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FULL VIDEO: PM Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

FULL VIDEO: PM Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

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We’ve provided extensive coverage of the drama surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress—and now, the day has finally arrived.

We’ll be providing tweets and commentary below the fold.

Where will Obama be while Netanyahu is speaking? Huddled in the situation room:

Obama will hold a video conference at 11:30 a.m. to discuss Ukraine and other foreign policy issues with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Donald Tusk, according to an updated schedule released this morning.

Feed goes LIVE at 11 am:

(Video troubles? You can also watch HERE, via C-SPAN.)

Background:

Obama Launches Preemptive Interview on Bibi Speech
Netanyahu wins narrative at #AIPAC2015
Congressional Choice not Bibi v. Barack – but Western Civilization v. Iranian Mullahs
Netanyahu at #AIPAC2015 (Live)
Administration Attacks on Bibi Spur Bipartisan Support for Israel

UPDATES

Heh. Shots fired. (Not that everyone wasn’t already thinking it.)

Looks like that boycott really worked out. Thanks, Dems!

In fact, let’s just rub it in:

Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t be bothered to attend. It’s shameful, but I’d rather see Hatch up there than Biden’s goofy mug:

Observation: The US Congress doesn’t just support Netanyahu—they’re proud of him. All of a sudden, the loss of 40 odd Democrats doesn’t seem so scandalous. It’s no loss.

Netanyahu just called the US Congress the most important legislative body in the world—which is exactly why he’s here, and exactly why it was so important for him to not back down on this address. As he said at AIPAC yesterday, Israel has always been a bipartisan issue; and that issue is rooted not in political games, but in the preservation of an entire nation of people. Congress has a great deal of control over the “how” of that preservation.

“If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down…” Another Persian potentate is threatening the existence of the Jewish people. Not “Israel” or “Zionism,” but the Jewish people. This is something I heard refuted time and again at the Code Pink/pro-BDS protest I attended on Sunday, and it’s something anyone who cares about the security of the Jewish people needs to flog until people truly understand what’s happening in the Middle East.

When Netanyahu speaks, we listen.

(I wonder why…)

This morning, I spoke with WIBC Indy’s Tony Katz about the problem with trusting Iran, and now Netanyahu is laying the case against Obama’s Iran deal perfectly—it both leaves Iran with a vast nuclear program, and lifts restrictions on it in about a decade. Obama is banking on Iran keeping its promises—but we all know that Iran is notorious for doing the exact opposite.

What do we want? For Iran to act like a normal country!

Netanyahu has called out and destroyed Obama’s false dichotomy; this bad deal isn’t the only thing standing in between where we are now, and outright war. We also have another option–a better deal.

This is really the crux of the issue. Everything the Obama Administration has done thus far has been done with the express intent of maintaining their power over Israel’s fate. They’ve made Israel a political, partisan issue because they know for certain that they can’t win the narrative any other way. Obama would rather push a bad deal on the world than admit that his entire world view is fundamentally and fatally flawed.

Netanyahu knows this. It’s why he’s here—not to ask for reason, but to deliver a message:

Professor Jacobson curated these tweets throughout the speech…scroll through for a “best of!”

FYI…bipartisan:

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Comments

“Militant Islam” is redundant. Islam, by definition, is militant. Bibi is being politically correct.

It’s so refreshing to see a real leader in action. It’s been so long … I’d almost forgotten.

    Skookum in reply to walls. | March 3, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Given that Clause 5, Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution is no longer operative, can we put Bibi in the White House for eight years?

How refreshing and uplifting to see Mia Love in congress.

If Tel-Aviv is nuked – no amount of USA will keep Israel from Retaliating.

    clintack in reply to MattMusson. | March 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    If someone nukes Tel Aviv, something like 42% of the population of Israel will be dead.

    M.A.D. and threatening to shoot back worked nicely for the U.S. because we had sane enemies and a large enough country that we’d still exist to shoot back after any realistic first attack.

    Israel has neither.

Bitterlyclinging | March 3, 2015 at 11:55 am

Haile Selassie at the League of Nations. Barack Obama has ordained that fate for Bibi and Israel, Obama’s co conspirators and collaborators in the media will see to it that fate comes to pass, wittingly or unwittingly.
Iran has its deadline and that deadline is the date Obama leaves office to finish development of its nukes and use them against Israel or elsewhere because Obama will not respond to Iran’s use of nuclear weapons against anyone.

“Netanyahu has left the building.”

You’ve just heard from the de facto leader of the free world.

Netanyahu knows how to play the game. I have to wonder if Obama/Kerry know they’ve been called out?

    Skookum in reply to Sanddog. | March 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    They know. It’s why they’ve been whining about the speech ever since it was announced. I turned on MSNBC after the speech, and the whining continues — after the speech is praised.

legacyrepublican | March 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

A fresh Spring breeze kist blew into the capital today from Israel.

I will take an Israel Spring any day!

Thank you Mr. Netanyahu for bringing that fresh and clear breeze. What an awesome speech!

    Bitterlyclinging in reply to legacyrepublican. | March 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Spring, you say. When his disciples asked Jesus how they would know the end was near, Jesus replied “When the buds on the fig tree begin to swell, you know that Spring is near”
    Israel came into existence in the month of May, about the time the buds on the fig tree begin to swell.

Henry Hawkins | March 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Wow. BAM. Oh, that’s gonna hurt. I’ll bet at least 100 congressional Democrats just quit supporting Obama’s Iran deal, at least in their heads and hearts, those who possess them, that is.

Meanwhile, back at the White House, Barack Obama is wearing a hole in the carpet, pacing in circles like an angry little terrier* and whining aloud about Mean Mister Netanyahu, who done just pissed all in his Kibbles ‘N Bits. Tears stream down his cheeks as he shrieks his frustrations.

“Why does HE get to make a speech everyone talks about, that everyone can’t wait to hear!”

“There, there, Bunky,” soothes Valerie Jarrett, following on his heels, patting his arm.

“It’s not fair! It’s.. it’s.. popularity inequality is what it is! Get me my pen! Now! They should love ME, not him, me, Me, ME! It’s just not fair! It’s not, it’s not, it’s not!”

At which time the light-footed and intellectually invisible Jen Psaki sneaks up behind the whining little puppy of a man, and jabs him in the neck with a needle and syringe full of sedatives.

———————-

LOL. It’s BIBI FEVER, America! Catch it today!

Humphrey's Executor | March 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Who will deliver the Iranian response?

Did I hear Bibi essentially say “thanks for sticking by us so far, and we hope you stick by us in the future too….but if not, we are going to do “it” alone”.??!!!

Sammy Finkelman | March 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Full transcript with only slight errors [e.g. plan instead of plane]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/03/full-text-netanyahus-address-to-congress/

Bitterlyclinging | March 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm

House Dems on Fox after Netanyahu talk remarks: “Go home! Return to your campaign! Get out of our country!”

georgia peach | March 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

That is exactly what he is saying.They will not abide by this deal if it is struck.That the world better put some pressure on Obama for a better deal or Israel will move on its own.Who can blame them ?
Boehner invited Bibi because this was the only way to get past the media on this vital issue.Now no one can say they didn’t know what was in this deal.Cheers.

Sammy Finkelman | March 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Important points in the speech:

“Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.”

“when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.”

“if Iran threatens to walk away from the table — and this often happens in a Persian bazaar — call their bluff. They’ll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do.”

“If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.”

    Sanddog in reply to Sammy Finkelman. | March 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    When he compared the talks to a Persian Bazaar, I nearly choked on my coffee. It’s an apt comparison and if you’ve ever actually shopped in a Souk or Bazaar, you know just how out of their depth the Obama administration is. Their lack of understanding is why they get played ever single time… even as they’re declaring victory.

9thDistrictNeighbor | March 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm

My 11 year-old son has been complaining that he doesn’t know what is going on in the world. So, we watched the speech. Now I have a freaked out 11 year old. The world is a dangerous place.

Bibi just laid waste to the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the ideology keeping Obama from stumbling over the truth. Whether its in the economic realm or the dangers confronting America, Obama uses a sympathetic media to spin fantasies that keep his follower fat, dumb and happy. The truth will set you free and Bibi just spoke it to a nation anesthetized by six years of lies and empty promises. Now let’s wait for the blow back because if there’s anything progressives won’t tolerate, it’s the antidote to the bilge they spew to seduce a gullible and naïve people who, quite frankly, want to be deceived rather than come to grips with reality.

I wonder how much credibility the democrat party continues with Jewish voters. By the reaction of the likes of Nancy Pelosi and others within the democrat party, these voters have to ask if Jew haters and anti-Semites are leading the modern democrat party.

    Valerie in reply to natdj. | March 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I watched my local synagogue refuse to support the effort in Iraq, and then “demand” action in Darfur, afterward. I concluded that there are a lot of Jews who are simply unthinking Democrats.

Henry Hawkins | March 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Bibi just drove a cement truck over Obama’s Signature Foreign Policy Achievement.

What a pleasant thing to enjoy a speech again. Clear and concise with a minimum of boilerplate, and I did not have to play ‘catch the lies’ as I must with Obama speeches. A solid case made.

I know that America stands with Israel.

That is true, but there’s a narcissistic brat in the White House.
And he wants to “fundamentally transform” that America that stands with Israel.

Great job curating all those tweets, Ms Miller and Prof Jacobson. I really enjoy the color they add.

Netanyahu delivered about what I expected. It will change nothing. Obama, the first anti – American president, is determined that Iran will become a nuclear power. Obama is providing the cover Iran needs to complete its nuclear program without outside interference.

The real question is not what Israel will do. It is what will the Saudi’s do?

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