Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks in front of a poster of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin upon his arrival at the Likud party meeting at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.
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The US State Department was right to reject Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for the Iran nuclear deal to include Israel’s “right to exist.” The reality is that Israel’s right to exist is the right of the Jewish people – and does not require America, Iran or anyone else to give approval on that right. In a 1977 speech in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), Prime Minister Menachem Begin addressed this very issue, noting: “Our right to exist – have you ever heard of such a thing? Would it enter the mind of any Briton or Frenchman, Belgian or Dutchman, Hungarian or Bulgarian, Russian or American, to request for its people recognition of its right to exist?