“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122: 6
Netanyahu to Congress— the Speech that Every Member of the Obama Administration Refused to Hear
With the courage and conviction of Winston Churchill, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu came to the United States with a mission—to tell the American people the truth about Iran.
Not one member of the Obama administration was in attendance—no not one. Most of the Obama sycophants in the Democrat Party stayed away, too. It was their loss.
President Obama should have welcomed Netanyahu with open arms, but instead, Obama treated him the way he has treated him several times before—like an unwanted guest, a leper.
In his speech to AIPAC the day before, Netanyahu told us that Israel is not a partisan issue, and he doesn’t want Israel to be a partisan issue. Israel has Democratic and Republican friends, and that’s the way it should be. In contrast, President Obama did everything he could do to make Netanyahu’s visit a partisan issue. He even went so far as to urge his followers not to attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. If that’s not partisan, I don’t know what is.
At the AIPAC conference, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power stressed the United States’ unswerving support for Israel. They received polite applause, but it was nothing like the riotous cheers that Netanyahu received.
Unlike the J Street crowd, AIPAC members tend to be well-grounded in the truth. They know that despite their words to the contrary Obama and his administration officials are hell-bent on changing the status quo in the Middle East. In real terms, that translates into downplaying ties with Israel and strengthening ties with Islamist terrorist groups.
The Muslim Brotherhood is one example. They have been given high-profile positions in the Obama administration from which they have helped to shape U.S. foreign policy. In the Middle East where Arab leaders know the Muslim Brotherhood all too well, they have been placed on terrorist watch lists, but in the Obama administration, they have been treated like royalty. See “Jewish Group Shocked by US Support of Muscat International Book Fair, a ‘Hothouse of Antisemitic Hate’”, “Islamic State: Pro-Palestinians in Europe actually sleeper Islamic State cells”, and “‘Arab Joint Force’: A Vote of No Confidence in the West”.
House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress. He told the White House about his decision, but he didn’t ask for their permission. That set off a firestorm that continues to this day. Obama can’t stand the thought that someone else in Washington besides him can influence events. Well, it’s time for him to grow up and learn the truth.
Netanyahu didn’t seek a partisan divide in the U.S., but he got one anyway. Obama made sure of it. In the end, it will backfire politically on Obama and the Democratic Party, but that’s another story. See “Why Netanyahu Will Trump Obama in the Iran Nuclear Deal Showdown”.
The Israeli Prime Minister had a job to do, and he did it the way a head of state should: with humility, graciousness, courage, and conviction. Those characteristics are sorely missing in the Obama administration.
This is what Netanyahu told Congress:
- Israel is not a partisan issue.
- Historically, Americans have supported Israel—“from Truman to Obama”.
- He thanked Obama and Congress for their support.
- Israel’s survival is threatened by Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.
- Iranian leaders have said and tweeted that Israel should be annihilated.
- Iran is on an ideological mission of jihad.
- Iran is increasing its strength in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Iran supports a global terror network.
- Iran’s government is even more radical now that it was a year ago, and it’s getting worse.
- This Iranian regime will always be “an enemy of America”.
- Militant Islam is Iran’s creed and its mission.
- “The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam and nuclear weapons….We can’t let that happen.”
- The deal being negotiated (by Obama, but Netanyahu didn’t mention Obama) would all but guarantee that Iran will have nuclear weapons in a short time—and lots of them.
- Deals with Iran won’t stop their movement toward nuclear weapons.
- Iran “cannot be trusted.”
- Under the current deal, Iran can obtain nuclear weapons without violating the deal.
- Iran’s missile capacity is not part of the deal because Iran refuses to discuss it, but it’s central to Iran’s mission and to Iran’s threat to the world.
- Why would anyone make a deal with Iran under these circumstances?
- Iran is getting more belligerent and radical by the day.
- “This deal won’t change Iran for the better. It will only change the Middle East for the worse.”
- The Middle East will become a nuclear tinderbox under this deal.
- If this deal comes to fruition, a nuclear nightmare is in our future.
- This is what Iran should agree to before a deal is reached: 1) Stop aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East, 2) stop supporting terrorism around the world, and 3) stop threatening to annihilate Israel—the one and only Jewish state.
