Reactions to Netanyahu’s Speech You Won’t Believe! From Robert Malley to Congress

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.

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Gideon Levy: Netanyahu’s speech to Congress shows America will Buy Anything

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.

WaPo cites:

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.

Congress reacts:

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)

  • Netanyahu did just fine. He is correct to speak to a wider American audience than Obama. With any luck, Obama will be just another former president by 2013.

    • Opus, I thought his speech was excellent, noble and courageous. The over-used and often maligned “speaking truth to Power” is what he did in front of Congress.

    • Bingo.. Opus#6. I heard that ding when I read your comment.. lol

  • Obama moved one step closer to defeat with this colossal blunder, and Bibi is helping him along.

    • While I am loathe to deal in identity politics, the “Jewish vote” has deep pockets and is strongly Democratic. I believe they will be neither in the 2012 cycle.

      It’s amazing how quickly any “bump” Obama got from taking out bin Laden has turned into a foreign policy vision that has the president looking incredibly weak and naive. He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

  • The hate filled left media better wake up and get on God’s side. Which side is that? God will bless those who bless Israel and will curse those who curse Israel. It’s in the Book.

  • The left will never accept anything short of the total elimination of Israel. Unless they get that, nothing any Israeli Prime Minister says will be the wrong thing.

    Bibi did fantastically!!!

    BTW, did you notice that Biden didn’t applaud when Bibi exclaimed that Jerusalem will NEVER be divided?

  • What a sad speech! Distortions of the reality prevail, unacceptable obstacles abound, oppositions to international UN resolutions against Israel repeated over and over again, Netanyahu is simply out of touch with reality. Eighty million egyptians are right next door with no more US held “lid” called Mubarak. Another “bottle” opening up North of Israel called Syria, an 80% Palestinian country called Jordan will soon give up its peace accords with Israel under populace pressure… Be real Netanyahu you cannot stop the forces calling for freedom with some crooked PR stunt! Israel’s survival will only be possible if serious about a lasting Peace…

    • Aksala, you have a lot of pretty words but no reality. The UN resolutions are shameful and the land belongs to Israel – far more than the land they accepted.

      As Netanyahu said, the only freedom for Arabs is in Israel.

    • Aksala, I looked up Palestinian territories on Wikipedia and found this. It’s long Maggie. I appolagize, but I think it’s eye opening.
      In 1922 after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire that ruled Greater Syria for four centuries (1517–1917), the British Mandate for Palestine was established. Large-scale Jewish immigration from abroad, mainly from Eastern Europe took place during the British Mandate, though Jewish immigration started during the Ottoman period. The future of Palestine was hotly disputed between Arabs and Jews. In 1947, the total Jewish ownership of land in Palestine was 1,850,000 dunams or 1,850 square kilometers, which is 7.04% of the total land of Palestine. Public property or “crown lands”, the bulk of which was in the Negev, belonging to the government of Palestine may have made up as much as 70% of the total land; with the Arabs, Christians and others owning the rest.

      The 1947 United Nations Partition Plan proposed a division of Mandate Palestine between an Arab and a Jewish state, with Jerusalem and the surrounding area to be a corpus separatum under a special international regime. The regions allotted to the proposed Arab state included what became the Gaza Strip, and almost all of what became the West Bank, as well as other areas.

      The Partition Plan was passed by the UN General Assembly on November 1947. The Partition Plan was accepted by the Jewish leadership, but rejected by the Arab leaders. The Arab League threatened to take military measures to prevent the partition of Palestine and to ensure the national rights of the Palestinian Arab population. One day before the expiration of the British Mandate for Palestine, on 14 May 1948, Israel declared its independence within the borders of the Jewish State set out in the Partition Plan. US President Harry Truman recognized the State of Israel de facto the following day. The Arab countries declared war on the newly formed State of Israel heralding the start of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

      After the war, which Palestinians call the Nakba, the 1949 Armistice Agreements established the separation lines between the combatants, leaving Israel in control of some of the areas designated for the Arab state under the Partition Plan, Transjordan in control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Egypt in control of the Gaza Strip and Syria in control of the Himmah Area.

      In 1950 Jordan annexed the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Only the United Kingdom formally recognized the annexation of the West Bank, de facto in the case of East Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip the Arab League formed the All-Palestine Government, which operated under Egypt occupation.

      Article 24 of the Palestinian National Charter of 1964, which established the Palestine Liberation Organization stated: “This Organization does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or in the Himmah Area” (i.e. the areas of the former Mandate Palestine controlled by Jordan, Egypt and Syria respectively).

      Israel captured both territories in the 1967 Six-Day War, besides other territory belonging to Egypt and Syria. Since then these territories have been designated Israeli-occupied territories. Immediately after the war, on June 19, 1967, the Israeli government offered to return the Golan Heights to Syria, the Sinai to Egypt and most of the West Bank to Jordan in exchange for peace. At the Khartoum Summit in September, the Arab parties responded to this overture by declaring “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel and no negotiations with Israel.”

      UN Security Council Resolution 242 introduced the “Land for Peace” formula for normalizing relations between Israel and its neighbors. This formula was used when Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in 1979 in exchange for a peace treaty. While that treaty mentioned a “linkage” between Israeli-Egyptian peace and Palestinian autonomy, the formerly Egyptian-occupied territory in Gaza was excluded from the agreement, and remained under Israeli control.

      The Oslo Accords of the early 1990s between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority. This was an interim organization created to administer a limited form of Palestinian self-governance in the territories for a period of five years during which final-status negotiations would take place. The Palestinian Authority carried civil responsibility in some rural areas, as well as security responsibility in the major cities of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Although the five-year interim period expired in 1999, the final status agreement has yet to be concluded despite attempts such as the 2000 Camp David Summit, the Taba summit, and the unofficial Geneva Accords.

      In 2005, Israeli forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip, ceding full effective internal control of the territory to the Palestinian Authority.

      Since the Battle of Gaza (2007) the two separate territories, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, are divided into a Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip and a Fatah civil leadership in the autonomous areas of the West Bank. Each sees itself as the administrator of all Palestinian territories and does not acknowledge the other one as the official government of the territories. The Palestinian territories have therefore de facto split into two entities

      • David, never any need to apologize here for length or anything else. This is great information. Israel has done the “land for peace” and received death for it. Palestinians want land, but no peace. The lies about the Israel occupation have gone on for so many years with American Progressives – including both Liberal and Conservative medi spreading them (example: Chris Wallace this week talking about the “right of return”) that I don’t think the truth will ever be known.

        David, you might find this an interesting visual (if you haven’t seen it):

  • “CAIRO — Egypt will open its only crossing with the Gaza Strip this weekend, the Cairo military government announced Wednesday, significantly easing a four-year blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory but setting up a potential conflict with Israel.”

    The above is an AO breaking news story by the Washington Post. Look for things to get very ugly for Israel come August and September prior to the elections in Egypt.

    • This move is a dream come true for Hamas.

    • Jim, the Muslim Brotherhood one a big one here.

  • cthelight

    @Maggie and Jim,
    You are so right. Hamas and the MB been given a big one and obama has encouraged it
    with his “move back to 1967” idiocy.

    BTW, love your site, Maggie.