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Dov Hikind on Controversial Netanyahu Visit: It's Just a Speech

By    |   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 06:34 PM

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, the New York state assemblyman and firebrand Israel advocate, said he is determined to put pressure on lawmakers who are planning to boycott or walk out on the speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to make before Congress.

Hikind told Newsmax TV he has already asked Congressman Jerrold Nadler if he may sit in his chair for Netanyahu's address on March 3 if Nadler, like other Democrats, chooses not to attend.

"It's not just about Nadler, it's about other members of Congress who are boycotting the prime minister of Israel. I got to tell you, I have never seen anything like this," Hikind said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"The orchestrated attempt by the White House … [in] criticizing the prime minster and undermining the prime minister.... It's a speech, for God's sake. What is going on?"

Netanyahu was invited to speak about Israel and the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks before Congress by House Speaker John Boehner. That invite roiled the White House because it was not consulted. President Barack Obama has said he will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit.

"This determination to undermine the prime minister on an issue that involves an existential threat to the people of Israel, to the state of Israel, it's real. This is not a minor detail, a minor issue. I mean what are they afraid of in the White House that the prime minster is going to do when he's in Washington? Crazy," Hikind said.

"Let me tell you, [Netanyahu's speech] is going to be the hottest ticket ever in Washington. What they have managed to do, the White House and others, is to make this speech something that no one is going to miss.

"The world will be watching and again, the prime minister is not going to Washington to attack our president. He is our president. He is going to talk about an issue that is fundamental to the survival of Israel."

He said there is great concern that Obama is "so desperate" for a nuclear arms disarmament deal with Iran that the agreement could actually result in the spread of nuclear weapons throughout the Middle East.

"Because if Iran can develop this weapon, Saudi Arabia, many other countries, Turkey, will be insistent on doing the same thing," Hikind said.

He added that anti-Semitism throughout the world does not help matters.

"It definitely doesn't contribute to better understanding and better feelings. It's definitely become incredibly divisive, there's no question about that, and there are some concerns in terms of something like this increasing anti-Semitism," he said.

"At the end of the day, it's words. Let the prime minister come. And you know what, can you imagine if the president of the United States from the very beginning would have said, 'look, I'm upset about the way it was done, fine, but you know what, I will meet the prime minister.' Imagine how we would react to that?"

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind, the New York state assemblyman and firebrand Israel advocate, said he is determined to put pressure on lawmakers who are planning to boycott or walk out on the speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to make before Congress.
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