It’s good to see two adults together for once.
Commentators analyze Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent appearances on U.S. TV.
Watch the whole thing:
Bibi came on Fox News to talk about the threats being posed by Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah because no one in the White House or in the Democrat-controlled media will.
Bibi talks about Syria’s chemical weapons and the recent murder of Israelis in Bulgaria. He reiterates that Hezbollah/Iran were behind it. He says the evidence is “rock solid,” “absolute certainty and not a shred of doubt.” He also says that the so-called ‘talks’ with Iran haven’t done a thing towards stopping Iran’s nuclear plans. And more…
Jul 22, 2012 by RightSightings – With Civil War raging in Syria, and Israel charging Iran was behind a bombing that killed five tourists, Chris Wallace is joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to a compelling interview to expose the truth, and to determine which steps need to be taken to avoid further death in the future.
Bibi fingers Hezbollah and Iran.
Jews around the world will begin celebrating the festive holiday of Purim tomorrow. Tellingly, PM Benjamin Netanyahu saw it fitting to present President Obama with the scroll (Megillat Esther) that chronicles the Jews’ victory over Persia – today known as Iran – and the evil Haman who tried to annihilate the Jews some 2,500 years ago.
WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed U.S. President Barack Obama a gift on Monday that spoke volumes about Israel’s tensions with Iran – an ancient Hebrew tome about a Persian plot to annihilate Jews.
It’s called the Scroll of Esther, a tale of palace intrigue featuring a Jewish beauty who charms a Persian king into foiling an evil adviser’s genocidal plans for her people some 2,500 years ago.
“Then too, they wanted to wipe us out,” Netanyahu told Obama, according to an Israeli official.
Jews gather in synagogues on Wednesday to read the scroll, popularly known as Megillat Esther, on the Jewish costume holiday of Purim, a celebration of salvation and of turning the tables on one’s foes.
“And the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and with slaughter and destruction, and did what they would unto them that hated them,” one of the verses says.
Netanyahu, who has called Iran’s nuclear program a threat to Israel’s existence, made a point of telling reporters after his White House meeting with the president that he had given the Megillah to Obama.
The Israeli leader, in a frosty meeting with Obama last May, lectured the president on Jewish history and criticized his approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Netanyahu has also invoked the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed, in citing the dangers he says a nuclear-armed Iran – the modern-day Persia – would pose.
The international community won’t fall into the trap – it will dive into it head first. And Barack Hussein Obama will be at the head of the line.
Times of Israel – OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday the international community should not fall into the “trap” of renewed nuclear talks with Iran and said the international community should make its demands clear.
In comments after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Netanyahu said Iran could try to evade pressure by entering talks and pursue and exploit the talks, as it has done in the past.
Netanyahu also will meet with US President Barack Obama on Monday, and Iran will be a major concern.
“Right now, Iran is feeling the pressure from the economic sanctions, and it could try to evade that pressure by entering talks,” Netanyahu said.
“I think the international community should not fall into this trap. I think the demands on Iran should be clear: Dismantle the underground nuclear facility in Qom, stop enrichment inside Iran and get all the enriched material out of Iran. And when I say all the material, I mean all the material.”
ZOA, The Zionist Organization of America, presented Glenn Beck with the prestigious ‘Defender of Israel Award’ on Sunday.
Well deserved, too, I might add. Those who watch Glenn on his new GBTV network, know very well that he is fighting the good fight every single day.
No public media figure stands up straighter than Glenn Beck in his defense of Israel and the Jewish people. In every show, Glenn updates his audience on the stories that the mainstream media either ignores regarding Israel and anti-Semitism, or fabricates through their anti-Israel bias. Congratulations, Glenn, and fight on!
The Blaze – On Sunday, Glenn Beck was honored in New York City at the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner for his ardent defense of Israel. But the ZOA wasn‘t the only one singing Beck’s praises. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also recognized Beck’s efforts.
