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Netanyahu: “The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies are over.”

Netanyahu: “The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies are over.”

Israeli PM hits back against concessions to a nuclear Iran

Earlier today we provided full coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to Congress, and watched the country react as the man many are now calling the de facto leader of the free world completely and utterly devastated President Obama’s plans to strike a nuclear deal with Iran.

During the speech, I noted that once things got rolling, the loss of the boycotting Democrats was barely noticed. What was noticed was how proud the membership in the chamber was of Netanyahu, and his resolve in the face of not just enemies in the Middle East, but also opposition from the US, historically one of Israel’s closest allies.

After the speech, Obama…he didn’t give a statement. He pitched a fit:

Later, at the White House, Obama took issue with Netanyahu’s comments as well as the invitation that led to his speech.

“On the core issue, which is how do we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which would make it far more dangerous and would give it scope for even greater action in the region, the prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives,” he said.

Asked before a meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter about Netanyahu speaking before Congress, Obama said the U.S. has a system of government where “foreign policy runs through the executive branch and the president, not through other channels.”

Obama’s response was bad. Pelosi’s was almost worse:

“That is why, as one who values the U.S. – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.

“Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries. We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons is the bedrock of our foreign policy and national security. As President Obama has said consistently, all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Of course, Chris Matthews had a complete tinfoil hat-level meltdown:

The most interesting thing about these reactions, and others I’ve seen floating around, is that they all focus on the snub, or the tone, or how we all should be feeling about Boehner’s invitation. (Matthews’ critique is completely off the rails, but at least it’s tangentially related to the foreign policy split.)

In contrast, Netanyahu’s message was not one of politics, but one of survival.

Do we really need to say anything else? The Democrats can boycott and whine, and construct false narratives about hijacking policy until they go hoarse, but it doesn’t change the fact that Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu are and always will be on two completely different levels.

In his speech, Netanyahu said that “[e]ven if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

Will “if” become “when?” The fact that we as Americans even have to ask that of our President tells you all you need to know.

Miss the speech? Watch a replay here:

Full transcript here.


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great unknown | March 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Have to agree with Pelosi. Listening to Netanyahu, and then reflecting on how small he makes Obama look…it is indeed an insult to the intelligence of the United States that they voted for this guy twice.

The presentation of a Churchill bust to Bibi … a stroke of genius.

Wonder what the Vegas odds would be on a chess match between Bibi and Obobo.

    Callipygian1 in reply to Anchovy. | March 3, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Checkmate in 4 moves… odds: 1/5

    Paul in reply to Anchovy. | March 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Bibi would be working on his second victory martini and Barry would still be looking for his checkers.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Paul. | March 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      LOL “Obama still looking for Checkers!” LOL

      Here Checkers, here Checkers, here boy! Good dogie, come to Barry!

I watched the entire speech. It was a joy to list to a brilliantly crafted speech that was even more brilliantly delivered. There were some great lines including the one about ISIS and Iran: “The enemy of your enemy is still your enemy.”

I also loved the Mark Anthony approach at the beginning of the speech. Brutus best be on his guard!

We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal

I’ll bet the folks at Munich thought that as well.

It is a capital mistake to believe that making (poor) agreements with tyrants grants oneself the ability to influence them.

All I could think of and feel about Netanyahu during his speech was: This is what a leader looks and sounds like. But then, he has “seen the elephant!” A rather remarkable contrast to the Putter in Chief, given the closest he has been to “seeing the elephant” was on some golf course ducking an errant shot whilst hugging a tree. I checked it out: Israel welcomes non-Jews. 🙂 🙂

Barack Obama is now more determined to undermine Netanyahu’s position than ever!

Callipygian1 | March 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Benjamin Netanyahu is a great man. Israel needs him, and the rest of the free world needs him too.

There appears to be a crack (not Pelosi)in Barry’s plan…and it took the leader of another nation to expose it.

I wonder if Tingles would be a PO’d if Bush were still in the Oval Office?!

“Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries.”

(In Rag’s BEST Rev. Wright baptist buzz) “Naw, naw, naw, Crazy Nanny!”

You weren’t on “the verge of tears” and mad as a little wet INSANE hen because Bibi was AGREEING with you or Barracula. See, that doesn’t even hold up to a moment’s rational scrutiny. How could that “insult you”?

Naw. HERE’s the truth; you MAY mouth those same words. But…like your oath of office…they are just phonics strung together, meaning absolutely NOTHING in reality.

And YOU had to listen to someone who speaks from their heart, and means it from his soul.

And THAT is what drove you MORE bonkers. Nice contrast!

Limbaugh made a good point today. Before the speech, the Obama Administration kids warned Bibi not to release any “new” information. Then, after the speech, Pres. Momjeans says that there was “nothing new” in the PM’s remarks.

Juba Doobai! | March 3, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Netanyahu gets it. Regrettably, many American Jews don’t.

The Sad Sacks of the world are out in force pushing the “Obama says nothing new or useful” meme-oroid about the speech. Alternative meme-oroid also being played: “politics written all over it”.

I was a great, great speech. It makes me cry to see the reception such REAL words have in the quarters of the never responsible yet always due extra privileges, and those quarters are the quarters of power today.

Exasperated | March 4, 2015 at 6:28 am

The speech was good, although, it didn’t resonate like a Churchill speech. I don’t think the entire episode would have made that much of a ripple, if the administration hadn’t trotted out their conga line of hysterical hags and haters for weeks.
You know, we all think we are the center of the universe; it is the human default position. But sometimes, it is not about you, me, us, or the USA. Maybe Bibi was playing a longer game here and that is why he subjected himself to such abuse, in order to get the world’s attention for a few minutes. Maybe….the exposure of vile abuse…. was the point. Maybe he used the bizarre malevolence of the administration and MSM to make a larger point to worldwide Jewry and his own citizens, and it is that the USA doesn’t have your back.

Watching the speech made me want to yell at American Jews – “Wake up! Your people are facing nuclear annihillation and you choose to sleepwalk behind the Obama parade!”

I didn’t get the complete speech so don’t know if the following was brought up.
It should be of extreme importance for the West to realise that Iran in the current situation could bottle up the Suez canal by blocking entrance/exit to/from the Red Sea.
It has a funtioning military base in Eritrea and contols Yemen in the form of its second “foreign legion” the Al-Houthis group. Hezbollah is its first.
from which it supports the group which basically took over Yemen.
” According to Dr. Abdallah, Iran’s Republican Guard are training the Yemeni-Shiite armed rebel group Al-Houthis in three of the rented Islands. The trained militia are then transferred from the Eritrean islands to Saada via the port of Medi. ”
Now with conventional weapons the West can keep commerce funtioning and oil flowing, but imagine the nightmare if Iran has nuclear weapons as its big stick.
How will the Europeans, the States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel react to that?

    Vascaino in reply to Vascaino. | March 4, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I should have added that being able to blackmail the world on that basis Iran leaves its regional role to become a world power.

Carol Herman | March 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

And then at the end Netanyahu pointed to the portrait above the door leading into the room. “Moses,” he said. And, then he spoke (in Hebrew) the words Moses used to direct his people into the Promised Land.

Gremlin1974 | March 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm

“The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies are over.”


“[e]ven if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

These two statements are the ones that folks need to pay the most attention to, because he and Israel mean it. They are not afraid to take unilateral action and they have proven it time and time again.

Frankly I think it is long past time for Israel to unleash the Mossad.