Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Netanyahu's American Speech Should Open Eyes and Shut Mouths

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday to the American Congress did reveal one very important thing about politics in the United States - it showed that politicians are willing to politicize just about anything and everything.

The Prime Minister of Israel gave a rousing, insightful and clear headed speech about why the current round of U.S. negotiations with Iran over their nuclear ambitions is not only a bad idea being led by a very bad plan but it is one in which the only nation on the planet that will benefit from it will be Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu convincingly spelled out what should be so apparent to not only the members of the House and Senate but also President Obama, the State Department and his team of negotiators ... Iran has a long and consistent track record of breaking the rules and ignoring any agreements when it comes to their nuclear ambition.

What I found equally interesting was how certain members from the Senate and House who are members of the Democratic party were so deliberate in their attempt at shooting down the Israeli leader. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who was among the packed room who gleefully applauded Mr. Netanyahu and then turned her back on him, refusing to even make eye contact once his speech was over. Her hatred for the illumination that came from his speech was so deep that she told anyone willing to listen that she felt the speech was “insulting to the intelligence of the United States.” I’m not quite sure what she meant by that, but then when it comes to Ms. Pelosi it’s never quite clear what she means by anything that slithers out of her forked tongue. I assume she meant that Netanyahu thinks the intelligence he receives about Iran from Mossad is more reliable than what President Obama gets from the C.I.A. Well, I got news for Pelosi, Israeli intelligence is several heads taller than what comes out of Langley, particularly where the Middle East is involved.

The liberal press has been attacking Netanyahu since it was first announced several months ago that he was invited by the Speaker of the House John Boehner to speak to the joint session of Congress. Politico believes Netanyahu has some kind of agenda or big plan by coming to the U.S. to make his case directly to the people and their elected representatives. If that was his plan can anyone fault him for it? He certainly hasn’t been getting the kind of warm reception from Obama and most Democrats, at least not publicly. Mr. Netanyahu tried to quell the rumors of a growing rift between he and Mr. Obama reminding those in attendance that while it is important that a public appearance of solidarity is important it is what happens privately and in secret between the two leaders that binds Israel and the United States together as strong allies. This may be true but Obama and his team certainly have gone out of their way to make it look like the space between the two men is getting wider every day.

If one were to believe the headline from The Huffington Post right after the speech the reader would have been misled into thinking the day didn’t go well for the Prime Minister on Capitol Hill today. There blazing headline in 6-inch letters proclaimed “BUPKIS” with a picture of Netanyahu giving his speech just below it. Bupkis is a Yiddish word that means - nothing at all. Huffington would have us believe that the Prime Minister’s speech of 45-minutes in length, that was interrupted 43 times with thunderous applause and standing ovations was nothing more that hyperbole. That may carry weight with brainless liberals willing to let the likes of Arianna Huffington, Ali Watkins, Akbar Shahid Ahmed or Daniel Kurtzer do their thinking for them. They may really believe deep down in that damp, dark, cold place they call a soul that Netanyahu changed nothing by coming here and giving a speech that did call into question the wisdom of the U.S. policy to sit down with the thugs in Iran and basically give them everything they desire with no real accountability, and a plan that Iran will totally disregard anyway - remember, they have a long and dependable track record for doing just that.

It is true that the current talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and the leadership in Iran will likely go on unimpeded by the Prime Minister’s speech today. But what the folks on the left don’t realize is that Netanyahu has now come public and shed light into that darkness and has shown these negotiations for what they really are - a bad plan leading down a bad road that ends with a nuclear Iran. Mr. Obama and his trailed out band of mouthpieces will not be able to shower the American public with lies about the success of the plan. Oh, the plan will succeed in getting accomplished, make no mistake about that, but that same plan has been exposed for the lie it is and it took a statesman from another country to make it legible to the American public. That should have been the job of the U.S. President, but since he is either incapable of knowing a bad plan when he sees it or is culpable in its creation there will be no honest discourse coming from him or out of his White House.

I don’t believe Mr. Netanyahu came to the United States with any delusion that his speech would alter Mr. Obama’s current direction in negotiations with Iran. He is a lot smarter than that. He came not with a plan to be divisive but to shed light on a really bad course of action on the part of this administration’s approach to Iran. Since the American people are not going to hear the truth from the one person they should be getting it from, the Israeli Prime Minister took it upon himself to be that harbinger of light. To make clear his true intent he reminded those gathered in the Congressional chamber, those watching and those in the administration that Israel isn’t the only one threatened by the ambitions of a nuclear Iran and its sponsored terrorist activities, but the entire world, especially the United States, are now the targets for the fundamental jihadist running that country. He was also quick to iterate that Israel is an ancient land and “an ancient people." In its nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people ... and, “when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy!”

Israel is the greatest and closest ally that America has ever had and will ever have. The fate of these two countries are intricately bound to the hip with one another. But, Netanyahu, in one of the boldest and most revealing statements in his speech reminded the American President that “standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is” ... but, “history has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war.”

Mr. Netanyahu has given a call-to-arms for the U.S. and Israel to stand together and be strong against such an adversary. Not succumb to a bad deal just for the sake of having a deal. UN Ambassador Susan Rice was so terribly wrong when she told reporters “a bad deal is better than no deal at all.” Did you hear that pathos in her words? She speaks for an administration that is willing to place the fate of an entire world with words on a page that will be totally ignored by Iran knowing full well that the Ayatollah will take whatever advantage he can to usurp its progress at the same time he is signing it and shaking Mr. Kerry’s hand. Is this to be America’s Neville Chamberlain moment. Will this plan with Iran be the defining moment for the decline of American influence and steady hand in a world gone mad? It very well could be if the words spoken today by Mr. Netanyahu are not heeded by the American people and their leaders.

Israel and the United States remain strong allies. I have little doubt that once the Obama administration is a page in the history books come January 2017 that whomever sits in that Oval Office will do all they can to repair the breach so haphazardly created by this current U.S. President. However, until such time Mr. Netanyahu did have a reminder for America and its leaders. The Israeli people have learned the hard taught lesson of “Never Again!” Israel will never “sacrifice the future for the present; not ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.” Netanyahu, in humility reminds us that the Jews “are no longer scattered among the nations,” as they were for centuries. They are no longer “powerless to defend” themselves. They have restored their long awaited sovereignty in their 4000 year old ancient homeland. “For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.” “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand!”

Fortunately, at least for now, Israel still has a partner and will not need to stand alone. The support for Israel among the American people is stronger now than at any other time since it returned as a nation to the Land in 1948.

The Prime Minister’s final message to President Obama, America’s political leaders and to the citizens of the most powerful nation on Earth was quite remarkable. Closing with the final words of Moses to his people before they were to enter their promised land the great leader said - “Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.”

We the People need to be strong, without fear and willing to make our voices heard by our elected officials in Washington D.C. and throughout the nation to not take a bad deal for the sake of a short term and valueless battlefield victory when it is the war that is at stake.

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