by Yoram Ettinger
President Obama and his advisors pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to avoid intensive contacts with Congress. They claim that such contacts would undermine the Presidency, and would therefore damage US-Israel relations. However, refraining from such contacts would demote Congress into a "Supporting Actor", and thus would be an insult to the American People, to its representatives on Capitol Hill and to the
In 1992, I was told by then Majority Leader, Senator George Mitchell: "Doesn't
Recent Israeli governments have underestimated the power of Congress, as a result of the highlighted global profile of the President. Still, a
In 1891, six years before the First World Zionist Congress, in defiance of the US Department of State, 400
The enhancement of Israel's critical interests and the demonstration of respect towards the US democracy, behoove Israel's Prime Minister to cultivate ties with Congress - the most authentic representation of the US public, equal in power to the President, a bastion of support for closer US-Israel ties, which appreciates the unique covenant binding the US and the Jewish State: Democracy, shared Judeo-Christian values, mutual regional and global threats and joint strategic interests.
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