Schostak: We don’t boycott our allies
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to give his third address to a joint session of Congress.
Unfortunately, some members of Congress are planning to boycott the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech.
We don’t boycott our allies.
We walk out on radical extremists as we did when Iran’s Ahmadinejad, a holocaust denier, called for Israel’s destruction during his address at the United Nations. Congress has an obligation to hear from our ally regarding the lethal threat a nuclear Iran would pose to Israel and other free nations of the world.
A boycott by members of Congress, as some Democrat members are considering, would send a terrible message across the world and threaten to undermine the special bond that the United States and Israel have enjoyed since its birth as a nation.
Democrats and Republicans have an opportunity to show Prime Minister Netanyahu the respect he deserves and their unyielding support for Israel.
Supporting Israel has always been a bipartisan issue, but the talk of boycotting Israel’s prime minister puts this bipartisan support at risk.
The world needs a wake-up call to the dangers of a nuclear Iran. Netanyahu is offering the United States and the world a bold perspective by addressing this critical issue; members of Congress need to demonstrate leadership by listening to the prime minister’s perspective.
We should respect Netanyahu and appreciate his willingness to engage our elected officials on this life or death matter.
Congress should seek alternative perspectives from the president, our democracy encourages them to do so, but the idea that some members of Congress will boycott this address is beyond disrespectful, it is reckless when considering all Americans — Christians, Jews and Muslims alike — wake up every morning threatened by radical extremists who wish to do us harm.
We should send a strong message to Democratic members of Congress: Set partisan politics aside. Democrats should end their talk of a boycott and welcome the prime minister of one of our closest allies with the respect he deserves. The prime minister’s message is essential to a stable Middle East.
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. History has taught us that unbreakable bonds are forged when our elected leaders listened to our allies, regardless of political circumstances.
Bobby Schostak is a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s board of directors and former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.