Netanyahu: Israel Has Right of Defense, U.S. ‘Too Late to Save Six Million’ Jews’ In WWII
March 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)— In the wake of rising tensions between the United States and Israel, over the expansion of Jewish settlements into East Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Monday to deliver a defiant speech to the pro-Israel group AIPAC. Netanyahu strongly advocated for Israel’s right to defend itself against aggression, noting that “the Jewish state can never depend on the goodwill of even the greatest of men.” And he stood firm on Israel’s historic right to claim Jerusalem as its cultural capitol city. “Jerusalem is not a settlement,” declared Netanyahu. His strongly worded speech, comes at the same time that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seeks to extract concessions from Israel, to make progress towards a peace settlement with the Palestinians and the creation of an eventual two-state solution in the region.
Relations between the U.S. and Israel soured, when two weeks ago, on the eve of Vice President Joe Biden’s peace mission to Israel, the Jewish State announced the construction of 1,600 units of housing in the disputed area of East Jerusalem. The ill-timed announcement torpedoed the planned indirect peace talks with the Palestinians and angered and embarrassed Biden and the Obama administration. Israel later apologized for the “timing” of housing construction, but not the actual expansion into an area both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their Holy City.
During Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech, he thanked the Obama administration for its support, but made clear that Israel would do whatever is necessary to protect its state. And any two-state solution must include Jerusalem remaining part of Israel.
The Israeli Prime Minister did not apologize for the expansion of settlements in his prepared remarks to AIPAC:
“Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill helped save the world. But they were too late to save six million of my own people.The future of the Jewish state can never depend on the goodwill of even the greatest of men.Israel must always reserve the right to defend itself. Today, an unprecedented threat to humanity looms large. A radical Iranian regime armed with nuclear weapons could bring an end to the era of nuclear peace the world has enjoyed for the last 65 years.”
He renewed the Jews’ rightful claim to its homeland and the need for Israel to defend itself from slanderous attacks:
“But Israel should be judged by the same standards applied to all nations, and allegations against Israel must be grounded in fact. One allegation that is not is the attempt to describe the Jews as foreign colonialists in their own homeland, one of the great lies of modern times.”
“The connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem cannot be denied.The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 year ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital.”
Netanyahu will meet with President Obama in a closed door session on Tuesday, without cameras present.