Netanyahu at AIPAC: I respect President Obama and the office he holds

by Heather Robinson


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an extremely diplomatic and strong, albeit brief, speech today at the AIPAC Policy Conference in which he said of the speech he will give tomorrow, “My speech [to Congress] is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or to the office he holds. I have great respect for both.”

Rather, he reiterated that the point of tomorrow’s speech is to persuade against an international nuclear deal with Iran that he believes could “threaten the survival of Israel.”

A couple thoughts.

First, Netanyahu’s clear and gracious explanation of his intentions – and his expression of respect for the U.S. President and the office he holds – stand in sharp contrast to words and attitude of the Obama administration which, coming today on the heels of Netanyahu’s respectful words, frankly seem small-minded and insecure.

As of now, 50 members of Congress – Democrats and one “independent” – are reportedly planning to boycott this historic speech. If as is projected two Jewish members of Congress are among their ranks, for shame.

I’ll be tuning in tomorrow at 11 a.m. for Bibi.



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