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IRAN'S WAR WITH ISRAEL

Updated: May 19, 2021





TEXT - SPEECH OF ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU BEFORE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES WARNING OF THE GRAVE THREAT POSED BY THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL (JCPOA) - MARCH 3, 2015


… Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Minority — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.


I also want to acknowledge Senator, Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Harry, it’s good to see you back on your feet.


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I guess it’s true what they say, you can’t keep a good man down.

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My friends, I’m deeply humbled by the opportunity to speak for a third time before the most important legislative body in the world, the U.S. Congress.

I want to thank you all for being here today. I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy. I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.


I want to thank you, Democrats and Republicans, for your common support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade.

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I know that no matter on which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.

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The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics.

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Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American — of America’s people and of America’s presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

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We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.

Now, some of that is widely known.

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Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.


Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.


I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.


In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.


Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists.

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In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there.


And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.


But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.

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