Video: Netanyahu rocks Congress

posted at 4:46 pm on May 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

In case you missed the speech this morning, the Right Scoop has complete video and Netanyahu’s Facebook page has a transcript. I’m stealing the headline from Philip Klein, but only because his metaphor is so apt: Given the crowd’s enthusiasm, all that was missing here were glow sticks.

David Frum makes a smart point. This speech was a message to Obama — not from Bibi, but from Congress:

That wasn’t Benjamin Netanyahu speaking. That was Congress speaking.

Mahmoud Abbas had a plan. Ignore Netanyahu. Go to the UN General Assembly [in September]. Get a vote purportedly recognizing a Palestinian state. Then use that vote to leverage international pressure on Israel.

The iffy bit of the Abbas plan was always that fourth step. There have been no shortage of anti-Israel UN General Assembly votes over the years, most famously the 1974 “Zionism is racism” vote. But those votes did not cause the US or the Europeans or other important players to change their policy to Israel. Why would one such vote more?…

So September was always a mind-game against the US. The vote would matter only if the US agreed that it mattered…

Congress’ reception of Netanyahu doused the Obama speech with ice-water realism.

Indeed, which is also why none other than Harry Reid went out of his way to stomp The One last night at AIPAC. If Obama wants to risk Jewish voters’ support for Democrats by making major concessions to the Palestinians the year before a crucial election, he’s not getting cover from either party to do it. I actually doubt there would be any tidal electoral shifts if he did make those concessions, but you wouldn’t need them to be tidal to swing a close presidential election — or, more realistically, close Senate and House races. You’re on your own, champ. Good luck with those negotiations.

Two clips for you, one of Netanyahu’s (already famous) response to a heckler in the gallery and the other of him addressing the border issue. Note how he gives Obama some cover by citing him for the proposition that the eventual border won’t be the same as the 1967 lines; O grumbled about that misperception of his position in his own speech to AIPAC. Exit question: You guys sure you want to keep that “Natural Born Citizen” clause in the Constitution? If Bibi jumped into the GOP primary tomorrow, I’m guessing he’d start at around 65 percent in the polls.


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The Patriot Act should be debated and not mindlessly extended

umm, it has been and Conservatives won. Everything else is Political B.S.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Then it has nothing to do with Netanyahu?

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Depends if you beleive a Paul, who wants to completely defund and not ally with israel no less, on Any issue related to Israel. Otherwise one could reasonably conclude he’s spinning and digging deeper.

There is no excuse to pitch a fit, shuffle papers around by yourself while a key Ally and Head of State is giving a speech to Congress.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Then it has nothing to do with Netanyahu?

A lot of us are not happy with the Patriot Act or the TSA.

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Exactly, but jp (and to Graas on her site) are just trying to slime him.

CLEARLY Rand Paul is antisemitic or something! *rolls eyes.

Here, if jp is content with Politico, I’ll give the Slate link that Reason linked to about Mark Kirk skipping, too.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/05/24/reading-rand-paul-s-mind-a-dangerous-sport.aspx

This is all blown out of proportion and the sad thing is I bet the likes of jp would vote for Obama over Rand Paul – sick.

MeatHeadinCA on May 24, 2011 at 6:31 PM

umm, it has been and Conservatives won. Everything else is Political B.S.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

That settles it!

MeatHeadinCA on May 24, 2011 at 6:32 PM

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

A shred of proof would be nice.

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Anyway, the links are out there. Everyone can read and make up their own minds.

Bibi’s speech was good (much better than an Obama one) and he made some great points.

MeatHeadinCA on May 24, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Maybe Rand WAS protesting the Patriot Act-but considering his father’s anti-Israel view-you’d think he would have ‘protested’ at a different time as to avoid being politically compared to the head Ronulan.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM

A shred of proof would be nice.

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM

What kind of proof, you have to decide if you believe the Spin by a Paul on this subject for yourself. The main point is he skipped a very important speech either for NO GOOD REASON WHATSOEVER or because he didn’t want to hear Israel.

What he’s pitching a fit about related to the Patriot Act, an issue that has been debated for 10yrs, was poltical B.S. from the Dems for most of the last decade anyway and CRIMINAL LAW already does all the things and then some that supposedly the Patriot Act does to our Civil Liberties. Was completely pointless, he doesn’t have a leg to stand on, its passing this week. Everyone knows its passing, there is 0% chance he can stop its passage…..yet he’s going to pitch a Fit about it and skip a key speech from a head of state??? Please. Spin or not, its a bad telling moment.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Maybe Rand WAS protesting the Patriot Act-but considering his father’s anti-Israel view-you’d think he would have ‘protested’ at a different time as to avoid being politically compared to the head Ronulan.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM

True enough. It wasn’t the smartest move on his part.

