of our men, women and children is extreme.
    How do we know who is an enemy of the State? Anyone who has participated in any act of aggression against Israeli Jews (stone throwing, rioting, vandalizing Jewish cemeteries and holy places, attacks on Jews) is an enemy of the State. Furthermore, the families of these enemies of the State; the schools that teach hate and the destruction of Israel; and anyone who engages in anti-Israel hatred and violence in words or acts, must be treated as enemies of the State.
    I also blame, of course, the anti-Semitism of the rest of the world, including the US government (President, staff, and especially the State Dept), and certainly the EU and the UN (a terrorist supporter), whose extremely biased condemnation and pressures have stopped Israel from taking the necessary steps to protect itself. These are the steps which any other State in the world would be obligated to take and has taken without criticism and condemnation.
    The never ending and the continuance of violence against Israel and its’ citizens must come to an end. How many more of our beautiful people, young and old, must be sacrificed on the altar of the world’s anti-Semitism and our own fear of appearing too self-interested?
    If ever there was a time for self-interest, it is now.
    The Israeli government needs to learn from previous mistakes that ingratiating to the biased international media and to the Arabs only strengthens the Arab resolve and brings more bloodshed and bullying. No one has said a word about Egypt bombing Gazan houses and building a wall because Egypt doesn’t give a damn and everyone knows it. Israel needs to have the same attitude and do what is good and secure for its’ people for a change. This will garner more respect, not less. Bullies prey on the weak.
    As for Gaza it will now become solely Israel’s problem and the government will probably be dumb enough to accept the problem as their own. Israel created the Arab-Palestinian people and an idea of an Arab-Palestinian state and now they will probably take responsibility for the people of Gaza to please the world. Makes you sick, does it not!
    The Arabs keep demanding the West Bank as their new State. Israel must face reality and inform the public; that there will never be an Arab state west of the Jordan River. That shall eliminate any delusions of a second Arab terrorist state within the legal borders of Israel and will force Israel and the world to accept other alternatives; like population exchange. They also fail to inform the world, that the Arab states expelled over a million Jewish families from their countries, confiscated all their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate (over 70,000 square miles which is 6 times the size of Israel) most Jewish refugees from Arab countries were resettled in Greater Israel; and today comprise over half the population.
    The Arab-Palestinians have a state which was taken from Israel illegally by the British, it is called Jordan, which about 75% of its citizens now are; Arab-Palestinians citizens and possess a Jordanian citizenship. While the British as trustee for the Jewish people managed the Mandate for Palestine as trustee for the Jews, the British violated the trust and created “The State of Jordan” for the Arabs in the early 1920’s. The British took about 80% of Jewish allocated land under international law, which included all the territory east of the Jordan River under the San Remo Treaty of 1920 which adopted the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and gave it to the Arabs, in violation of the treaty.
    The Arab-Palestinians do not want an Arab State; they have proven to date that they are only interested in the destruction of Israel. Their Charters, Schooling and Media (brainwash) educates and promotes hate, terror and violence towards the Jewish State. An Arab-Palestinian State would have to act responsibly and abide by world criteria of a responsible state, which they cannot adhere to.
    YJ Draiman

    • Robert Davis

      “Egypt does not give a damn and everybody knows it”:that’s the first thing a Statesman does. There are many more but this is the first thing to know BEFORE even considering talk with an enemy. However what do the lefter half wits say? “huuuuh I talk with an enemy huuuuuh not with the friend huuuh!” Before one talks one has toprepare the ground but they…blow up the ground and everything else as well since leftwing nincapoops know only how to destroy everything they touch. The left ignores even the first word of the first chapter…these people should only take care of cleaning the Streets not more.

  • Obama made abundantly clear in his Cairo speech that he reveres the mass murderer of Jews, Muhammad. There can be no true alliance between Israel and the United States as long as someone who reveres a mass murderer of Jews is President. Anything Obama says that appears to favor Israel is pure taqiyya.

  • yussi

    The world should be thankful there is a Bibi Netanyahu.

    • Robert Davis

      As a speech maker, sure!

  • Isaac Semaya

    It is wonderful to see that Bibi and Barrack have united for the common good. Maybe now the Obama haters will change their minds about the President, and understand that he has been a good friend of Israel all along, even though they both have made mistakes about each other.

    • Robert Davis

      Semaya : you should queu with the file stated “fools only”!

      • Bryna Weiss

        You are the fool! And biggotted and not representing what our Jewish religion is about.

  • Your Excellency The prime minister of Israel the land of Hope sir your talk is very encouraging and fruitful allow me to insist this “The foolish can never rule over the wise.” thank you sir!

    • Robert Davis

      The foolish should not, sure but…they do! so how will we counter them? only with words?