Israeli President Shimon Peres, President Barack Obama, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben-Gurion Airport in March 2013 / Noam Moskowitz / The Israel Project
Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes his much-hyped speech to a joint session of Congress. He needn’t bother. After all, he held forth to as many U.S. lawmakers and other influential types as he needed at yesterday’s conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. The yearly AIPAC event typically receives at least half of Congress, plus White House officials, from both sides of the aisle. When I attended in 2006, Condoleezza Rice, Hilary Clinton, and Dick Cheney ascended the podium on the same weekend. John Kerry spoke to a delegation from Massachusetts, which he then represented in the Senate.
At yesterday’s conference, Netanyahu drew on a revered American, Mark Twain, for his headline-grabber: “Reports of the demise of Israeli-U.S. relations are not only premature, they’re just wrong.” It is hard to disagree.
Although Americans are a little grumbly about the congressional speech itself, where the...