“I also want to congratulate Glenn Beck for winning the … defender of Israel Award,” Netanyahu said. “Glenn … you stand for a lot. You too have been fearless in defending Israel against the slanders that are hurled against [it]. You’ve done that with considerable personal cost, but you’ve never backed off, you’ve never flinched, you’ve never walked away. And I want to tell you how deeply we appreciate this stand of courage and integrity.”
Here is an excellent interview Glenn did with Benjamin Netanyahu back in 2006.
Noisy Room has a good write-up on the evening.
Below is part of Glenn Beck’s speech he gave at his 3rd ‘Restoring Courage’ rally in Jerusalem this summer that I attended. For more of this terrific speech and my personal observations of the rally, click here.
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France’s Sarkozy wrote a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu in response to the passing away of Netanyahu’s father-in-law. In the letter he referenced his callous attack on Bibi while on a hot mike.
“Dear Binyamin, let me also tell you on this occasion: You have my friendship, and our differing views on the problems of the Middle East, and the interpretations appearing in the media, have no effect on it.”
No apology, of course. And none from his cohort in backstabbing, Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, over in Brussels, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe warned Netanyahu not to try to save Israel from nuclear annihilation.
France has ruled out the military option in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe warned Monday that such a move send events into “an uncontrollable spiral,” Reuters reported
This is what passes for statesmanship in these gutless times we live in. It is 1938, and once again the Jews are completely alone.
May Bibi heed the warning of the great Eric Hoffer, who, way back in 1968 after seeing how the world completely abandoned the young Jewish State, wrote the following in the LA Times:
“No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on … We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us… The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources.
Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us …. I have the premonition that will not leave me: as it goes for Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel Perish, the holocaust will be upon us.”
— Eric Hoffer, LA Times 5/26/68
Sarkozy, who sent a condolence letter to Netanyahu for the death of his father-in-law Shmuel Ben-Artzi, took the opportunity to apologize for the incident and pledged his friendship to the Prime Minister.
“Dear Binyamin, let me also tell you on this occasion: You have my friendship, and our differing views on the problems of the Middle East, and the interpretations appearing in the media, have no effect on it,” Sarkozy wrote Netanyahu.
More Americans prefer Bibi over B.O..
Heh. Can’t blame-em.
Benjamin Netanyahu is absolutely more pro-American, more patriotic, and more versed in the U.S. Constitution than Barack Hussein Obama. He is smarter, more qualified, more experienced, and a true Statesman.
Bibi’s address back in April to a joint session of congress, where he received 31 standing ovations, clearly demonstrated his love and respect for the United States. Barack Obama would never, could never, give such an unabashed, pro-American speech.
The poll has many more interesting findings. Among them:
Jerusalem Post – [...] Respondents characterized Israel as “one of our strongest allies” (68%) and a “democracy” (66%) while rejecting the notion that Israel is “extremist” (61%) or “responsible for the violence” (65%).
Over half of those polled – 56% – consider Palestinians to be “extremist” and an “obstacle to peace,” and 55% do not consider Palestinians to be “victims.”
Still, it says a lot that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas scored 26.8, Hama 19.5, and Hezbollah an average score of 20.1.
Arutz Sheva – Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is enjoying more popularity in the United States than President Barack Obama, a new poll indicates.
The results of the poll, which was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, were published on Thursday by Israel’s Channel 10 News. It involved 800 U.S. citizens who were asked to answer several questions related to Israel, the United States and the Palestinian Authority.
Netanyahu received an average score of 52.3 in the poll, compared to only 51.5 which Obama received. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas scored 26.8 while his rival Hamas received an average score of 19.5. The Lebanon-based Hizbullah terror group received an average score of 20.1.
Most of the respondents – 60% – said they believe Netanyahu is making efforts to achieve a peace agreement with the PA. Of these, 11% said that the Prime Minister is making enormous efforts to achieve peace.
