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David Rubin: Sparks Flying in Israel Over Netanyahu Speech

By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:19 PM

Israelis are as divided as Americans over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the Congress, according to David Rubin, the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, who appeared Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"Political sparks are certainly flying fast and furious right now," he said. "The darts are being aimed at the prime minister from all directions, but mostly from the left and as you have elections coming up on March 17, I wouldn't expect otherwise."

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"But I would have hoped that those on the left of the political spectrum would have at least understood that, when the prime minister is representing Israel in Congress ... they should at least show their respect. I haven't seen any respect from the so-called Zionist camp of Herzog and Livni. It's kind of sad."

Isaac Herzog, a member of Israel's left wing and Netanyahu's primary opponent, should partner with Netanyahu for the security of the Jewish state, Rubin, author of "Sparks From Zion," said. Tzipi Livni is another Netanyahu opponent and, with Herzog, a leader in the Zionist Union party.

"He [Herzog] said just a few days ago that he basically agrees with Netanyahu on the Iran issue. So, if he really agrees with Netanyahu on the Iran issue, well, he should be standing with the prime minister in getting across the message to Congress that this deal … that is about to be signed between Obama and other Western powers opposite Iran is a dangerous, dangerous deal for Israel," said Rubin.

"It is a deal that enables the Iranians to continue enriching uranium, which can only be used for military means. If they had a clause in this agreement that said that they would not be allowed to enrich uranium, period, then most Israelis would be in favor."

Netanyahu's top advisers extended an invitation to Herzog and leaders of the other parties to join the prime minister and "stand" with him during his address to Congress, but "petty politics" have taken precedence, Rubin said.

"It's just petty politics, and I'm sorry to see that petty politics both on the American side of the ocean and the Israeli side of the ocean are distracting people from the real message," he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry's decision to be in Geneva negotiating with Iran rather than come to Washington to hear Netanyahu's address "speaks volumes" about the Obama administration's focus, according to Rubin.

"The Obama administration, rather than really listening to what the prime minister of Israel knows about the Iranian program  — and what the Israeli prime minister is warning all of Western civilization about — John Kerry is running off to speak to the Iranians to continue to close this bad deal before Congress can do anything about it," he said.

"That is the real concern coming out of the White House," Rubin added. "They are concerned that Benjamin Netanyahu actually has the potential, if he gives a powerful speech before Congress and really gives some important information about this deal, that ... [he] could torpedo the whole deal.

"Frankly, that is what needs to happen because this is a dangerous deal. It's a very, very dangerous deal not just for Israel, but for the United States as well.

"Do you understand why the Iranians are building intercontinental missiles? Not to attack Israel, they could attack Israel already with what they have at the moment, but they want intercontinental missiles to attack the United States."

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