CNN asked the question: Did this speech to the US Congress by Prime Minister Netanyahu change some minds? I would say that a rather honest and no holds barred speech did what neither Mr. Obama or Mr.Kerry could do: paint a realistic portrait of Iran and Daesh.
New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez:
The leading Democratic proponent of ratcheting up sanctions on Iran, New Jersey’s Sen. Robert Menendez, called Netanyahu’s speech “very effective.”
“The value of his speech is that what many of us have been saying about the challenges of a deal with Iran and the nature of a deal with Iran, he had the Congress listening,” Menendez said after the speech. “That crystallized for people what I and others have been saying for some time.”
Then there is the atrocious behavior of Madame Pelosi who turned her back on Prime Minister Netanyahu:
“As one who values the U.S. — Israel relationship, and loves Israel, 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,” Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday.
The irony is staggering and painful. I am not seeing a whole lot of love for Israel from the Botoxed One but I am seeing a ton of condescension from Madame Pelosi in the middle of her tantrum. Madame Pelosi your so-called “support” of Israel only extends to an Israel, which is a fearful, besieged state that can barely sustain itself. Although Madame Pelosi and Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry are getting their information about the middle east from the likes of Marie Harf as opposed to actual experts who live in the region reporting.
As for the speech? Prime Minister Netanyahu laid out the impact of Iran on the world. Including Americans at home and abroad. Which was the last thing that Madame Pelosi, Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama want the world to hear. In other words, the Iranians hate us all as much as Daesh does. They are not friendly and are a more technological Daesh. And all the whining from Obama, Pelosi and Kerry will not change the facts. And I sincerely pray that this speech did change minds at home and abroad.
PM Netanyahu said clearly, concisely and succinctly: “The enemy of your enemy is your enemy.” And all the James Taylor sing-alongs with Kerry will not change that.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC, on Sunday afternoon in preparation for the speech of his lifetime before Congress on Tuesday…