Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been named by the American Enterprise Institute as the recipient of Irving Kristol Award 2015. It’s noted that he would receive the prize for his contributions to democratic leadership, his preservation of human dignity and his role in the bolstering of US-Israel relations.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of the most influential right-wing think tanks in the United States. Many of its fellows and members have held high-ranking positions in the US government, particularly in the Republican administration of George W. Bush.
As tensions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US President Barack Obama continue to undermine the seemingly-unshakable ties of the United States and Israel, the award by the American Enterprise Institute emerges as a catalyst to give the Israeli leader a boost and restore his legitimacy in the eyes of American public.
The former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq believes presenting the award to Netanyahu underlines the “irresponsibility of the blind political, economic, military and moral support” being offered to Israel by the United States.
According to Denis Halliday, the idea that Benjamin Netanyahu is the representative of a democracy and a respectable state is “absolute nonsense.”Read More »