DETROIT JEWISH COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO PM NETANYAHU’S SPEECH
Dr. Richard Krugel, President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, issued the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress:
“The Israeli prime minister’s speech before Congress today displayed the enduring strength of the relationship between our two countries. The numerous standing ovations were a clear indication of U.S. – Israel friendship. A key aspect of that relationship is the current partnership to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“The Iranian regime is a theocracy that exports terror, defies the international community and threatens Israel’s very existence. Any deal with Iran must require all nuclear infrastructure be dismantled amid ironclad verification protocols, and that the regime’s behavior must change to stop its aggression in the region, its worldwide terrorism, and its threats against Israel. Therefore, a better deal needs to be sought and, until then, sanctions must remain in place and tougher sanctions should be standing at the ready.
“As Prime Minister Netanyahu related, later this week the Jewish community worldwide will celebrate the holiday of Purim, when an ancient Persian ruler attempted to annihilate his Jewish population. Today’s Persia, now called the Islamic Republic of Iran, must not be allowed to threaten the Jews, Israel, its neighbors, or the world.”
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