Conversely, 52% of respondents thought that Abbas does not aspire to reach peace with Israel through negotiations. Of these, 15% said that Abbas has been making no attempt to negotiate with Israel and 39% said that Abbas is making efforts to reach a peace agreement.
The poll also found that Israel’s popularity has increased among Americans and is at its highest since 2007. The main factor which led to the increase in support for Israel was Abbas’ unilateral statehood bid at the United Nations in September. A majority of respondents, 60%, expressed warm feelings toward the Jewish state, while only 15% said they had cool feelings towards Israel. (more >>>)
Related Bibi posts:
- Bibi Netanyahu and Barack Hussein Obama: compare and contrast
- Benjamin Netanyahu socks it to the UN, Iran, and Israel’s critics
- Bill Clinton puts all blame for lack of peace deal on Netanyahu
- Stephen Harper and Benjamin Netanyahu exchange warm greetings
- Obama with Turkey’s Erdogan all smiles; with Netanyahu not a one
- NY Times’ Friedman lashes out again at Netanyahu, blames him for all of Israel’s (and Obama’s) troubles
- Bibi visits grave of brother Yoni, fallen hero of Entebbe raid
Speaking in front of the UN General Assembly yesterday, Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrated that he is the only world leader with the courage to speak the truth. He not only did Israel proud, but all people who embrace liberty, freedom, and justice.
In the next clip, Bibi castigates the media “whose sense of history extends beyond breakfast table.” He also tries to explain to dim-witted how small and vulnerable Israel is.
In this clip, Bibi discusses the threat of radical Islam, and especially Iran, not just to Israel, but to the entire world.
video via The Blaze
Here is a big chunk of the speech, most of which deals with the making of peace – the history of the conflict, the facts on the ground, Mahmoud Abbas’s intransigence, and Netanyahu’s offer to begin talks immediately, right there in the UN, that very day. For the entire speech you can watch it at Rightscoop. It really is excellent.
Regarding Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, Colonel Allen West tweeted the following: (h/t Weasel Zippers)
Finally, this is worth reviewing. It is Benjamin Netanyahu on Glenn Beck’s show back in March of 2009. This was before Bibi became Prime Minister. Netanyahu off the cuff is even better than in the formal setting of a speech. This clip deals mostly with Iran, but there are some interesting asides as well.
Bill Clinton just won’t go away. Democrats never do. He’s just like Jimmy Carter. Obama will be the same, count on it. Republicans retire gracefully from office, Democrats are so in love with power, they just keep making asses out of themselves.
Clinton is a bore and an incoherent fool who thinks he’s still relevant. He is attacking Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a concerted effort by Liberals to hold on to their Jewish base.
In this sentence alone you can tell what a fool he is. He said:
“For reasons that even after all these years I still don’t know for sure, Arafat turned down the deal I put together that Barak accepted.”
Good grief, man! That’s the whole point! It’s not about land. It has never been about land! It’s about destroying Israel and killing Jews. What a jackass.
Clinton ignores the FACT that Mahmoud Abbas refuses to accept the Jewish State. He ignores Hamas. He ignores the rockets and terrorist attacks. But most of all, he ignores the will of the Israeli people, who know that the PLO hasn’t changed one bit.
It’s vitally important to remember, too, that it was Bill Clinton who essentially orchestrated a coup d’état in Israel to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu the first time he was PM. Clinton wanted someone in office who would surrender everything to him and the terrorists. So he and the State Dept. put all they had into getting rid of Netanyahu. It worked, but Arafat screwed both Clinton and the loser Barack, who no one in Israel likes or respects.
Now, Obama is trying the same trick. He and Hillary Clinton’s State Department are once again trying to dislodge Netanyahu through various Soros-linked front groups working inside Israel, and using demented old perverts like Bill Clinton outside.
