For Their Thirty Standing Ovations For Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu — “Americans Should Be Deeply Ashamed Of Their Congress”

Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, yesterday, made an address to the U.S. Congress that was wildly received — much, much applause. In his 46 minute speech, I counted 30 standing ovations. See below for the 30 parts of the speech that inspired Congress to stand up and cheer.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to the U.S. Congress on May 24. He received 30 standing ovations.

“Americans, should be deeply ashamed of their Congress” for this over-the-top display of support for Netanyahu — says M.J. Rosenberg, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network.  Rosenberg  has an objectivity that, to me, rings true. In an article entitled, “Congress to Palestinians: Drop Dead,” Rosenberg makes these points:

  • Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Congress that essentially was a series of insults to Palestinians and every insult was met by applause and standing ovations.
  • In fact, Netanyahu’s appearance itself was an insult. In the entire history of the United States, only four foreign leaders have addressed joint sessions of Congress more than once. And now Netanyahu. For what?
  • In his entire term in office Netanyahu has done nothing but reject every request by the United States that he take some action (like freezing settlements) to promote Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. In the history of Israel, there has been no prime minister as hardline on Palestinian rights and as indifferent to the wishes of the United States as Netanyahu.
  • He was invited because the new Republican leadership of the House of Representatives wanted to demonstrate, loudly and clearly, that Congress will not support President Barak Obama in the event that he tries to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian agreement. And both Democrats and Republicans wanted to demonstrate to AIPAC that the campaign contributions it directs their way are not wasted.
  • Netanyahu today essentially returned to the policies that Israel pursued before Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat agreed on mutual recognition and the joint pursuit of peace.
  • And the worst part is not the appalling things Netanyahu said, but how Congress received them. Even Netanyahu’s declaration that there is no Israeli occupation was met with thunderous applause with the Democrats joining the Republicans in ecstatic support. Every Netanyahu statement, no matter how extreme, was met with cheers.
  • Congress cheered and cheered and when Netanyahu was finished, they climbed over each other to touch the hem of his garment, hoping that AIPAC’s donors saw them groveling before a foreign leader as they never would for a U.S. President.
  • It was as if Congress thought that no Palestinians or other Arabs (or Muslims) would be watching. It was as if it believes that it can shout its lungs out for Netanyahu (and thereby secure those campaign contributions from AIPAC), without any consequences to U.S. policy and national interests in the Arab world.
  • The message Congress sent to the Middle East today, to the whole world, in fact, was that Palestinians cannot count on the United States to ever play the role of “honest broker” between Israel and the Palestinians. Even if President Obama was inclined to, Congress would stop him.
  • The good news is that, although Congress is in Netanyahu’s pocket, the Obama administration isn’t. Netanyahu insulted the President at the White House last Thursday and then again in the halls of Congress by eliciting support for policies Obama rejects. And the administration is furious.
  • Palestinians should thank Prime Minister Netanyahu and, even more, the United states Congress for making their choice so much easier. Together they helped create the Palestinian state today. And that is a very good thing.
These Thirty Statements By The Israeli Prime Minister — Each Caused The U. S. Congress To Stand Up And Cheer
  1. And I do see a lot of old friends here, and I see a lot of new friends of Israel here, as well — Democrats and Republicans alike.
  2. Israel has no better friend than America, and America has no better friend than Israel.
  3. Congratulations, America. Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance.
  4. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it.
  5. And you don’t need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.
  6. You know, I take it as a badge of honor, and so should you, that in our free societies you can have protests. You can’t have these protests in the farcical parliaments in Tehran or in Tripoli. This is real democracy.
  7. Israel has always embraced this path in a Middle East that has long rejected it.In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different.
  8. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. Now, I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of 1 percent are truly free and they’re all citizens of Israel.
  9. This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong with about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East.
  10. Now, the threat to my country cannot be overstated. Those who dismiss it are sticking their heads in the sand. Less than seven decades after 6 million Jews were murdered, Iran’s leaders deny the Holocaust of the Jewish people, while calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state. Leaders who spew such venom should be banned from every respectable forum on the planet.
  11. There are many who rush to condemn Israel for defending itself against Iran’s terror proxies. Not you. Not America.
  12. The more Iran believes that all options are on the table, the less the chance of confrontation.
  13. I ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message that America will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
  14. Now, as for Israel, if history has taught the Jewish people anything, it is that we must take calls for our destruction seriously. We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say “Never again,” we mean never again.
  15. The peace agreements between Israel and Egypt and Israel and Jordan are vital, but they’re not enough. We must also find a way to forge a lasting peace with the Palestinians.
  16. I recognize that in a genuine peace, we’ll be required to give up parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland. And you have to understand this: In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers.
  17. This is the land of our forefathers, the land of Israel, to which Abraham brought the idea of one God, where David set out to confront Goliath, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. … No distortion of history could deny the 4,000-year-old bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.
  18. But there is another truth: The Palestinians share this small land with us. We seek a peace in which they’ll be neither Israel’s subjects nor its citizens. They should enjoy a national life of dignity as a free, viable and independent people living in their own state.
  19. You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It’s always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about.
  20. Palestinians continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And, worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy the Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees. My friends, this must come to an end.
  21. It’s time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say, “I will accept a Jewish state.”
  22. As President Obama said, the border will be different than the one that existed on June 4th, 1967. Israel will not return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967.
  23. And Palestinians from around the world should have a right to immigrate, if they so choose, to a Palestinian state. And here’s what this means: It means that the Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved outside the borders of Israel.
  24. Jerusalem must never again be divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel.
  25. I want you to think about that, too. Imagine there’s a siren going on now, and we have less than 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. Would you live that way? Do you think anybody can live that way? Well, we’re not going to live that way, either.
  26. It’s therefore vital, absolutely vital, that a Palestinian state be fully demilitarized. And it’s vital, absolutely vital, that Israel maintain a long-term military presence along the Jordan River.
  27. I appreciate the president’s clear position on this issue. Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated.
  28. But Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaida. That we will not do.
  29. So I say to President Abbas, “Tear up your pact with Hamas, sit down and negotiate, make peace with the Jewish state. And if you do, I promise you this: Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as the new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so.”
  30. Thank you. Thank you for your unwavering support for Israel. Thank you for ensuring that the flame of freedom burns bright throughout the world. May God bless all of you, and may God forever bless the United States of America.


This entry was posted in Special Reports. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to For Their Thirty Standing Ovations For Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu — “Americans Should Be Deeply Ashamed Of Their Congress”

  1. Mr. Skeptical says:

    “Israel has no better friend than America, and America has no better friend than Israel.”

    Hmmm…with friends like this, who needs enemies?

    America has been kissing the tail of Israel for decades, and this most recent address shows the world that our collective lips are firmly pressed to Israel’s hindquarters. Obama has unequivocally stated that we have an ‘unshakable alliance’ with Israel, so much so that I would not be surprised if Congress suggested renaming The United States of America to The Jewish States of America. JSA! JSA! JSA!

  2. Stan Hirtle says:

    Numbers 15, 18, 26 and the first parts of 19, 23, and the last part of 29 are ok. 24 will have to be modified some since Jerusalem contains the holy places of two other faiths. Unfortunately he said nothing about settlements and their effect on the liklihood of what he says he is ok with happening.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *