Here’s a look at reactions to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint meeting of Congress today. As you would expect from the broader media, there are far more negatives than positives. If you missed the speech, read the transcript or watch the video here. See the “heckler” video below.
It was an address with no destination, filled with lies on top of lies and illusions heaped on illusions. Only rarely is a foreign head of state invited to speak before Congress. It’s unlikely that any other has attempted to sell them such a pile of propaganda and prevarication, such hypocrisy and sanctimony as Benjamin Netanyahu did yesterday.
The fact that the Congress rose to its feet multiple times to applaud him says more about the ignorance of its members than the quality of their guest’s speech. An Israeli presence on the Jordan River – cheering. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel – applause. Did American’s elected representatives know that they were cheering for the death of possibility? If America loved it, we’re in big trouble.
Click the link above and read the entire article to get the drift that Levy is an Israeli Leftist and a Palestinian sympathizer (and maybe a self-loathing Jew???). In September 2009’s speech to the U.N., Levy claimed that Netanyahu “cheapened the memory of the Holocaust.”
Perhaps Mr. Levy has an answer for this from Netanyahu today:
“I will accept a Palestinian state.” It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… “I will accept a Jewish state.”
Levy is a columnist for Haaretz.
The Huffington Post’s Amy Teibel says Netanyahu’s conditions for peace have often been rejected by Palestinians, and “A senior Palestinian official immediately rejected” it as a “declaration of war.”
The Washington Post suggests that Israel may compromise on the future of Jerusalem.
As for Jerusalem, only a democratic Israel has protected freedom of worship for all faiths in the city. Jerusalem must never again be divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel. I know that this is a difficult issue for Palestinians. But I believe with creativity and goodwill a solution can be found.
A person familiar with the planning for the speech said this line was intended to signal that Israel is interested in an approach that might satisfy Palestinian desires for a capital within Jerusalem’s current municipal boundaries by redrawing those lines and ceding certain Arab neighborhoods.
U.S. lawmakers and diplomats jammed the back walls and aisles of the crowded House chamber during the speech. Netanyahu was given a two-minute ovation when he entered the room and two dozen standing ovations during the 50-minute address.
The Christian Science Monitor says this was a “make or break” speech for Netanyahu, and for some reason, believes Netanyahu’s very public talk with Barack Obama in last week’s press conference was initiated by Netanyahu to shore up political support back home – rather than combating Obama’s previous day’s comment about returning to Israel’s 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps. They quote and unnamed “Western diplomat based in Jerusalem:”
“He is trying to go over Obama’s head. He is embroiling himself, and trying to use a domestic American sphere to make his case,” says a Western diplomat based in Jerusalem.”He has allowed [Israel] to be painted as the refuser, as the one who is saying no. Usually it’s the Palestinians that play that role.”
The New York Times points to Netanyahu’s insistance that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas say ‘I will accept a Jewish state,’ and seems to dismiss the solemn need for exactly that, with this:
Of course, those words have bedeviled peace negotiators since 1979. Refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and across the Palestinian diaspora want a right of return to the homes they left, or were forced to leave, in Israel. But Israeli officials say a flood of refugees would mean more Arabs than Jews in Israel and could threaten Israel’s continued existence as a Jewish state.
Drumming thousands of Palestinians out of their homes is really not the true story. There’s no time to argue that here but it is shameful that the story persists. The bottom line is, the Holy Land is the home of Jews as well as Arabs. The League of Nations designated far more land than the tiny sliver Israel has today. That land was stolen from Israel in the name of politics. The land wasn’t designated as a homeland for Arabs – the already had Jordan and Syria.
In the NY Times article, they quote Rob Malley, program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group:
“He managed to rally wall-to-wall support from Congress,” said Rob Malley, program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group. But, he warned, it might have been a pyrrhic victory for the Israeli prime minister.
“We’re not talking about a peace process anymore; we’re talking about a P.R. process,” he said.
Let me tell you about Robert Malley. Barack Obama hired him as his foreign policy advisor, then he fired him after admitting “regular contact” with Hamas. Malley is of Syrian descent. An American Thinker article by Ed Lasky said this:
[Robert Malley’s father] Simon Malley…loathed Israel and anti-Israel activism became a crusade for him-as an internet search would easily show. He spent countless hours with Yasser Arafat and became a close friend of Arafat. He was, according to Daniel Pipes, a sympathizer of the Palestinian Liberation Organization — and this was when it was at the height of its terrorism wave against the West.
Lasky says that Malley, through the International Crisis Group (ICG) has ties to George Soros, who criticized Israel for refusing to deal with a Palestinian government that included Hamas.
Before Obama had to remove him from his campaign, aides were quoted saying Malley delivered messages to Egypt and Syria saying Obama would “enhance relations with Cairo and Damascus.” Malley also worked for Bill Clinton’s administration.
Then, the NYT article suggests that if the Israeli-Palestinian peace process doesn’t progress, Europe will not support the U.S. effort to stop the U.N. endorsement of a Palestinian state in September. And what can the U.N. do about it? Sanction Israel again and again and again? The U.N. can’t stop their own soldiers from raping.
They also denigrate Israel’s status as the only democracy in the Middle East:
Mr. Netanyahu also talked about the populist upheaval in the Arab world, casting Israel as a democratic island in a despotic corner of world. “In a region where women are stoned, gays are persecuted,” Mr. Netanyahu said, “Israel stands out.”
Just a few words from the NYT lauding that statement, and denouncing those stonings and persecutions, would be a better use of their time.
THE HECKLING: As Netanyahu talked about young Arabs longing for freedom a heckler interrupted and was removed from the gallery. You have to ask, what member of Congress let this cretin in? The cretin was, of course, a CodePinker. They always get into the chamber for events like this. You and I can’t get in, but they can’t.
Israel National News says the heckling started as Netanyahu congratulated Obama on the bin-Laden-get, but the video shows it came in the conversation about Arab freedom.
Rae Abileah, in her late 20s and one of the group’s national organizers…
After the incident, she said in a statement released by CODEPINK, “Prime Minister Netanyahu says that the 1967 borders are indefensible. But what is really indefensible is the occupation of land, the starvation of Gaza, the jailing of dissenters and the lack of equal rights in the alleged Israeli democracy. As a Jew and an American taxpayer, I can’t be silent when these crimes are being committed in my name and with my tax money.”
This could go on all night, so I’ll stop here.
Benjamin Netanyahu Heckled by Palestinian Supporter (video)