Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress sought to resell America on Israel.
He was wildly successful. US President Barack Obama’s comment on 1967 Israeli-Palestinian border now seems like a blip in the long tradition of strong US-Israeli alliance.
In his speech, Netanyahu simply reminded America all the reasons why Israel is such a strong and indispensible ally.
Below are direct quotes from it.
- Israel has no better friend than America and America has no better friend than Israel.
- We stand together to fight terrorism. Congratulations America, Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance!
- In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American.
- My friends, you don’t need to do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves.
- In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out.
- We have a free press, independent courts, an open economy, rambunctious parliamentary debates.
- Militant Islam threatens the world.
- A nuclear-armed Iran would ignite a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It would give terrorists a nuclear umbrella. It would make the nightmare of nuclear terrorism a clear and present danger throughout the world.
To summarize Netanyahu’s words, America absolutely needs Israel and vice versa. The relationship is crucial and irreplaceable for both countries.
Netanyah acknowledged the need for peace in the Israeli-Palestine situation. The details of the peace agreement will be ironed out and America will play a role in the process, perhaps pressuring Israel to give more concessions.
In the long run, though, US-Israeli relationship stands strong – Obama's 1967 border comment doesn't represent a shift in policy. Years from now, it will just be a footnote in history books.