Therefore, I appeal to those 23 individuals
and any other undecided members of Congress to go to the joint meeting and hear
what the prime minister has to say. Let me suggest some good reasons why:
● Go because this is about determining
how best to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons and not just another
Washington test of partisan and political loyalty.
● Go because — regardless of what you think of the leaders involved or
their actions in this case — you are a strong supporter of America’s
alliance with Israel, and you don’t want it to become a partisan matter.
● Go because you know that the
Constitution gives you, as a member of Congress, the power to “regulate
commerce with foreign nations,” “define and punish . . .
offenses against the law of nations,” “declare war,” “raise and support
armies” and “provide and maintain a Navy,” and Netanyahu might say some
things that will inform your exercise of those great powers.
● Go because you know that Israel is one
of our closest and most steadfast allies and you feel a responsibility to listen
to its leader speak about developments that he believes could threaten the
safety, independence and even existence of his country, as well as that of our
closest allies in the Arab world.
● Go because you worry that it is not
just the security of Israel and the Arab nations but the security of the United
States that will be threatened if a bad agreement is made with Iran
that enables it to build nuclear weapons it could put on its increasingly
capable long-range missiles.
● Go because you are concerned about
nuclear weapons proliferation and believe that a faulty deal with Iran will not
only put it on the road to becoming a nuclear power but will also lead some of
Iran’s Arab neighbors to acquire nuclear weapons as soon as possible.
In sum, there 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 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.