Bennett: I won’t let Israel become a partisan political issue in the United States


“I will challenge any attempt to make America a partisan political issue in Israel and any attempt to make Israel a partisan political issue in the United States,” Bennett said during his speech at the annual event of the United States. U.S. Embassy July 4.

Bennett was only sworn in last month and his brief speech on a makeshift stage at the Embassy marked his first speech to an American audience since becoming prime minister.

His predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, has often been accused of damaging bipartisan relations with the United States, especially given his close ties to former US President Donald Trump.

During his tenure, Trump accused Jews who supported the Democratic Party of being disloyal to the Jewish people and to Israel.

Bennett clarified on Tuesday that he opposed partisan discussions regarding Israeli-American relations.

“Our policy is bipartisan. We are everyone’s friends. The friendship between our two democracies will always transcend party politics, ”Bennett said.

His words come as acrimony towards Israel has grown within the Democratic Party.

“Israelis across the political spectrum are fundamentally pro-American. We love America. We appreciate and admire what you do there, ”Bennett said.

“This is how it should be in America vis-à-vis Israel,” Bennett said.

He had warm words for US President Joe Biden, whom he is expected to meet soon in Washington.

Biden “will be an incredible partner. Biden has always proven not only his commitment to the US-Israel alliance, but his true love for the Jewish people, you cannot miss it and we appreciate it,” Bennett said.

“We will work together. We will work with the new administration to improve our friendship and our partnership, ”Bennett said.

He mentioned his close ties to the United States, especially since his parents were born and raised in San Francisco and his family had roots in the country dating back to the 1850s. They came to California during the gold rush, Bennett said.

Speaking of his father, Jim, he recalled that he was arrested by San Francisco police during a hotel sit-in to protest the location’s failure to hire African Americans.

“I have always been proud of my father who stood up for his standards,” Bennett said.

He praised the democratic nature of his new government, which he said was the most diverse in Israel’s history.

“We have eight different parties, Left and Right, Jews and Arabs,” Bennett said.

“Change is in the air and it’s shaping up to be good,” Bennett said.

He was followed on stage by House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who is in Israel this week leading a bipartisan delegation from Congress.

Meeks had strong words of support for Bennett, Israel, and American Jews.

“We will stick together with you, Prime Minister, to make sure Iran does not get what it wants,” Meeks said.

He issued the same statement about Hamas and called for the expansion of the Abrahamic Accords so that Arab nations recognize Israel’s right to exist.

The US-Israel friendship and bond is everlasting, Meeks said.

“Those who call for the demise of Israel will see that it is justice, values ​​and democracy that will survive them for a long time and we will ensure that they no longer stand in the way of a strong Jewish state,” he said. he declares.

The gray-haired politician also spoke of his personal ties to the Jewish people when he recalled that he was the first African-American to be a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“I wouldn’t be here today if my Jewish brothers and sisters weren’t standing by and working with Dr. Martin Luther King to make America a better place, to be a game-changer and say we stand up for which is fair, ”Meeks said.

“If it hadn’t been for my Jewish brothers and sisters with the thoughts and ideas and values ​​that they have, I wouldn’t be here today as a member of the House of Representatives. I owe a deep debt of gratitude and thanks to my Jewish friends here in Israel and around the world, ”he explained.

“For people of color and people of the Jewish faith, we know what it’s like to have the world against you sometimes,” Meeks said. “We know what it’s like to be oppressed and, therefore, who better to come together.”

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