Reference is made to reactions to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on March 3, 2015. My issue isn’t whether or not Mr. Netanyahu should have accepted House Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. Rather I believe Mr. Netanyahu missed an opportunity to support his decision to speak by pointing to the abysmal track record of the power countries when it comes to providing security to the Jewish people.
Please recall that in July 1938 Golda Meir was refused the opportunity to address the great powers in Evian-les-Bains, France, where the plight of Jewish refugees was being considered. In June of 1939, Neville Chamberlain traveled to Munich to meet Hitler to discuss the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia as a trade for peace in Europe. However the fate of the Jews was never discussed. The Allies were fully aware of the ongoing Holocaust in Europe and made no attempt to alleviate the slaughter of millions of innocent people.
More recently the leaders of Iran have publicly announced that Israel must be eliminated as a Jewish state. The Jewish state is once again asked to trust the powers who are negotiating a treaty on nuclear proliferation with Iran and to accept negotiations on their behalf without the benefit of participating in the discussions which directly impacts Israel. This is the real issue Mr. Netanyahu should have addressed, an issue vital to the security of Israel.