Six Reasons to Listen to Netanyahu

February 25, 2015 | Joseph Lieberman
About the author: Joseph Lieberman, United States Senator from Connecticut 1989-2013, and Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000, is senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson & Torres and chairman of United Against Nuclear Iran.

Addressing members of Congress who have announced they will not attend Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech next week, and any who are still undecided, former senator Joseph Lieberman offers “some good reasons” for hearing what the Israeli prime minister has to say. Ultimately, Lieberman writes, it comes down to this:

[T]here is too much on the line in the negotiations with Iran for members of Congress to decide not to listen to what Netanyahu, or any other ally, has to say on this subject. Just as British prime minister David Cameron deserved respectful attention when he called individual members of Congress recently to ask them to delay adopting more sanctions on Iran, and the foreign ministers of Germany, France, and Britain deserved respectful reading when they made the same appeal to Congress in an op-ed in the Washington Post, so too does the prime minister of Israel deserve to be listened to respectfully by members of Congress when he speaks next week.

At this very unstable moment in history, we cannot and must not avert our attention from what remains the greatest threat to the security of America and the world.

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