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Danny Danon: Dems and GOP Will Rally for Bibi's Visit

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 02:48 PM

A top Israeli official says he believes most Democrat and Republican lawmakers will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress — despite the White House's claim it will be "destructive" to U.S.-Israel relations.

"You will be surprised. You will see Democrats and Republicans coming and listening to the prime minister because they want to know what is really going on with the negotiations with Iran," Danny Danon said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"I don't think that the congressmen are informed enough and know exactly what's happening today with the negotiations."

Netanyahu is expected to speak on Capitol Hill on March 3 on the peril Israel faces from Iran, whose leaders have been in negotiations with the United States to establish a nuclear disarmament program.

The invitation to Netanyahu was made by House Speaker John Boehner without input from the White House, a political feather-ruffling that led to President Barack Obama to say he would not meet with the Israeli leader during the visit.

The White House turned up the heat further on Tuesday when National Security Advisor Susan Rice told PBS' Charlie Rose that the consequence of Netanyahu's acceptance "two weeks in advance of his election, is that on both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship … It's always been bipartisan. We need to keep it that way … When it becomes injected or infused with politics, that's a problem."

Danon, a Likud party member of the Knesset and former deputy minister of defense for Netanyahu, doesn't agree.

"There are some people in the administration … [who] would like for us to ignore what is happening today with Iran — but we cannot ignore it," he said.

"Maybe some people in the administration are willing to accept the reality that Iran would be militarily capable of developing the nuclear bomb … We would not allow it.

"We are angry about it and the prime minister must say to the American public as well that it's a threat … maybe not now, but in 10 years, they will achieve the capability. Iran should not be capable to develop the bomb."

Danon defended Netanyahu's decision to turn down a request to meet privately with Senate Democrats.

"The prime minister came to speak to the House together in a joint session," he said.

"We know there are friends supporting Israel from the Democrats and the Republicans and we admire that. That's why the prime minister should not meet with only senators or congressmen from one party."

Meanwhile, because of the tensions between Netanyahu and Obama, Danon believes relations between the United States and Israel have grown shaky.

"I can tell you that the direction they're going is bad … It's a matter of days until we know exactly what it is being negotiated and the direction that the U.S. is accepting [is] the fact that Iran will be militarily capable to develop the bomb," he said.

"It's unacceptable for us. Also, the fact that they're talking about a timeline of delaying the process. We are here to stay in God's will, but I don't think we should allow Iran to become nuclear not today, [or in] five or 10 years."

Danon said a report that there is a new, secret nuclear plant inside Iran is alarming.

"We know that's the direction they're going. Maybe with negotiating you think they're speaking very nicely, have excellent English and are very impressive — but we see them in the Middle East supporting terrorist organizations," he said.

"We have a lot of reasons to be afraid of the direction they're heading."

Danon said the upcoming election will be a squeaker.

"It's very close according to the polls … I hope the Israeli public will allow the Likud party to continue to lead the nation, but it is an open race," he said.

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