Open thread: Netanyahu speaks to Congress; Update: Live video added

posted at 11:12 am on May 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

While Barack Obama tours the UK, Congress gets to hear from another head of state, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.  After lecturing the US President on the history and issues of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Netanyahu will deliver his vision of a settlement on Capitol Hill:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would set forth his view of a future Middle East peace in an address to Congress on Tuesday and reaffirmed Israel would never return to its old, narrow borders.

“I will outline a vision for a secure Israeli-Palestinian peace,” the right-wing Israeli leader said on Monday about his planned address to a joint meeting of Congress.

“I intend to speak the unvarnished truth. Now more than ever what we need is clarity.”

The speech will start shortly, and can be seen at C-SPAN.  What will Netanyahu have to say, and how will it be received?  Let’s open up the comments to get your feedback.

Update
: Here’s the live video:

Update II: I removed the video code.  The speech went very well for Netanyahu, I believe.  He offered a perfect riposte to hecklers who interrupted him early, saying that “[y]ou can’t have real protests in the farcical parliaments of Tehran or Tripoli. This is real democracy.”  It was a great ad-lib, and it led directly into one of his major themes, which was that Israel was the true beacon of liberty in the Middle East, the only place where Arabs enjoy real freedom (although some might quibble with that claim these days with Iraq in mind).

Netanyahu took great care to offer gracious compliments to Obama throughout the speech.  However, he made it clear that Israel will not be returning to the 1967 border, a suggestion that Obama broached and then almost immediately backpedaled from over the last few days.  Netanyahu also emphatically rejected negotiations with Hamas while it still includes in its charter the goal of Israel’s destruction and the command to “kill the Jews wherever they are found.”  He called upon Mahmoud Abbas to renege on his partnership with Hamas, which Netanyahu called the Palestinian version of al-Qaeda.

Some said this would be the speech of a lifetime for Netanyahu.  If so, he delivered in spectacular fashion.


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Some said this would be the speech of a lifetime for Netanyahu. If so, he delivered in spectacular fashion.

Way to go, Bibi.

miConsevative on May 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Netanyahu’s speech was what the left likes to pretend Obama’s speeches are, eloquent and clear. Too bad we cannot compare and contrast the two.

JIMV on May 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

pambi on May 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Every single one of them is bad.

Lance Murdock on May 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM

LOL, here’s the early Maytag Cycle from MSDNC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43150056/

Israel, which enjoys strong bipartisan backing in Congress, has been rattled by President Barack Obama’s support for drawing the future borders of a Palestinian state and a Jewish state on the basis of Israel’s pre-1967 war frontiers. Obama has also called for a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, something that Netanyahu said is possible only in the very long term.

Obama has not called for a return to the exact borders that Israel held before capturing east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War of June 1967. He, like the Palestinians, is open to land swaps so Israel can hold on to settlements it built after the 1967 war. Obama has not, however, offered proposals for how to return the two sides to the bargaining table. The Palestinians are refusing to come back as long as Israeli settlement construction continues.

Isn’t the part I bolded a blatant lie by MSDNC?

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2011 at 1:32 PM

A real leader delivered a cogent, non-stuttering speech!!!

tomshup on May 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

A real leader delivered a cogent, non-stuttering speech!!! tomshup on May 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Well, duh, he was reading a teleprompter. Oh.

LINK TO THE SPEECH PLEASE

Dingbat63 on May 24, 2011 at 1:40 PM

He, like the Palestinians

There you go.

faraway on May 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM

My favorite article in this whole Obama debacle is the one from Doug Patton at GOPUSA.com who wants to trade Obama for Bibi.

Bibi is non-natural born and so is Obama so a swap of the two would work. Bibi speaks better English than Obama and sure has much more of a backbone.

PhiKapMom on May 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/heckler-yells-stop-israeli-war-crimes-during-netanyahu-s-speech-to-congress-1.363856?localLinksEnabled=false

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday was disrupted by a left-wing protester calling to stop the Israeli occupation in Palestine. The heckler was identified as Rae Abileah, a 28-year-old Jewish-American activist, of Israeli decent, who works with human rights organization CODEPINK. Abileah stood up from the gallery as Netanyahu was congratulating the United States for the killing of Osama bin Laden and shouted “stop Israeli war crimes.”

-snip-

In a statement released shortly after the incident, CODEPINK said “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.”

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Code Pink: “…the starvation of Gaza”

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2011 at 1:48 PM

The boor balestinians!

Shy Guy on May 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Full transcript

Shy Guy on May 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM

The boor balestinians II

Shy Guy on May 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Is it me or is it strange that I cannot find a video of the speech anywhere? If it was an Obumba diatribe it would be everywhere. JMHO.

