Today, the Prime Minister of Israel was gifted the opportunity to launch a scathing attack on the foreign policy of the United States, in the US Congress, against the wishes of the American President – and won 25 near-hysterical standing ovations for doing so.
After Republican Speaker John Boehner invited the Israeli PM to speak (just two weeks before Israeli elections) without consulting the White House, it was announced that President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry would snub Netanyahu’s speech and visit. All-in-all, 55 Democrat lawmakers boycotted the speech.
Nevertheless, a packed Congress threw down the red carpet for Netanyahu today, while he lobbied American lawmakers to block the foreign policy efforts of their own President.
Blow-by-blow, Netanyahu pilloried Obama’s negotiations with Iran. He hectored the President like a school principal scolding an errant child. There was zero respect shown to the Office of the US President, or the diplomatic relationship between the nations.
“This is a bad deal — a very bad deal. We’re better off without it,” Netanyahu told Congress, and got a standing ovation.
“It paves Iran’s path to a bomb,”
“The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America. … the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.”
But it wasn’t just President Obama that Netanyahu threw shade upon today. The Israeli PM also echoed a distasteful trope – common in modern, muscular Israeli society – that victims of the Nazi holocaust were too weak. The libel won huge applause by Congress and mass support on Twitter.
Americans and members of the international community worldwide looked on in shock at the servile reaction of Congress to a speech so overtly hostile to stated American policy, and historical victims of anti-semitism.
One of Britain’s few surviving World War II military veterans took to twitter to condemn the ‘warmongers’ of the GOP and Israel.
Turkish-American award-winning journalist and Young Turks host Cenk Uygur had more to say…
Twitter user @SickJew was also horrified by what they were hearing:
An example here from Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro.
Texas Republican Ted Cruz also aligned himself with Netanyahu, against his own President.
It is clear that the Democrat leadership appreciates how badly Netanyahu and Congress embarrassed America today. A statement issued by Democrat Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi almost immediately following the speech reads:
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.
President Obama issued a notably curt response to the speech. Saying he read a transcript of Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday, the President stated that “there was nothing new” and that the Israeli PM offered “no viable alternative” to his plans.
The fallout of today’s extraordinary breech of diplomatic standards is still settling across the Capitol, the country and the international community. But one thing is for sure, America was diminished today. Congress invited a foreign leader to lobby against the American President, and cheered him for so doing. All those responsible must be considered an insult to their office, and their flag.
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