As the love fest between U.S. Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues unabated, the newly reelected Israeli leader is now being considered as the potential GOP nominee going into the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“It doesn’t make sense,” said Gerald Connors, a constitutional scholar and historian. “First of all, Netanyahu is not a U.S. Citizen. He wasn’t even born in the United States. Secondly, he can’t be the leader of Israel and the United States at the same time. I mean, it’s ridiculous.”
With regard to the issue of not being born in the United States, legal experts have said that in certain situations, such as with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who was born in Canada to an American mother, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was born in Panama to American parents, those individuals are considered naturally born Americans as a result of their parents being American. Netanyahu was born in Israel, and his parents were born in Eastern Europe, and therefore he is not American.
“We’ll see about that, and whether that law [of requiring U.S. presidents to be naturally born citizens] has kept up with the times,” said House Speaker John Boehner. “Just because someone was not born in America does not mean they can’t be American.” Boehner was quick to point out, however, that regardless of how the law is changed, it definitely will not apply to Hispanics.