I watched Bibi’s speech on Fox News where Bret Baeir and Charles Krauthammer were doing the analysis. As Netanyahu entered the chamber and was being welcomed by the Congressmen, Bret said “It’s not a state of the union, but it looks like one.”
In his opening remarks, Netanyahu made a point to give a shout out to Harry Reid, someone who clearly cannot stand him. “It’s good to see you back on your feet. It’s true what they say – you can’t keep a good man down.” This speaks volumes about the class act that is Benjamin Netanyahu. He also heaped praise on O and listed the number of times O has come to Israel’s aid over the years, and referred to John Kerry as his old friend.
Why such praise? I think it’s partially to put to rest the stories that O doesn’t support Israel, and partially an attempt to guilt O into taking a different direction regarding the Iran deal.
After opening remarks, he began talking about why he’s here – the peace and safety of Israel as well as the US. He listed many of the events that point out the brutality of Iran, and the deadly threat they pose not only to Israel, but to American interests around the world as well. He stressed that Iran and ISIS are both our enemies and “they are competing for the crown of militant Islam.” He said when it comes to Iran, “the enemy of your enemy….is your enemy.”
The deal, he said, “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.” He reminded the audience of Iran’s deep history of funding terror and threatening Israel. He made it a point several times to say what a bad deal this is and that no deal would be better than a bad one.
I counted 19 standing ovations and three in succession when he stated what Iran needs to do. They need to stop the aggression, stop supporting terrorism around the world and stop threatening to annihilate Israel.
The biggest point he made was when he stated that “even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.” I’d say that makes it pretty clear, even for O.
What did you think of his speech?
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