Netanyahu Speaks at AIPAC

Israel  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a record number of AIPAC delegates on Monday, March 2 “You are here to tell the world that our alliance is stronger than ever.”

He predicted that the relationship between the US and Israel, a country which he pointed out is a beacon in the Middle East when it comes to democracy and human dignity, will not only endure but continue to flourish.

Netanyahu told his AIPAC audience that the purpose of his appearance before Congress on March 3 will be to speak about Iran — a country “that could threaten the survival of Israel.” Added Netanyahu, “As Prime Minister of Israel, I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there is still time to avoid them.” Israel and the US agree that Iran should not have nuclear weapons but disagree on the methods of preventing the Iranians from having them, Netanyahu stressed.

He acknowledged that the US and Israel are in vastly different circumstances with differing perspectives. “American leaders worry about the security of their country, Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.”

The Prime Minister made reference to times in Israel’s history when Israel has “acted alone” to ensure its survival and interests, often in contrary to the wishes of the US and sometimes resorting to military action. He said he is noting these examples because “despite occasional disagreements, the friendship between America and Israel grew stronger and stronger, decade after decade.”

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