WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama announced Samantha Power and Susan Rice as his delegation to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard suggested conference-goers boycott their speeches to snub Obama for denying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a meeting during his visit to the U.S.
Of course, attendees shouldn’t be rude. But they don’t have to attend these speeches.
Rice, Power to address AIPAC
According to Power, those questions prompted her to visit Israel for the first time over 20 years ago. Today, she said, the relationship between Israel and the United States “cannot and will not be tarnished or broken.” She dispelled the notion that the two countries were divided on Iran policy, reiterating Obama’s commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“Friendship with Israel is not a partisan matter, it is a national commitment,” she affirmed.