Israel has traditionally been considered a bi-partisan issue in American politics. With a few exceptions, both Democrats and Republicans have supported Israel in Congress. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has been less than supportive. That of course, is a generous characterization of the way the administration has treated our lone friend and ally in the middle east.
But instead of rehashing the past few years and the way President Obama has continuously snubbed Prime Minister Netanyahu, I’d like to focus on the present. Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress on March third. The speech is meant to serve as a platform for the Prime Minister to address the existential threat Iran and its nuclear development poses not only to Israel, but to the entire western world.
President Obama has repeatedly shown the world that he does not comprehend the magnitude of the threat Iran poses. His decision to ease sanctions on Iran has turned America into a laughing stock of sorts among many in the world.
I recognize the desire of some to play a game of political chicanery, but this is certainly not the time for it. Whether it’s a Republican Congress or a Democratic Congress that extended the invitation. Whether there indeed is an underlying degree of partisanship at play with the invitation, Americans of all stripes ought to stand strong behind Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The point is that his speech is not a partisan one. It is one about our country’s very national security, not just about Israel’s. Of all the leaders in the free world, Prime Minister Netanyahu has proven to have the gravitas necessary to both understand the threat of Iran and to combat it. If you love America and you are a patriot, you will support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s right to address the joint session of Congress about this incredibly important issue. This issue isn’t just an Israeli one. It’s an American one as well.