Dingbat63 on May 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

The International Fix is in on what’s ahead for Jerusalem.

http://www.uwindsor.ca/joci/

has BiBi not rec’d the memo yet?

PappyD61 on May 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM

A real leader delivered a cogent, non-stuttering speech!!! tomshup on May 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Well, duh, he was reading a teleprompter. Oh.

LINK TO THE SPEECH PLEASE

Dingbat63 on May 24, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Link to your brain, please! Who the hell do you think I was referring to? Certainly not TOTUS!

tomshup on May 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM

The International Fix is in on what’s ahead for Jerusalem.

http://www.uwindsor.ca/joci/

has BiBi not rec’d the memo yet?

PappyD61 on May 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM

This sort of stuff is old news. Bibi’s Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, and mostly likely MK Tzipi Livni, would happily subscribe to this.

Shy Guy on May 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Video of the speech

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Netanyahu

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM

tomshup on May 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Huh? You missed the /sarc … or at least I thought I inserted it. Still looking for a link because I want a friend to see it’s awesomeness…not just a transcript.

Dingbat63 on May 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Thanks Del Dolemonte!!

Dingbat63 on May 24, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Dingbat63:
I watched on FBN, sorry for smartass response, didn’t fully catch ur sarc!
Try this link:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43150056/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa

tomshup on May 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

tomshup on May 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

You, sir, are a gentleman. Much appreciated.

Dingbat63 on May 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Another howler from the DUmmies:

(edited)

Why did the cable networks carry the speech in its entirety?

I find that disturbing as well. Why would MSNBC for example carry each and every f*rt erupting from this a**hole’s mouth, especially after the way he arrogantly and disdainfully lectured our President last week? You would think it was Winston Churchill addressing Congress and asking for the US to intervene in World War II. How many foreign dignitaries get their entire speech covered like this? It seems to me that, on the contrary, any foreign visitors get cut off by the cable news channels after just one or two sentences when they give a speech. I strongly support Israel’s right to exist. I value their democracy and, from what I’ve heard, most Israelis have strong democratic values and are to the left of this POS Netanyahu. I don’t understand why Israel keeps electing the most extreme right wing fanatics to their government like this Likudnik filth. And I don’t understand why this extremist gets such a prominent platform on national television in America. I don’t understand it.

Wow.

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

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OT, I know, but PLEASE stay safe, y’all !!
Scroll a bit to see tonight’s forecasted radar… OY.

pambi on May 24, 2011 at 3:01 PM

So is the Hawaiian long form birth certificate ready?

the_nile on May 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Isn’t it crazy that the Left doesn’t seem to realize what it is like for very small Israel to be surrounded by countries that want them destroyed? Just another item on a list of things they seem to be clueless about.

Cindy Munford on May 24, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Anybody got a link to a replay of the speech?

knob on May 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Here is a link.

ProfessorMiao on May 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Isn’t it crazy that the Left doesn’t seem to realize what it is like for very small Israel to be surrounded by countries that want them destroyed? Just another item on a list of things they seem to be clueless about.

Cindy Munford on May 24, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I was just about to say something very similar. He says he doesn’t understand why Israel elected Likud. He doesn’t understand period!

ProfessorMiao on May 24, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Stunning speech. Just stunning. Hats off to Netanyahu.

MikeknaJ on May 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM

I was stuck in mediation all day. Does anyone have a link for the full speech? I can’t find one due to MSM supression techniques, likely at the hand of the new “You cain’t touch Obama on the Blogs Czar”

Key West Reader on May 24, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Bibi was born on October 21, 1949. I am EXACTLY 21 years younger.
I Like sharing my birthday with Bibi the Great!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Omigosh, isn’t that crackpot who called for endtimes on May 21 not positioning it to October 21? We are doomed with these significant days of reckoning. Meanwhile A-jad in Iran says that the 12th imam, the Mahdi, is to make his covert appearance on June 5. What is the world coming to?

onlineanalyst on May 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

now positioning…

onlineanalyst on May 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

What is it about alpha males like Bibi (and Cheney and Bolton and Ryan) that I find ultra appealing?

onlineanalyst on May 24, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Great speech!

tinkerthinker on May 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Netanyahu took great care to offer gracious compliments to Obama throughout the speech. However, he made it clear that Israel will not be returning to the 1967 border, a suggestion that Obama broached and then almost immediately backpedaled from over the last few days.

I don’t want to come across as a petty quibbler, but I feel it would be a glaring omission not to point out the fact that you insisted that Obama never broached the very suggestion you’re now admitting he (kind of) backpedaled from, Ed.

Cylor on May 25, 2011 at 1:35 AM

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