Joint ECI-CUFI statement on Democratic boycott of Israeli PM's speech
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Today William Kristol, Chairman, Emergency Committee for Israel, and
Gary L. Bauer, Chairman, Christians United for Israel Action Fund,
released the following statement on the emerging Democratic boycott of
the Israeli Prime Minister's speech to Congress:
"In mid-January, the Speaker of the House of Representatives invited the
Prime Minister of Israel to address Congress. The Prime Minister
accepted the invitation. He will deliver remarks to a joint session of
Congress on March 3rd.
"Some Senators and Congressmen are now threatening to boycott the
speech. Whatever their intentions and reasons, their action will be
construed, at home and abroad, as a victory for the enemies of Israel
and the enemies of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
"Some members of Congress claim to be upset that the Speaker may have
violated protocol or blindsided the Administration by inviting the Prime
Minister. But then why take their anger out on the Prime Minister, and
thereby on the State of Israel? Others claim that this speech will
somehow help the Prime Minister in his reelection campaign -- as if
Israeli voters are going to base their choice on one speech to the U.S.
Congress, a speech in which the Prime Minister will reiterate arguments
about Iran's nuclear program with which the major opposition parties
agree and on which there is national unity.
"The bottom line is simple: The enemies of Israel benefit most from this
campaign against the Israeli Prime Minister's speech. Whatever their
views on Israeli politics or the Iranian nuclear negotiations, members
of Congress who are friends of Israel should not play into the hands of
Israel's enemies -- and America's -- by boycotting this speech.
Boycotting Israel is high on the agenda of the enemies of Israel.
Welcoming Israel's Prime Minister to the halls of Congress is the least
that those who claim to be friends of the Jewish state should do.
"As representatives of two proudly pro-Israel organizations, we urge
members of Congress to do the right thing for the U.S. and Israel. And
for those who would turn their backs on Israel and boycott its leader --
they are no friends of Israel, and we pledge to do our best to educate
voters about their undermining of Israel and the U.S.-Israel
relationship at this crucial hour."
The statement is available online here: www.committeeforisrael.com/boycott
I could not agree more.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Christians United for Israel, Emergency Committee for Israel, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, joint session of Congress, P 5+1