Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address this week to Congress was politically controversial, but powerful. Witnessing our senators' and representatives' boisterous support for the prime minister of Israel brought tears to my eyes.
Our Jewish sisters and brothers are beleaguered in other lands. The Jewish state is discriminated against in international bodies. Israel is unfairly targeted on college campuses. We should therefore recognize and appreciate the passionate support Israel received from so many members of the most important legislative body on the planet.
Purim tells the story of a grave danger to the Jews of Persia more than 2,000 years ago. Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in Washington to warn of a current danger to Jews – and to the world – emanating from the same land. A nuclear Iran represents a threat we dare not underestimate.
Several national Jewish organizations are supporting a Senate bill, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act. While these organizations formally support the current negotiations, they are rightly wary of Iran’s reliability as a negotiating partner. This bill would demand that the United States reinstate sanctions – and add new ones – against Iran if the P5+1 negotiations fail.
The American Jewish Committee and AIPAC are urging Americans to contact their senators. Happily, Sen. Mark Kirk co-introduced the bill. Still, our elected representatives need to know that we appreciate the seriousness of this situation. Please click on www.ajc.org or www.aipac.org to send a form email to our senators in support of this important legislation.
The Jews enjoyed light and gladness, we read in the Book of Esther, when the threat of Haman was erased. By remaining vigilant and taking action, Israel and the world will avert this threat as well.
Chag Purim Sameach!
Rabbi Jeffrey Weill