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Maybe Rand WAS protesting the Patriot Act-but considering his father’s anti-Israel view-you’d think he would have ‘protested’ at a different time as to avoid being politically compared to the head Ronulan.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Exactly, but given he’s very likely to endorse and campaign for his dad over the next year. Maybe he figures theres not reason in that any longer, covering it up already got him elected once.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:40 PM

What kind of proof, you have to decide if you believe the Spin by a Paul on this subject for yourself.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I judge people based on who they are… not if they have Jewish blood, or your dreaded ‘Paul’ blood.

Rand Paul is a different person than Ron Paul just as Reagan’s sons are very different than the man. The adopted Reagan son is the better man.

You seem to blame Rand Paul for what his nutbar father believes. If you have something from Rand Paul… not ‘A Paul‘ then I will look at it.

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Then you acknowledge that Bibi’s promise is as empty as that of the UN’s?

ernesto on May 24, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Nope. Nothing can match the UN. The Palis can have their state, but history tells us that really isn’t their goal. Think of it this way,….there is big aid money which will continue to be made by the Palis if the peace process never comes to fruition. With a functioning, peaceful two state solution, they aren’t victims any more. Strictly a business decision, spiced up with the emotional need to exterminate Israel and her Jewish citizens. Giving land to the Palis hasn’t worked up to this point, and hopefully, Israel is finally recognizing that simply trying to trade land for an intangible peace promise hasn’t, and won’t, work. The Arabs can’t be trusted to keep their word. Hence, the Israeli oversight.

a capella on May 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

a capella on May 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Oversight? No. Occupation. And if that’s the goal, then fine. However, they should be open about indefinite occupation being their only acceptable course of action.

ernesto on May 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Oversight? No. Occupation. And if that’s the goal, then fine. However, they should be open about indefinite occupation being their only acceptable course of action.

ernesto on May 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM

So you are fine with Israel occupying land that Palestinian Arabs claim so long as Israel is open about it?

MeatHeadinCA on May 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Rand has said that he will campaign for his father. That says to me that he’s not totally his own man.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

There are alot of indications that Rand Paul is alot more like his father than mainstreamers want to beleive. He campaigned for his dad in 2008 afterall, there are videos on youtube of Rand Paul repeating the NAU, Amero, NAFTA Highway Stupid Conspiracy Theory, he supported the very stupid and dangerous “Blowback” excuse for 9/11 in 2008

Just today, like his father, joined the RINO’s in oppossing the Ryan Plan.

I’m not sure you can grow up around Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell and not believe in much of what they say.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM

also, Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell really think the Constitution is a “Statist Document”, Rockwell has wrote alot about this and he and Ron Paul are tied together very closely to this day on the subject.

Basically they think the Founders were Statist enslavers and we need to go back to the Articles of Confederation.

I’m not saying Rand beleives this, but I’m highly suspicious of the possibility and Machevellian political game at play.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Rand has said that he will campaign for his father. That says to me that he’s not totally his own man.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Agreed, but that isn’t saying they are the same or that they hold the same political beliefs. People campaign for others all the time and we don’t assume that about them.

I have reservations about Rand Paul based on his fathers positions but I am willing to credit that he has differentiated himself from his father on Israel.

I want proof before writing him off and I haven’t seen it yet.

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Just today, like his father, joined the RINO’s in oppossing the Ryan Plan.

jp on May 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM

What did he say about that?

I don’t think much of the Ryan plan either because I think it is overly optimistic and doesn’t go far enough.

Do you have a link?

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Maybe we could offer up a Thatcher to Bibi’s Reagan.

davidk on May 24, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Lord knows that I’m working on it.

I heard it. I was so close to turning off the radio for a few minutes because it was making my head hurt having to listen to someone that stupid. I can’t begin to imagine how Rush deals with it.

CurtZHP on May 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM

It was just heartbreaking to listen to. I’m a middle aged white guy from the North. No one ever made me drink from a separate fountain, eat at a separate counter… you know what I mean.

But what the civil rights movement accomplished in the persona of MLK is a shining example of how our nation overcomes its shortcomings in order to extend liberty – no matter how painful.

But there is absolutely no congruity between the thesis of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech and what we are witnessing with Barack Obama as our First Black President – whatever the **** that is supposed to mean.

There are so many that judge Obama solely based on the color of his skin in complete contradiction to his character.

I’m sorry I’m off topic. That whole episode w/ Rush really bothered me – more so after listening to Netanyahu.

But that brings me back to David’s comment above. I do not support Sarah Palin because of her gender, nor do I intend to celebrate the fact that she would be the first female to occupy the office. In fact, I think it utterly irrelevant. I think that she’s the best person for the job. And I think that Netanyahu would sleep a whole hell of a lot better knowing that she were the President of the United States instead of the one we have right now. She has already demonstrated that she has greater camaraderie with him.

Now I am really off topic…

turfmann on May 24, 2011 at 7:10 PM

America is easy to push around.

lexhamfox on May 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Where is OUR Netanyahu?

francesca on May 24, 2011 at 7:15 PM

@raeabileah Does The Islamists Bidding at AIPAC: Continuously Interrupts

DANEgerus on May 24, 2011 at 7:38 PM

So you are fine with Israel occupying land that Palestinian Arabs claim so long as Israel is open about it?

MeatHeadinCA on May 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM

I’m not sure what point ernie is trying to make. That Israel should depend on others to protect them? No two state solution is really valid unless Israel agrees to commit national suicide by offering up their throat? I see no comment on the Hamas charter and Fatah’s apparent embrace of it.

a capella on May 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I’ve got a feevah, and the only RX is more Bibi!

TxAnn56 on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

America is easy to push around.

lexhamfox on May 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Aren’t we, sometimes?

Count to 10 on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Does anyone have a full link that I can watch? I searched and cannot find. Likely scrubbed by the “Can’t Touch Diss” Obama police czar.

Key West Reader on May 24, 2011 at 7:48 PM

lexhamfox on May 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM

So true. Look at Pakistan.

a capella on May 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Where is OUR Netanyahu?

francesca on May 24, 2011 at 7:15 PM

He was on the Senate floor today, filibustering, trying to save our Bill of Rights from death by Republicrat Totalitarianism.

Rae on May 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Does anyone have a full link that I can watch?

Full speech here: Link.

Need to scroll down a bit.

SteveMG on May 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

He was on the Senate floor today, filibustering, trying to save our Bill of Rights from death by Republicrat Totalitarianism.

Rae on May 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

How convenient for him, saved him the trouble of having to hear that Neocon’s speech!

You paultards make me sick.

stefanite on May 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I’m not sure what point ernie is trying to make. That Israel should depend on others to protect them? No two state solution is really valid unless Israel agrees to commit national suicide by offering up their throat? I see no comment on the Hamas charter and Fatah’s apparent embrace of it.

a capella on May 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I assume he wants Jews to go away. To have no homeland. Bcs they don’t have a right to it.
Either that, or he’s living in fantasyland if he thinks they don’t need to have a capable defense.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Here is an odd statement from our State Department.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/may/23/picket-state-department-says-jerusalem-separate-is/

onlineanalyst on May 24, 2011 at 8:44 PM

onlineanalyst on May 24, 2011 at 8:44 PM

When my late father visited Israel in 1960 he could only visit part of Jerusalem-because the other part was bieng desecrated by Jordan.
Jerusalem is par of Israel. Period. End of Story. If I were Bibi-I’d moved the capitol to Jerusalem(which is where the Israeli’s want it) and tell the world to p*ss off!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I heard a good line from NewsBusters’ Jody Miller:
The President wants Israel to go back to its 1967 borders. Israel replied that it would comply if the USA went back to its 1958 borders. Their reasoning–No Hawaii, no US citizenship for Obama, no President Obama.

itsnotaboutme on May 24, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Exit question: You guys sure you want to keep that “Natural Born Citizen” clause in the Constitution? If Bibi jumped into the GOP primary tomorrow, I’m guessing he’d start at around 65 percent in the polls.

Well, we could declare war on Israel, surrender instantly, then “allow” Bibi to boss us around for awhile.

BobMbx on May 24, 2011 at 9:04 PM

If I were Bibi-I’d moved the capitol to Jerusalem(which is where the Israeli’s want it) and tell the world to p*ss off!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Um, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since 1948.

ProfessorMiao on May 24, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Here is an odd statement from our State Department.

onlineanalyst on May 24, 2011 at 8:44 PM

That’s wierd.
And really crappy.
Every day I am more & more embarassed by this admin.
I do not claim them.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Bebe!!