The Cable (h/t Weasel Zippers) — Who’s to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process? Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power, and whose rise represents a key reason there has been no Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Clinton, in a roundtable with bloggers today on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, gave an extensive recounting of the deterioration in the Middle East peace process since he pressed both parties to agree to a final settlement at Camp David in 2000. He said there are two main reasons for the lack of a comprehensive peace today: the reluctance of the Netanyahu administration to accept the terms of the Camp David deal and a demographic shift in Israel that is making the Israeli public less amenable to peace.
“The two great tragedies in modern Middle Eastern politics, which make you wonder if God wants Middle East peace or not, were [Yitzhak] Rabin’s assassination and [Ariel] Sharon’s stroke,” Clinton said.
. . . ”The Israelis always wanted two things that once it turned out they had, it didn’t seem so appealing to Mr. Netanyahu. They wanted to believe they had a partner for peace in a Palestinian government, and there’s no question — and the Netanyahu government has said — that this is the finest Palestinian government they’ve ever had in the West Bank,” Clinton said.
“[Palestinian leaders] have explicitly said on more than one occasion that if [Netanyahu] put up the deal that was offered to them before — my deal — that they would take it,” Clinton said, referring to the 2000 Camp David deal that Yasser Arafat rejected.
“For reasons that even after all these years I still don’t know for sure, Arafat turned down the deal I put together that Barak accepted,” he said. “But they also had an Israeli government that was willing to give them East Jerusalem as the capital of the new state of Palestine.” (more Clinton idiocy >>)
Yo, Clinton, how do you make peace with this lunatic, huh?
Elliott Abrams takes on Clinton and his partison, revisionist history at the Weekly Standard.
…The errors and misstatements in Clinton’s interview with bloggers are sufficient to change his reputation from that of a firm supporter of Israel into that of a firm supporter of Israelis who agree with his twisted version of the facts. Clinton simply blames the Israeli right for killing peace efforts. He appears entirely—in fact, embarrassingly— unaware of what has actually happened to the Israeli right over the last ten years, where the change has been extraordinary. (more >>>)
Also, YidwithLid demolishes Clinton’s lies here.
Netanyahu was asked to respond to some of Clinton’s absurd accusations. Bibi kept his answer diplomatic, saying…
The Cable – [...] Netanyahu shot back at Clinton when asked about the remarks in an interview with ABC News.
“I respectfully disagree,” Netanyahu said. “The Palestinians are basically trying to shortcut this. They’re trying to get a state without giving us peace, without giving us security.”
“President Clinton knows very well [that] in 2000 at Camp David … who really made the generous offer and the Palestinians refused to come,” he said. “I’m sure that President Bush can tell you what happened at Camp David a few years later, when another Israeli prime minister made a generous offer, and the Palestinians refused to come.”
When asked if he had moved the goalposts, Netanyahu said, “Not at all.”
Here are two longtime friends. Compare their warmth and smiles with this meeting. Stephen Harper is a real leader, and Canada is lucky to have him. Unlike Obama who can never make up his mind until forced to at the last minute, Harper has been clear on his stance about unilateral statehood for the Fakestinians for months.
Listen closely and you can hear Bibi joke to Harper that the two countries have much in common, “Roughly the same size, the same amount of water, same amount of lumber….”
The two met in the UN after Harper met senior business leaders at the New York Stock Exchange, The Canadian Press reported.
Harper, a longtime supporter of Israel, told journalists before the meeting he was going to talk with Netanyahu about the “terrific” Canada-Israel relationship in areas such as the economy, culture, and “some of the great challenges” now being debated at the UN, referring to the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral statehood bid.
“I would be remiss, without delving too much into what is going on here, to say we all do look forward to the day when the two sides are at the bargaining table and making the tough decisions that are necessary to have two peaceful and secure democratic states,” Harper was quoted by CP as saying.
Netanyahu responded by saying that Israel knows that nobody wants Middle East peace more “than our friends in Canada and our friend, the prime minister.”
He added that Israel and Canada have “the same heart, the same values. And that I say with great appreciation — for your stance, for your conviction, for your friendship.”
