Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has confirmed that he will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a special joint session of Congress on March 3, despite the boycott threat by some Democrats.
Wiesel has issued a statement to run in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post, sponsored by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s organization, “This World: The Values Network.” (Boteach is a Breitbart contributor.)
“As one who has seen the enemies of the Jewish people make good on threats to exterminate us, how can I remain silent?” Wiesel says in the ad. Addressing President Barack Obama, he adds: “I plead with you to put aside the politics that have obscured the critical decisions to be made. Surely it is within your power to find a solution that will permit Israel’s Prime Minister to deliver his urgent message.
“Will you join me in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America?”
Several Democrats, including some Jews, are boycotting the speech in a show of support for Obama.
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