Posted by Tina
In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu was welcomed to Congress today with a three minute standing ovation. His speech, which included gracious acknowledgements for the President and for the United States as a great friend of Israel, received countless standing ovations. He praised America as the country fate designated to champion freedom in the world and thanked us for our support of Israel: “Support for Israel’s security is a wise investment in our common future. For an epic battle is now unfolding in the Middle East, between tyranny and freedom. A great convulsion is shaking the earth from the Khyber Pass to the Straits of Gibraltar. The tremors have shattered states and toppled governments. And we can all see that the ground is still shifting. Now this historic moment holds the promise of a new dawn of freedom and opportunity. Millions of young people are determined to change their future. We all look at them. They muster courage. They risk their lives. They demand dignity. They desire liberty.
A short history lesson asserted clearly that Israel is not an occupying force like the colonial “British in India” or the “Belgians in the Congo”. He firmly stated, “This is the land of our forefathers… no distortion of history will deny the 4000 year old bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.”
Netanyahu remarked that the issue of contention with the Palestinians isn’t whether the Palestinians deserve a state of their own but whether Israel has the right to exist. He noted the irony that of all the 300 million Arabs living in the Middle East only those who are citizens of Israel are “truly free”. He expressed his strong desire that citizens of other Middle Eastern nations would one day live as freely.
The full transcript can be read here. I sincerely hope this speech will be posted online for those who missed it. Netanyahu is an incredible speaker and a statesman of infinite patience, wisdom, and strength.