Israeli Prime Minister
February 6, 2015
To the editor:
Inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the Congress of the United States appeared to be a brilliant, political move.
Predictably the White House has created an ugly backlash against Speaker of the House Boehner. Democrats whine that "proper protocol" was not followed. I think it just demonstrates that someone in Washington still has a set of balls.
President Obama really missed a slam-dunk on this one. They have already announced that they will not meet with Netanyahu when he comes.
Besides being battle-tested as an Israeli commando, Netanyahu was educated at M.I.T. in the United States. This is his second term as the Prime Minister of his country. His credentials as a friend to America are without question.
His country is not a great deal larger than Moffat County. It has been compared in size with the state of New Jersey. The only difference is the State of Israel is surrounded by its enemies — border control is essential to their survival. Rocket fire inside their borders can be a daily ritual.
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The point is he has the credentials to address the growing danger of terror cells, throughout the world.
It is no secret that the United States and Israel have long been referred to as the "Big Satan" and the "Little Satan" throughout the Middle East.
So, to argue about what Islam believes or does not believe is a dry hole. The fundamental dynamic that drives these terror groups is that The United States and Israel are the boogey-men. This notion came to our shores on September 11, 2001.
Israel is land-locked by enemies that want to drive them into the sea. Our nation has borders that are virtually open and unsecured. We have much to learn from one another.
As the Old Testament proclaims: "Come let us reason together."