Today Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu came to speak in front of a joint session in Congress. While it may have been of some controversy, Congressman Vela agreed to attend and with that, a guest ticket was allocated to him. Never did I think he would offer ME his guest ticket, but he did, and I was on my way to hear Prime Minister Netanyahu address Congress. The room gave a warm welcome to Netanyahu as he made his way down the center of the aisle, shaking hands of Congressmen. This man that newspapers and media have been debating about for weeks was finally here, and I was in his presence. My seat was behind the Speaker’s Chair and to the right in the gallery, so throughout the speech I only had the visual of the room’s responses to Netanyahu. His speech proved to be strong and powerful, with the whole House standing up cheering him on more times than I can count throughout the hour. He gave a great speech and I enjoyed every minute of it. Regardless of your stance on the Prime Minister’s visit, he is a powerful and important man. I am so grateful to the Congressman for allowing me a ticket to see this once in a lifetime speech.
Congressman Filemon Vela
Washington, D.C. – Spring 2015