Netanyahu said, “I share, too, your desire to resume direct negotiations for peace and get on with it. Because the only way we can finish peace negotiations is by beginning peace negotiations. And I know that we’ll have your support in our quest for peace and security.”
On Tuesday before he left for New York, Harper clarified that Canada will staunchly back Israel against the Palestinian Authority’s attempt for unilateral statehood recognition.
President Obama is making the rounds at the UN. Every picture tells a story, as they say.
Here’s Obama with new Mid-East bad boy, Turkey’s jerky PM, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Here’s Barack and Bibi the following day.
(photos via Weasel Zippers)
Now click on the below to watch one of the most painful interviews you’ve seen since, well, since the last time you saw these two leaders together. No smiles from Obama, just grim seriousness. He hated being there. It’s written all over his pained face. Bibi was equally uncomfortable. Both men looked like they were passing kidney stones.
Compare with this easy-going exchange between Netanyahu and Canada’s terrific PM, Stephen Harper the same day. Here the two men exchange a little joke.
NY Slimes mental case, Thomas Friedman, has dispatched another lie-infested bunch of baloney against Israel and especially, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Essentially, Friedman blames Netanyahu for all of Israel’s woes, and insists that if only Israel would bend over and take it up the tush from all of Her neighbors, then Israel would win the undying, phony, worthless sympathy of Liberal jackasses like him, of whom Friedman believes are the only people on the planet with a clue.
He ignores the facts entirely, and offers no criticism whatsoever of Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO, Hamas, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, or the Obama regime. This is the same lunatic who said that the Tea Party is the “Hezbollah faction” of the GOP.
No, Friedman insists that it’s all Bibi’s fault, and, furthermore, if Iran develops nuclear weapons, that, too, is Netanyahu’s doing and problem, and Obama is utterly guiltless. A nuclear Iran, to his reasoning, is strictly an Israeli problem, one brought on by Netanyahu’s intransigence. This is what passes for genius at the NY Times.
Friedman, like his moronic co-worker, Paul Krugman, has spent his entire career being wrong, and for doing so, has been repeatedly rewarded by fawning Liberals and Israel-haters everywhere. The best thing Israel and Netanyahu could ever do, is the exact opposite of whatever fatuous knuckleheads like Friedman exhort.
Yo, Tom. Here’s Abbas just two weeks ago in his own words, proving that you are nothing but a 5th column useful idiot that lives in a Liberal, elitist fantasy world. Put this in your peace pipe and stick it up your own tush, you shmuck.
Jerusalem Post – New York Times columnist and former Middle East correspondent Thomas Friedman wrote Sunday that the current Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, is “the most diplomatically inept and strategically incompetent” in Israel’s history and has put the country in a “very dangerous situation.”
The latest in a number of columns critical of Netanyahu’s policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians published in the past year, Friedman accuses the prime minister of having a “do nothing” strategy in order to avoid going against right wing elements in his coalition.
In addition, the former NY Times Jerusalem bureau chief echoes statements attributed to Robert Gates last week, in which the former US defense secretary said that Netanyahu is an “ungrateful ally” to the United States.
The prime minister, Friedman writes, calls upon the US to “stop Iran’s nuclear program and help Israel out of every pickle, but make[s] sure that [US President Barack] Obama can’t ask for anything in return – like halting Israeli settlements.”
Netanyahu, he suggests, has engaged in a mobilization of US Congressional Republicans and American Jewish leadership to publicly “suggest that Obama is hostile to Israel,” all-the-while getting the Israel lobby “to hammer anyone in the administration or Congress” that is critical of the prime minister.
Engaging in internal American political battles, he writes, is Netanyahu’s strategy.
Although expressing “great sympathy for Israel’s strategic dilemma” and saying he has no delusions about its enemies, Friedman says that Israel is not helping its friends like Obama with any tools to help defend it.
