Netanyahu gives AIPAC speech

PM addresses over 16,000 attendees, speaks about tomorrow’s scheduled Congress address

Netanyahu at AIPAC conference (AP)

Netanyahu at AIPAC conference (AP)

Prime Minister Netanyahu gave his speech at the AIPAC Conference in Washington DC just a few hours ago where he spoke about the “content of his speech” to Congress scheduled tomorrow.

Jokingly, Netanyahu stated to the crowd of over 16,000, “You may not have heard, but I will speak in Congress tomorrow. Never has so much been written about a speech that hasn’t been given.”

He went on to stated that his speech is “not to show any disrespect for Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both. I deeply appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel

He stated on his speech that his speech is “not intended to inject Israel into the American partisan debate. An important reason why our alliance has grown stronger is that it has been championed by both parties, and so it must remain. Both Democratic and Republican presidents have worked together with friends from both sides of the aisle in Congress to strengthen our alliance, and working together they have provided Israel with generous assistance… Despite occasional disagreements the friendship between the US and Israel grows stronger and stronger, decade after decade, and our friendship will weather the current disagreement as well. Because we share the same dreams, because we pray, hope and aspire to that same better world.”

Netanyahu spoke of his imperative role to address a nuclear Iran, as well as the Jewish people’s strong voice in face of danger stating, “The days in which Jewish people are passive in the face of those who want to annihilate us are over… Today, we are no longer silenced, today we have a voice, and tomorrow as prime minister of the one and only Jewish state, I plan to use that voice. American leaders worry about the security of their country, Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country. I think that encapsulates the difference.”