- “If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.”
- We need to insist on a better deal than the one being negotiated now.
- Don’t be afraid to call Iran’s bluff. “They need the deal a lot more than you do.” “You have the power to make them need it even more.”
- “This is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.”
- The alternative to this bad deal is not inevitable war. It’s a “much better deal.”
- No country has a greater stake in the Iran deal than Israel.
- One path leads to a nuclear Iran and war. Another path leads to a deal with which Israel can live—“literally”.
- I can only urge the leaders of the free world not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
- “The days when the Jewish people remain passive…are over.”
- “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand. But I know that Israel does not stand alone.”
- Israel refuses to succumb again and again to the horrors of history.
- Netanyahu concluded by quoting Moses: “Be strong and resolute. Never fear nor dread them.”
- This is what Moses actually said: “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for Yahweh your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
- I wish that Netanyahu had quoted the verse in its entirety.
Netanyahu didn’t lie, obfuscate, dissimilate, or waver. He stuck to the facts and let the facts speak for themselves. That’s what Obama feared most and that’s why no one from his administration attended Netanyahu’s speech. As I said, it was their loss.
I believe that Netanyahu deserves the title “Leader of the Free World”, but that’s for the people of Israel to decide in a few days.
Jeff Mason: Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt nuclear work for at least a decade—U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be “permanently destructive” to U.S. Israeli ties. But he said there was a “substantial disagreement” between his administration and the Israeli government over how to achieve their shared goal of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
SnyderTalk Comment: If you think that Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. to address Congress had no effect, consider this: at the eleventh hour, Obama made a concession to Israel and the whole world is better off for it.
Now, for the negative: a decade isn’t long enough. Iran can never possess nuclear weapons.
Obama is trying to buy time. He doesn’t want to tell the Iranians the truth because it will jeopardize his deal. The bottom line: there can be no deal unless Iran changes its ways.
At this point, Obama looks more like Neville Chamberlain than ever before and Netanyahu looks more and more like Winston Churchill.
Steven Edwards: Boost for Bibi? Widening rift with Obama could propel Netanyahu in upcoming election—Israelis are increasingly convinced President Obama is meddling in their upcoming election, and some observers predict the White House’s alleged effort to undermine Benjamin Netanyahu could indeed wind up tipping the scales – in favor of the prime minister. Former Obama campaign workers have launched campaign teams throughout Israel that experts say are indirectly funded with U.S. State Department grants – and which are solely focused on ousting the prime minister, who has a well-chronicled adversarial relationship with Obama. While there is no concrete evidence Obama is personally pulling strings to undermine Netanyahu in the March 17 vote, polls show a strong majority of Israelis believe he is. “You cannot prove a direct link,” said Danny Ayalon, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2002-2006. “But there is a dotted line. So a lot of Israelis…connect the dots.”
SnyderTalk Comment: It’s true that Netanyahu’s speeches before AIPAC and the U.S. Congress could “propel” him to reelection, but the reason isn’t the one headlined in this article.
Netanyahu is doing what has to be done.
He is telling the world about a serious problem that we all face but choose to ignore.
He is demonstrating courage, conviction, and candor—three things that Obama lacks.
He’s doing it in the United States. Under Obama, the U.S. can be considered a hostile country. Netanyahu is too much a gentleman to tell the whole truth publicly about U.S. efforts to undermine Israeli security, but if you read SnyderTalk regularly, you know the facts.
He’s doing it against the wishes of the U.S. president while the president works feverishly to destroy him politically at home using some of the dirtiest political tricks known to man.
Most important of all, he’s doing it with language that is so clear and understandable that you have to be stupid, totally ignorant, or rabidly partisan not to get it.
When Netanyahu returns to Israel, I hope he is reelected, but whether he is or not, we have been warned. Our blood will be on our hands.