Israel should, he writes, make “a peace overture that fair-minded people would recognize as serious, and thereby reduce its isolation.”
In perhaps his strongest rebuke, however, Friedman concludes that Israel “does not have a leader” capable of making such moves.
Now for a dose of reality:
And, of course, no Tom Friedman post is complete without this from Israel’s terrific satire site, Latma.
Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to go to the United Nations and speak before the General Assembly in a last ditch effort to keep that disgusting institution from making a horrible mistake. It’s understandable, but futile. The UN is corrupt and evil, and beyond redemption.
Jerusalem Post – After weeks of deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that he would go to United Nations General Assembly meeting next week to discuss the Palestinian statehood bid.
Speaking at a press conference with visiting Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas, Netanyahu said he will “speak the truth to those who want to hear it” at the UN General Assembly.
Netanyahu said that the General Assembly is not “the place where Israel generally gets reasonable hearing,” but it was nonetheless important to present Israel’s position.
For weeks there was internal debate inside the Prime Minister’s Office whether he should go, or whether Israel should be represented by President Shimon Peres.
One government official said only this week that the decision would be based on whether Netanyahu felt he could have any impact on the European countries whose position on the matter has yet to be decided.
The prime minister also called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to go to bring the matter to the UN, but rather to return to peace negotiations with Israel. (more >>>)
I hope Bibi told the witch to sit on her broomstick.
What chutzpah. She should be demanding that Turkey apologize, not Israel. They sent the terrorist ship. What a loathesome hag.
The very notion that Israel has anything to apologize for is absurd. But, that is Obama-Hillary foreign policy in a nutshell – apologize and pander to your enemies, knife your friends.
UPDATE: It gets worse. According to Israel Today, quoting the Israeli paper, Yediot, Obama even threatened Benjamin Netanyahu that if Israel does not apologize as Clinton demands, the White House may just decide not to do anything about the PLO’s declaration of statehood at the UN.
Israel Today [...] What’s worse, the Obama Administration’s pressure on Israel – the party it agrees is in the right – has also reportedly come in the form of a threat.
According to the Israeli diplomats cited in the Yediot report, they were told that if Israel does not comply with Clinton’s request to apologize to Turkey, the White House may suddenly find itself unable to continue building opposition to a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood at the UN next month.
“God forbid we apologize,” declared Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon at a conference of Likud activists on Tuesday.
Demonstrating a firm understanding of Israel’s regional antagonists, Ya’alon, a former IDF chief, noted that Erdogan “will never let go, even after we apologize.”
What a bunch of immoral thugs.
Arutz Sheva – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has turned down U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s requests and will not apologize to Turkey for the IDF’s counter terrorist action that killed nine IHH terror activists in the flotilla clash a year ago, Army Radio reported Wednesday.
Senior members of the Cabinet have strongly opposed the apology that Turkey has demanded and they said that if anyone should say he is sorry, it should be Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His country has funded and encouraged the IHH-terror linked organization in its effort to engage the IDF in conflict on the high seas by trying to challenge Israel’s sovereignty over the coastal waters of Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Likud Ministers Benny Begin and Moshe Ya’alon, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu and Interior Minister Eli Yishai of Shas have said that Israel has nothing to apologize for.
The Obama administration has been anxious to improve ties between Jerusalem and Ankara, which was friendly with Israel for two decades until the three-week counter terrorist Operation Cast Lead campaign in the winter of 2008-2009.
A United Nations report by the Palmer investigation committee is due to be published next week, but previously released reports stated that it determined Israel’s actions as legal but disproportionate. The report also is expected to partly blame Turkey for the confrontation, a charge that has caused Erdogan to work to suppress the report.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s refusal to apologize is bound to anger the Obama administration, but its foreign policy clout continues to be diminished. President Barack Obama so far has failed to keep the Palestinian Authority from moving ahead with its proposal to ask the United Nations to recognize it is an independent country, a move that would officially negate the moribund American-led diplomatic process.
