Israeli Prime Minister Addresses Congress

Earlier this week, at the invitation of Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress on Israel’s relationship with the United States and the threat of Iran.  Despite displeasure from the Obama Administration and some Congressional Democrats, the Prime Minister was received with bipartisan applause on Tuesday morning.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a powerful and timely address to Members of Congress this week,” stated Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, who was able to be present in the U.S. Capitol for the speech. “I am grateful for the clear bipartisan message from Capitol Hill that the United States intends to remain Israel’s tried and true friend. Truly, such resolve is necessary in the face of continued threat from Iran and other militant actors in the Middle East.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu did not mince words regarding Iran and ongoing attempts by the United States and other nations to strike a bargain with that regime relevant to nuclear weapons proliferation.  He declared:

Don't be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn't turn Iran into a friend of America. Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam…. In this deadly game of thrones, there's no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.

Last week the National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved a Resolution praying for peace in Israel and calling on the United States to stand steadfast by this important ally. 

  • The transcript of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech is here.
  • The full text of the NRB Board Resolution is available here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: March 6, 2015

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