Alexandra Jaffe, Jeremy Diamond and Eric Bradner: Netanyahu: Israel-US ‘friendship will weather the current disagreement’—The differences between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on display Monday when the two offered dramatically divergent takes on a nuclear deal with Iran — even as Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone during his visit to Washington. Obama told Reuters that a deal with Iran to freeze its nuclear activity for at least 10 years, with verification measures, would be “far more effective in controlling their nuclear program than any military action we could take, any military action Israel could take and far more effective than sanctions will be.” He also said Netanyahu has been wrong before — pointing to the 2013 interim deal with Iran. “Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting $50 billion worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true,” Obama said. “It has turned out that in fact, during this period we’ve seen Iran not advance its program. In many ways, it’s rolled back elements of its program.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Netanyahu is absolutely right because the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is not dependent on the man or woman who occupies the Oval Office for a few years.
Although the U.S. is not a “Christian nation”, the number of Christians in the U.S. is large, and they vote.
Are Christians the majority? I don’t know for sure, but they don’t have to be to sway political thinking.
At the margin, Christian support is crucial. That’s why obvious non-Christians like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton cater to Christian voters. I call them wolves in sheep’s clothing, but that’s another story.
Christian faith transcends race and gender and national origin because it is an essential part of almost every voting bloc in America. Thankfully, Prime Minister Netanyahu knows that.
Ben Weingarten: Obama Makes the Worst Trade in U.S. History: Israel for Iran— On the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, a despicable and disastrous betrayal has become clear: President Barack Obama has traded Israel for Iran. In the annals of the history of American foreign policy filled with pages of willful blindness, amorality and often State Department-led folly, there are few things more substantively and symbolically egregious than this fundamental transformation. Consider the two nations of which we are speaking: One is the largest state sponsor of terror in the world, run by genocidal jihadist theocrats who in their Twelver Shiite theology seek to bring on the apocalypse by destroying the cradle of world civilization. The other is a bastion of liberty, plurality, dynamism, creativity and innovation, despite being surrounded by myriad hostile regimes. In a sane world, it would be unthinkable, unconscionable, and un-American for us to turn on the state of Israel – the front line of Western civilization against barbarians who seek to take us, and who are fast taking themselves, back to the seventh century.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian: It’s now or never for nuclear deal with Iran— As Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, prepared to criticise President Obama’s nuclear talks with Iran in a controversial address to Congress yesterday, those talks have been making unprecedented progress. It is realistic that an agreement will be reached by the end of March deadline: Iran has been willing to accept restrictions on its nuclear programme which ensure that it is verifiably transparent and which cut off all potential pathways to developing a nuclear weapon. If, however, political pressure, whether from Israel or Congress, leads to a failure to reach any kind of nuclear agreement by the end of March, then negotiators will be faced with five options. The first would be for another renewal of the interim deal signed in Geneva in 2013, which has already been renewed twice. This is unlikely to be accepted, especially by Iran, as renewal would keep the substantive sanctions in place while freezing the development of Iran’s nuclear programme and hurting President Hassan Rouhani’s ability to deliver on his promises of economic improvement.
SnyderTalk Comment: We have an Iran problem. We won’t solve it by allowing the Iranians to develop nuclear weapons that they can use to attack their neighbors. Besides, allowing Iran to develop nukes will launch a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that will have far-reaching consequences.
AP: Benjamin Netanyahu praises US alliance, still blasts Obama over Iran—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that his controversial plans to address Congress are not aimed at disrespecting U.S. President Barack Obama, even as he blasted the U.S. leader’s bid for a nuclear deal with Iran as a threat to Israel’s survival. “I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there is still time to avert them,” Netanyahu said during an address to pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington. As Netanyahu spoke, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was opening a new round of talks with Iran aimed at reaching a framework nuclear deal ahead of a late-March deadline.
SnyderTalk Comment: “Blasted” is hardly the right word to use in this instance. Netanyahu simply told the truth. I’m reminded of something that President Harry Truman said when asked why people called him “give ‘em hell Harry”: “I just tell them the truth about them and they think it’s Hell.”
