“Don’t do this to an ally.”
Some Democrats are planning to boycott Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month because they view John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu as an insult to Obama.
Senator Marco Rubio spoke out on Thursday, urging Democrats not to boycott the speech.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Rubio Urges Democrats to Not Boycott Netanyahu
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) strongly urged his Democratic colleagues to stand with Israel during his floor speech Thursday, stating they should not boycott Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 address to Congress.
“Don’t do this to a people that are in the crosshairs of multiple terrorist groups with the capability of attacking them,” Rubio said. “Don’t do this to a nation whose civilians are terrorized by thousands of rockets launched against them at a moment’s notice. Don’t do this to a country that’s facing down the threat of a nuclear weapon annihilating them off the face of the Earth. Don’t do this to a people that are being stigmatized all over the world, even as we speak, who are being oppressed. Don’t do this to a country that in forum after forum has become the subject of de-legitimatization as people argue that somehow Israel’s right to exist is not real.”
Here’s the video:
Rubio’s sentiment has been echoed by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
Josh Feldman of Mediaite:
Elie Wiesel Asks Congress, WH to ‘Put Aside the Politics,’ Attend Netanyahu Speech
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is publicly supporting Benjamin Netanyahu‘s address to Congress and has a full-page newspaper ad out asking Congress––as well as the White House––to do the same.
Wiesel writes about the “catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran” and how he fully intends to be present when Netanyahu speaks. He says, “President Obama, Vice President Biden, distinguished members of Congress, I ask you –– As one who has seen the enemies of the Jewish people make good on threats to exterminate us, how can I remain silent?”
He asks them to “put aside the politics” and hear Netanyahu as he speaks.
Many notable Republicans have used Twitter to show their support:
I am inviting all Senators today to join in a bi-partisan welcome to Israel's PM as he addresses a joint session of Congress in early March.
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 12, 2015
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) February 13, 2015
Thank you! RT @netanyahu I intend to speak in the U.S. Congress because Congress might have an important role on a nuclear deal with Iran.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) February 11, 2015
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) January 27, 2015
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