Why couldn’t you have been born here? Or in “Hawaii”…

Khun Joe on May 24, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Because he’s not actually offering a state. He’s offering an autonomous territory, with Israeli military guarding all borders (particularly the international eastern border of the West Bank). That’s not 2 states.

ernesto on May 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Kill yourself first. Then come back and show us how it’s done and we’ll think about it.

May Netanyahu’s call for a terrorist Islamic state in the heart of historical Israel run into the gutter.

Let the Fakestinians drink the waters of Amman.

Regards from Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish nation of Israel.

Shy Guy on May 24, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Exit question: You guys sure you want to keep that “Natural Born Citizen” clause in the Constitution?

If we didn’t change it for Maggie Thatcher, we ain’t gonna change it for Benjamin Netanyahu, fine man that he is.

Knott Buyinit on May 25, 2011 at 12:01 AM

American Jews (70%) now free to support obama again, led by the conspicuously silent Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

Rea1ityCheck on May 25, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Okay Pali-lovers. Lemme break it down for you, Southern style:

Let’s say you live next door to a couple of guys that really hate your guts. In fact, from the moment you moved in, all they could talk about was how they were gonna kick your azz and send you back to where you came from. Shoot, all you wanna do is kick back, enjoy life after working hard all day.

Then, one day, while you were having a cook-out or something to celebrate your birthday, these two guys sneak over to your house and start tearing up your stuff, screaming that they are gonna kill you. Thankfully, your BBQ guests are pretty good at self defense and their plans are foiled.

You sue them in Court and get a judgment, fair and square. You execute on the judgment by taking their only asset: the house next door. It’s a pretty good set-up cause your former neighbors, Mr. H and Mr. F have to move cross town so it’s harder to mess with you.

Imagine your surprise when Mr. F. and Mr. F go back to another Court and convince a judge that, if they just get their house back, they will leave you alone and live in peace. To make matters worse, they even convince the Judge to give them access to your yard to get to the bus stop at the corner. All this while they continually tell your neighbors that they hate your guts and want to kill you.

Hey Ernesto, would you be cool with this?

BigAlSouth on May 25, 2011 at 6:37 AM

My take.

kingsjester on May 25, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Ahhh, brings back memories of when our Presidents loved America.

MNHawk on May 25, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Hey Ernesto, would you be cool with this?

BigAlSouth on May 25, 2011 at 6:37 AM

If you were a Jew?
Certainly.

Badger40 on May 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Yes, Bibi should compromise, with the original Palestinian Mandate which was confirmed by the League of Nations on 24 July 1922 and went into law on 26 September 1923. The compromise should allow Jordan to exist with slightly smaller borders than it presently has. (The entire west bank becomes part of Israel.) And Syria continues to lack the Golan Heights. That’s not a starting point. That is an ending point of negotiations. Otherwise Jordan vanishes, all its people must leave and Israel takes the original mandate that was originally granted to them and illegally stripped from them.

Yes, I am getting THAT disgusted with those mucking fuslims.

{^_^}

herself on May 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Oversight? No. Occupation. And if that’s the goal, then fine. However, they should be open about indefinite occupation being their only acceptable course of action.

ernesto on May 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Hey Ernesto…some guy wants to move in next door, he states that he wants to kill each member of your family, and eventually take your house by force if necessary. He doesn’t even think you should own that house. He drives by once a month and shoots into your house, and has killed your dog, and threw a party celebrating the death, and stating that you are next.
Do you want him to move in next door?

right2bright on May 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Ted c, 5:04 – excellent post.

Alana on May 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM

slickwillie2001 on May 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

It appeared that Joe may have just picked a booger out of his nose and possibly couldn’t clap at that very moment.
I wouldn’t be surprised.

skeedro on May 25, 2011 at 4:35 PM

That wasn’t Benjamin Netanyahu speaking. That was Congress speaking.

That wasn’t Congress speaking

That was Congress covering their butts from Obama blowback

Some of the right sided with Netanyahu. Most of the left sides with Obama, but a person’s got to make a living, so luckily for all, Netanyahu gives a speech for CSPAN or whatever, so they can do some vigorous camera clapping

If Congress was speaking, they would have been giving Netanyahu’s speech themselves, but this is safer.

Got to say, Bibi is a player. I also believe he is sincere. His side gets almost no play in a normal Congressional day, so he took what he could get.

Imagine what Congress would/could do if they were really on Bibi’s side.

entagor on May 26, 2011 at 3:18 AM

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