Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Conference of Presidents of Major U.S. Jewish Organizations on Monday that it was his “sacred duty” to speak before Congress on March 3.
His speech, he said, would be an attempt to prevent the further nuclear empowerment of Iran, a boost he added that would unquestionably endanger Israel.
Netanyahu’s upcoming Capitol Hill invitation to speak came from the Congress, not from President Barack Obama. There is a fear that many elected officials will or won’t attend based on partisan lines.
Rabbi Moshe Stavsky, spiritual leader of Bais Medrash of Bergenfield, noted that the PM’s speech occurs on the eve of Taanis (Fast of) Esther, the 13th of Adar. It was a time that the Jewish people of Persia were in grave danger. Queen Esther’s courage and her actions saved her people. Rabbi Stavsky said BeCounted4Israel has prepared a flyer with the names of our elected officials to contact, so that we can urge them to attend the Israeli leader’s speech. Email [email protected] for a copy of that flyer.
“Who can help but recognize the similarities,” wrote Rabbi Stavsky on the timing of the PM’s speech. “This is a time for action, a time to be heard.”
We couldn’t agree more.