Rep. Kelly Applauds Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

Mar 3, 2015 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, DC, and his address to a joint meeting of Congress.

“This morning I was extraordinarily privileged to listen to the impassioned words of one of the world’s most courageous leaders. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech was stirring, urgent, and powerfully reflective of the times in which our countries live. He reminded the entire world that no matter the challenges at hand, and no matter where those challenges may come from, the people of Israel can always depend on their friends in the United States of America.

“Simply put, the enemies of Israel are the enemies of democracy and they must be confronted and defeated. Today the Prime Minister spoke with impressive moral clarity about our duty to stand up to the evil of radical Islam. It was refreshing to hear a leader speak so boldly not only about the need to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions but also the resolve that must be summoned to do so. He was especially insightful and absolutely correct when he pointed out that ‘when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.’

“I thank the Prime Minister for addressing Congress and pray that his words will move our nation’s leaders to be strong, united, and relentless in our critical mission to stop a nuclear Iran and secure the survival of the Jewish state. History is all too clear about the consequences of weakness.”