Israeli expats call for Congressman to attend Bibi speech

February 24, 2015 15:26


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An organization representing Israeli expatriates in the United States has called on all Congressmen to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congressional speech next week.

Israeli-American Council national chairman Shawn Evenhaim said that “as Israeli-Americans who see it as our mission to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel, we believe that members of Congress need to hear the elected leader of the United States’ strongest Mideast ally about the serious challenge we face together – preventing a nuclear Iran.”

While cautioning that his group is not a partisan organization, he said that “when a prime minister of Israel accepts an invitation to address Congress, especially about this critical shared goal, we believe legislators need to hear him. Not listening is unhelpful.”

American Jews have been mixed on the issue, with the Republic Jewish Coalition and Zionist Organization of America coming out for the speech, while a former head of the Conferences of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations came out against.

J-Street ran a petition against Netanyahu’s planned address which came under fire from the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, who himself had said that Netanyahu should reconsider coming.

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