Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference this morning that he intends to raise three issues with President Obama on his visit later this month: Iran’s nuclear program, instability in Syria, and the “need to find a responsible way to advance the peace with the Palestinians.”
On the last, he cautioned “a peace you cannot defend will not hold for five minutes.”
Netanyahu couldn’t be in Washington for AIPAC this year as he’s embroiled in the “fun” of forging a governing coalition after January elections.
“Don’t adopt Israel’s system of government,” he advised Americans, noting the difficulty of trying to build consensus among nine parties instead of two.
“I look forward to express our appreciation for what he has done for Israel,” he said of Obama’s visit.
On Islamic Republic, he reiterated that “we cannot allow Iran to cross that red line.”
“The Jewish people know the cost of being defenseless against those that would exterminate us,” he said. “We will never let that happen again.”
On Syria, he warned again of the danger of the Assad regime’s stockpile of chemical and anti-aircraft weapons falling into the wrong hands. “They’re like a pack of hyenas feeding off a carcass and the carcass isn’t even dead yet,” he said of terror groups hoping to exploit the situation.
And on the peace process, which Obama has deemed a failure of his first term, “Israel is prepared for a meaningful compromise but as Israel’s prime minister I will never comprise on our security.”
“I know Obama hereto fully appreciates Israel’s need to defend itself,” Netanyahu said.