Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed that support for Israel comes from both “Democrats and Republicans” during a satellite message to AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington. That’s the way it’s always been and the way it should be,” he said.
Yesterday, “President Trump made history agai by recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights”, Netanyahu said at the pro-Israel lobby conference.
“The Golan is part of Israel and Israel will never give it up,” the prime minister said.
Netanyahu recalled his speech to the U.S. Congress in 2015 against the nuclear agreement with Iran. Trump abandoned the agreement and restored sanctions against the “genocidal” regime, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved its embassy there, stressed the prime minister.
Netanyahu pointed out that those who want to separate the United States and Israel “will fail”.
“We should never take anything for granted. Those who seek to disparage this great organization, AIPAC … must be confronted,” Netanyahu said, in an apparent allusion to U.S. Congresswoman Ilan Omar.
“Despite what they say, they don’t just criticize Israeli policies,” Netanyahu muttered, “God, I’m used to that.
These whippers “throw poison at the Jewish people and accuse the Jews of being disloyal and too influential”, he said.
The best way to respond is to “stand up to them,” Netanyahu said.
“So I have a message for all anti-Semites,” he said, referring to Iranians, Hezbollah, certain British and American politicians – without naming them – the neo-Nazis of Charlottesville and the Pittsburgh assassin, among them.
“The Jewish people do not go under. We rise, we fight, and we triumph”.
Netanyahu also referred to criticisms for his recent rhetoric toward Israel’s Arabs and the Nation-State Act, which was passed last July.
In Israel, “no one is a second-class citizen. All citizens of Israel are first-class citizens,” Netanyahu said,
“Israel will always be a democracy, just as Israel will always be a Jewish State. Israel is the home of all Jews,” the prime minister emphasized.