I was not impressed at all with the Israeli Prime Minister Benji Netanyahu’s address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] Annual Policy Conference.
Netanyahu came to Washington for two reasons: (A), Secure presidential pardon for the convicted Jewish spy, Jonathon Pollard and (B), enlist U.S. comittment to bomb Iran. While US mainstream news media gave his rhetoric about Iran extensive coverage, not mentioning his request for Pollard’s release, whom Natanyahu visited in 2002. The release of Pollard was reported by Israeli daily Ynet. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst before being convicted of spying for Israel and who is serving a life sentence.
According to 16 US intelligence agencies and IAEA inspectors, Iran has no nukes, but Israel does. Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Israel (with nuclear weapons) refuses to sign and refuses to allow AEIA inspectors into their nuclear facility.
This begs the question, why is it Iran–and not Israel–being subjected to strangling sanctions? Iran has never threatened Israel, America, or any of its neighbors, whereas Israel is threatening to bomb Iran every day and has a long history of attacking and invading many Arab countries.
Israel is now making life a hell on earth for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem as I write this.
Where is the outrage, threats of sanctions and the calls for Israel to adhere to the rules of civilized nations?
Thankfully, this time president Obama stood his ground and showed this arrogant and ungrateful guest some back bone. Netanyahoo (by all appearances) left America empty-handed. He did however succeed to a ceratin extent. As Dr. Hassan El-Najjar, the editor of Aljazeera, put it:
“Netanyahu succeeded in putting the illegal Jewish settlements and the theft of Palestinian lands on the back burner.”
If I had to rate Benji’s barking–absurdly known as his ‘speech’ at the AIPAC conference—it deserves about a 3 out of 10.
Dull, boorish, and completely uninspired.
He was so overconfident in his actions, yet the words he spoke were plainly unconvincing. In general, it was a bad performance — even for this Israeli Drama Queen!
I believe Netanyahu’s demeanor throughout his speech will damage his likeability even amongst the faithful crowds at these AIPAC soirees. He showed us an ego that even the great hall couldn’t contain; the two body guards only reinforced that notion.
The way he leaned on the podium, holding those two letters aloft, revealed a sloppy and overconfident speaker. I will give him credit for begging for assistance, without really needing it. All the Congress knows what he came for. It will certainly please AIPAC.
The bit about walking like a duck and quacking like a duck, and pushing the audience to engage in the final ‘it must be a duck’, was very tacky and undignified for a supposed statesman. The man seemed intoxicated with his own power.
In truth, no one should support a man like this. He is only a self-deceiving beggar who happens to have nuclear weapons. He wants a foreign state, America, to sacrifice its citizens for HIS war.
This isn’t about Jewish survival. It’s about the “clean break strategy” that was implemented many years ago.
Netanyahu’s real objective is to get the American war machine to do his bidding through his congressional proxies. If this is the type of speech that excites the pro-Israel crowd, they are a sad and pathetic bunch indeed.
AIPAC speaks only for Israel, not for Jews — and certainly not for America.
AIPAC calls for war and not for diplomacy: one more war for Israel. A dirty and disastrous war: a war that neither they nor their children will be fighting.
Good red-blooded Americans should be screaming: no more dirty wars for Israel!