Prime Minister Netanyahu has accepted an invitation to speak on Tuesday, May 24, to a joint session of Congress. Likely and hopefully, after decades of close U.S.-Israeli ties, Congress will lend a sympathetic ear to what Bibi has to say in spite of Obama’s call for Israel’s return to pre-1967 borders. (See advance copy of Bibi’s speech.)
Eric Cantor let it be known that a Palestinian and Arab ‘‘culture infused with resentment and hatred’’ is ‘‘the root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians…It is not about the ‘67 lines.’’ He also said that it didn’t “make sense to force a democratic ally of ours into negotiating with now a terrorist organization…Just responding to the pressure of the Palestinians, and some of their supporters around the world, is not leadership. That’s not what people I think in this House and their constituents want to see out of our president.”
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch believes the lack of loyalty shown toward our ally is ridiculous and even dangerous. He will introduce a congressional resolution disapproving of President Obama’s stance on Israel’s border lines. In support of our ally, he said,
“Israel is the United States’ strongest friend and ally. By calling for a return to the pre-1967 borders, President Obama has directly undermined her. Rather than stand by Israel against consistent unprovoked aggression by longtime supporters of terrorism, President Obama is rewarding those who threaten Israel’s very right to exist. This is not only ridiculous, but dangerous. There is strong disapproval in Congress for the President’s new posture towards Israel, and I will introduce a resolution next week affirming Israel’s right to maintain its territorial integrity.
Now, more than ever, the security interests of the United States and Israel are linked. Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons is a clear and present danger to both of our nations. We cannot distance ourselves from our Israeli friends.”
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky agrees. He was quoted as saying, “Everybody knows that the ‘67 lines are just not tenable. The U.S. ought not be trying to push Israel into a deal that’s not good for Israel.’’
From “The U.S. Policy Shift on 1967 borders explained,” we read, “Mitt Romney said the president ‘has thrown Israel under the bus’ and Tim Pawlenty said the move was ‘a mistaken and very dangerous demand.’ Mike Huckabee called it a ‘grievous mistake.'”
Netanyahu responded face-to-face with Obama using a determined calm logic in rejecting Obama’s vision and in saying that he was not about to agree to Israel’s suicide. Though it was near impossible to keep from making Obama look weak, inexperienced, and immature, Netanyahu did attempt, nevertheless, to show respect by being very cordial in his explanation,
“Remember that, before 1967, Israel was all of nine miles wide. It was half the width of the Washington Beltway. And these were not the boundaries of peace; they were the boundaries of repeated wars, because the attack on Israel was so attractive.”
Very cordial, yet those on the left are calling Netanyahu rude, not seeming to realize that Netanyahu had no choice in rejecting Obama’s understanding of the situation. In article titled, “Israel’s Netanyahu primed for a ‘collision’ with Obama today,” we can read, “’Barack Hussein Obama adopted Yasser Arafat’s staged plan for Israel’s destruction, and he is trying to force it on our prime minister,’ said Danny Danon, a leader in the Israeli parliament from Netanyahu’s Likud party. ‘All that was new in the speech was that he called for Israel to return to 1967 borders without solving the crisis. Netanyahu has only one option: Tell Obama to forget about it.’”
Obama made “clarifying comments” Sunday in saying that the Jewish state would likely be able to negotiate keeping some settlements as part of a land swap in any final deal with the Palestinians. He explained that Israel and the Palestinians should use the 1967 borders as a starting point in peace talks, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that the borders will be the same as existed before the 1967 war.
Hatch welcomes Israeli Prime Minister “There are few honors as great as having the privilege of welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu before he speaks to Congress. America’s commitment to the state of Israel is absolute and unbreakable.”
From copy of speech that Bibi will give to joint session of Congress, “There is no doubt that the American people, who enjoy American’s freedom, who love and know the uniqueness of the Bible, will come to the aid of the millions of Jews who have renewed their lives in all parts of the holy land. You are the representatives of this wonderful nation and there is no doubt in our hearts that you will stand at our side and help defend our rights to live everywhere in biblical Israel….
To close, I wish to pray that one day the world realize that the shared longing of the Jewish and American peoples for peace and liberty, is one that the entire world should share. May we pray together for world peace.”
Netanyahu speech to Congress eyed for sign of U.S.-Israel rift
A left-leaning article, 5/20/11, which glowingly supports Obama’s incompetence and paints Israel as unbending and Netanyahu as dictatorial, click here. ” In his speech, Obama gave unprecedented prominence to a long-held U.S. stand (?) that Israel opposes: A Palestinian state should be shaped around the border lines that existed before the 1967 war in which Israel took control of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.” In 1967, Israel was attacked as the world watched them fight like tigers for their very existence, for their survival. They miraculously in six days were able to hold off their enemies and capture new land in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. If only the Arab nations had not attacked them, then they (the Arabs) would not have lost their land, and the Palestinians that they (Arabs) told to leave because of the impending attack would still be there.
Update: 5/24/2011/ Video and transcript of speech, click here.