Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a powerful speech before Congress on Tuesday decrying the Obama administration’s move to reach a treaty deal with Iran on nuclear energy and weapons. His speech was well received by Congressional Republicans and Israeli’s, while being panned by Democrats and Iranians. Interesting dichotomy, no? Republicans and Israeli’s are pro-Israel, while Democrats and Iranians are anti-Israel.
Here are some of the reactions to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech.
“Keep in mind that when we [inaudible] to that interim deal, Prime Minister Netanyahu made almost the precise same speech about how dangerous that deal was going to be, and yet over a year later, even Israeli intelligence officers — and, in some cases, members of the Israeli government — have to acknowledge that, in fact, it has kept Iran from further pursuing its nuclear program…
Prime Minister Netanyahu has not offered any kind of viable alternative that would achieve the same verifiable mechanism to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
Supporters called the speech one of the best of the prime minister’s political career. Others said that it was rousing and demonstrated the support that Israel and Netanyahu enjoy in Congress, but that the address offered no new way to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
The speech and its visuals — particularly of standing ovations — could help propel Netanyahu to a historic fourth term as prime minister in upcoming elections. However, it is less likely to derail a possible deal with Iran being negotiated by the United States and five other world powers.
The staging was unbelievable, the whole thing has an air of unbelievability to this because this seems like the Republican response to the SOTU, in some ways. A foreign policy Republican response to an Obama SOTU…
On a grand scale. You don’t get a Republican response like that to a SOTU. The interesting thing for me is that the topic, the text was Iran, but subtext was Obama – the target of this speech was President Obama, John Kerry and their negotiators and basically his message to congress was, “do not trust Obama get a good deal.” “He is too naive.” Despite about all of the rhetoric Kelly pointed out, Obama’s done this for Israel, that for Israel, but you can not trust them to do this.
“Israel is and has always been America’s friend and ally. I was pleased to hear Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today, and join him in calling for peace and standing together for our mutual interests. It is important to work together to prevent a nuclear Iran, and the spread of Radical Islam.”
Obama Admin's negotiations w/ Iran have been a failure. We must stand united with Israel to prevent a nuclear Iran! pic.twitter.com/oChCal0DOO
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 3, 2015
The acquisition of nuclear weapons by a state dedicated to a jihadist ideology is not acceptable. Iran should not be permitted to have any nuclear energy, yet the deal being pressed by the Obama administration would pave the way for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
I applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making the case against this deal before a joint meeting of Congress today. Israel is a staunch ally of the United States, and we share a mutual interest in preventing Iran from expanding its influence and exporting jihad throughout the Middle East.
Congress needs to reject this deal and impose tough sanctions on Iran. Iran will not abandon its nuclear program unless the costs of keeping it outweigh the benefit that Iran would get from acquiring a nuclear arsenal.
“Powerful message from Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו. Glad he addressed Congress & detailed the dangers a nuclear Iran poses. Their nuclear program must be stopped.”
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