By Tom Quiner
Iran has publicly and frequently called for the annihilation of Israel.
They are embarked on a nuclear program that will give them the means to carry out their stated goal.
According to the Wall Street Journal this morning, the Obama administration is about to make a stunning concession:
“The U.S. and Iran are exploring a nuclear deal that would keep Tehran from amassing enough material to make a bomb for at least a decade, but could then allow it to gradually build up its capabilities again.
Such a deal would represent a significant compromise by the U.S., which had sought to restrain Tehran’s nuclear activities for as long as 20 years. Tehran has insisted on no more than a 10-year freeze.”
The consequences of a nuclear Iran are staggering, especially to our ally Israel, the only Democracy in the Middle East.
To better understand the impact of a nuclear Iran, Congressional Republicans invited Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netenyahu, to speak before a joint session of Congress. Amazingly, some liberal Democrats are going to boycott the Prime Minister’s address because Republicans may have hurt the president’s feelings with their invite.
1. Iran wants to kill every Jew in Israel.
2. Obama will allow them to develop the means to do so, as long as they hold off a decade.
3. Obama won’t let Mr. Netenyahu come to Washington to speak about the potential annihilation of his nation.
4. So Republicans invite him to come and speak instead.
5. Democrats pout and refuse to listen.
Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz, a liberal Democrat and Obama supporter, takes grave issue with Democrats’ treatment of the Israeli Prime Minister. Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, he said:
“Not only should all members of Congress attend Mr. Netanyahu’s speech, but President Obama—as a constitutional scholar—should urge members of Congress to do their constitutional duty of listening to opposing views in order to check and balance the policies of the administration.
Another reason members of Congress should not boycott Mr. Netanyahu’s speech is that support for Israel has always been a bipartisan issue. The decision by some members to boycott Israel’s prime minister endangers this bipartisan support. This will not only hurt Israel but will also endanger support for Democrats among pro-Israel voters. I certainly would never vote for or support a member of Congress who walked out on Israel’s prime minister.
One should walk out on tyrants, bigots and radical extremists, as the United States did when Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust and called for Israel’s destruction at the United Nations. To use such an extreme tactic against our closest ally, and the Middle East’s only vibrant democracy, is not only to insult Israel’s prime minister but to put Israel in a category in which it does not belong.”
For some reason, our president prefers to bow and scrape toward tyrants and save his bluster for our allies.
Thanks to Mr. Dershowitz for his principled essay.