It was thrilling for me to be in the same room as President Obama, President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu. They were all compelling speakers and each made it clear that the United States and Israel have an unbreakable bond based on mutual respect and a shared world view.
Of course, most of the talk was about Iran given the enormity of the threat it presents if it acquires nuclear weapons. I did not see much room between Israel and the US regarding the commitment to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. The consequences for Israel, and the entire world, can not be understated. I will leave it up to the diplomats and the media to parse the minutia about what was said but it was abundantly clear from all speakers that the United States and Israel will work together to a common end.
It is difficult to overestimate the existential threats Israel faces on a daily basis. The Arab spring has created uncertainty on all borders and Iranian support of Hamas and Hezbollah has emboldened these enemies that seek her destruction. I believe that every American, not just Jews, has a stake in the existence of the only democracy in the Middle East. As Netanyahu poignantly said, Israel is the only country in the Middle East that gives Arabs freedom of expression, religion and a meaningful vote. This reason alone compels me to support and advocate for Israel. To me, it is a moral imperative that we encourage everyone we know, Jews and non-Jews, to speak clearly and often on her behalf. She needs all the friends that she can get!
Robin S Kennedy