Edward Alexander: John Kerry: A Cossack in a Sukkeh—John Kerry generally enters into diplomacy concerning Israel like a bull in a china shop; or, shall we say, like a Cossack in a sukkeh. (That is a simile that would have been familiar to Kerry’s Yiddish-speaking paternal grandparents, originally named Kohn.) It therefore came as no surprise when, in a nearly apopleptic outburst to a congressional committee on February 25, he assailed Benjamin Netanyahu for having the temerity to accept an invitation from the U. S. Congress to warn of the imminent danger of allowing Iran to acquire the capacity to develop and the ability to “deliver” nuclear weapons, including Special Delivery to Israel. Kerry alleged that Netanyahu (“the prime minister”) had already shown extremely bad judgment about the Middle East back in 2002 when “the prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq.” “And,” he snidely added, “you remember how that turned out.” Whether that invasion was wise or foolish, Kerry himself had made exactly the same judgment about it on October 11, 2002 when he voted (as he had also speechified) in favor of the invasion. “Bibi” did indeed in 2002 recommend “taking out” Saddam Hussein, though whether he did it in “forward-leaning” position I couldn’t say. Of course Ariel Sharon was PM at that time, and Bibi had testified, publicly, as a private citizen. But one does not expect fine distinctions from people like Kerry, who first came to prominence in 1971 by accusing the entire American chain of military command of being “war criminals.”
Nancy A. Youssef: Iraq’s Attack Against ISIS Catches U.S. ‘By Surprise’—The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekend—a move that caught the U.S. “by surprise,” in the words of one American government official. The U.S.-led coalition forces that have conducted seven months of airstrikes on Iraq’s behalf did not participate in the attack, defense officials told The Daily Beast, and the American military has no plans to chip in. Instead, embedded Iranian advisors and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are taking part in the offensive on the largely Sunni town, raising the prospect that the fight to beat back ISIS could become a sectarian war.
Jessica Mendoza: Why is ISIS threatening Twitter employees with ‘lions’?— The Islamic State is not happy with Twitter. On Sunday, supporters of the extremist militant group called for the death of company employees in response to Twitter’s blocking of social media accounts associated with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, Buzzfeed reported. “Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you,” read a post on the media-sharing site JustPaste.it. “We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back,” the post continued. “But when our lions come and take your breath, you will never come back to life.” The post, written in Arabic and addressed to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, featured an image of Mr. Dorsey with crosshairs over his face.
Globe Editorial: The USSR was an evil system. Putin’s Russia is an evil non-system—Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, was all too prompt to assert that the killing of the prominent opposition figutre Boris Nemtsov last Friday was “100 per cent a provocation.” This willful leap to a conclusion undermined any faint hope that the Russian government would allow or enable a thorough, scrupulous investigation of Mr. Nemtsov’s death. Mr. Nemtsov was ready, willing and able to say what he thought. He was a provocative figure, forthright in saying that Mr. Putin was a mafia boss who was lying about Russia’s role and motives in the Ukrainian conflict. He was working on a document to prove the depth of Moscow’s involvement. It will likely never be known whether Mr. Putin demanded, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome dissident?” as did King Henry II regarding Thomas Becket.
Agence France-Presse: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riyadh as Saudi Seeks ‘Sunni Unity’— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Monday in Riyadh for a visit at the king’s invitation in what is seen as a Saudi bid to unify Sunnis against Iran and jihadists. Erdogan’s meeting with King Salman comes a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks with the monarch, and precedes a visit by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif later this week. The Turkish and Saudi leaders discussed “means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, issues of common interest” and external developments, said the official Saudi Press Agency. Top officials from neighbouring nations Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have already visited Salman since mid-February, and other Arab heads of state will follow, said Nawaf Obaid, a visiting fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University in the United States.
SnyderTalk Comment: Someone needs to tell Mehmet Görmez, Head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate. He says that there is only one Islam. Obviously, Erdoğan didn’t get the memo.
SnyderTalk Comment: Hogwash. Netanyahu got no information from the Obama administration, so he betrayed no confidence. That’s something that I can’t say for Obama.
SnyderTalk Comment: Connect the dots.
SnyderTalk Comment: This is the height of absurdity and stupidity. That doesn’t mean global warming alarmists won’t buy it hook, line, and sinker.
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Exodus 1: 1-7
1 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; they came each one with his household: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the persons who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy in number, but Joseph was already in Egypt. 6 Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7 But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.
SnyderTalk Comment: Read His Name is Yahweh.
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
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