Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and American Jewish philanthropist Roger Hertog during Thursday’s Herman Kahn Award dinner in Manhattan. (Hudson Institute) (Hudson Institute)
Netanyahu and Roger Hertog

There is “no alternative” to Israel’s alliance with the US. “It’s irreplaceable,” Netanyahu stated.

By: Barney Breen-Portnoy, The Algemeiner

The level of support for the Palestinians among Americans is “flat like an EKG of a dead person” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Manhattan gathering on Thursday evening.

At the same time, Netanyahu said, US public support for Israel is going “up, up and up, even — and this may come as a shock to you — during my tenure.”

“This is the source of this tremendous alliance — the identification of the American people with Israel,” the prime minister stated.

“We have flourishing relations with many countries around the world and those relationships are based on shared interests,” Netanyahu said. “With the United States, we certainly have shared interests…but it’s the only alliance we have, except for maybe one or two others, that is based on shared values.”

Netanyahu emphasized that there was “no alternative” to Israel’s alliance with the US. “It’s irreplaceable,” he declared.

The closeness of the alliance, Netanyahu said, was manifested in the new 10-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) on US military aid to Israel that was recently signed. The prime minister expressed “deep appreciation” to President Barack Obama for the MOU.

The US-Israel relationship was one of many subjects Netanyahu discussed during a dinner dialogue at the Plaza Hotel with philanthropist Roger Hertog. At the event, hosted by the Hudson Institute think tank, Netanyahu was honored with the 2016 Herman Kahn Award.

Earlier on Thursday, the Israeli prime minister addressed the United Nations General Assembly.