Washington also has failed to have any effect on Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose army and secret police continue to brutalize the civilian uprising now that began more than three months ago. His forces have murdered at least 2,000 people and arrested more than 20,000, many of them having “disappeared.”
At the beginning of the uprising, Clinton called Assad a “reformer.”
Today is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day.
In commemoration of the city’s liberation, Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem and reaffirmed that the city will never be divided, and that Israel will continue to build it up.
Jerusalem Post - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel will continue to build and develop Jerusalem and the city will never be divided, in a speech at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem on Tuesday night.
“We need to continue our actions, to continue the building [and to continue] the development,” the prime minister said in a speech ahead of Jerusalem Day at the yeshiva that has played a great role in the growth of religious Zionism.
Israel, Netanyahu said, “is in a great struggle but we have [made] significant accomplishments. Forty-four years ago, IDF soldiers realized the prophets’ vision and returned Jerusalem to its proper place.”
The prime minister added, “A Jerusalem will never be divided,” adding, “There’s nothing more holy to us than Jerusalem, we’ll protect Jerusalem, it’s unity, and we’ll build and develop it.”
Next year, Netanyahu said, “Jerusalem will be even more [built up].”
More on Bibi’s speech at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva here.
Here is Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech he delivered at AIPAC on Tuesday. Bibi looked relaxed and like he really enjoyed being among friends. He begins by speaking about the terrible catastrophes that have hit the American Midwest, and says that, “America we are with you. On this day, on every day.”
There were some interruptions by the Leftist freaks of Code Pink, but they were silenced by roars of applause for Netanyahu, and quickly escorted out. Losers.
Bibi spoke mostly about his and the Israeli people’s love and admiration for America and kept politics to a minimum, saying he’d speak about such matters when he addresses the joint session of congress.
Netanyahu comes across as honestly more pro-American, and more patriotic than Obama ever has. He explained that the U.S. – Israel relationship is not a one-way street, and that Israel also contributes much good to the United States. ”Support for Israel,” he says, “does not divide America. It unites America. Young and old. Liberal and Conservative. Democrat and Republican…”
He delivers numerous crowd pleasers that earn standing ovations, like his insistence on a united Jerusalem. If the speech could be summed up in a sentence, it would be that current events demonstrate that the problems in the Middle East are not, and never have been because of Israel. Rather, they are due to an absences of true democracy and freedom.
This little story and video gives me more hope than anything Bibi might actually say. That 5 of the 10 people that seem to have Bibi’s ear are kippah-wearing, religious Zionists – at least outwardly – warms the cockles of my heart. It’s comforting to know that this large and growing segment of Israelis has a voice at the table.
Such a thing would have been almost unheard of for decades in Israel, as for the majority of the country’s history the government was in the firm hold of the militantly secular socialist Labour party. I think the choke hold began to break after the 1977 surprise upset electoral victory of Menachem Begin that ended three decades of Labour Party political dominance.
Israel is and will remain a mostly secular country for years to come, just not so aggressively so, in my humble opinion. Unlike Europe, and increasingly in America, unfortunately, even a majority of secular Israelis tend to believe in G-d, and still participate in some manner in many of the historical traditions of Judaism. In my optimism, I believe that Israel is finding a comfortable middle-ground that will continue to unite Israelis of all types. I hope so, anyway. Jewish history has demonstrated time and again that united we stand and divided we fall.
Arutz Sheva - Video of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s consultation with his most trusted aides immediately after President Barack Obama’s speech to AIPAC Sunday shows that kippah-wearers comprise half of the inner circle.
Netanyahu was in Washington Sunday but did not attend the speech. Channel 2 television quoted a source in his bureau as saying that no meaning should be read into this fact, and that Netanyahu’s schedule had originally called for him to be in New York during the speech.
Netanyahu’s bureau released soundless video of his consultation, immediately after Obama’s speech, with top aides including former Ambassador to the U.S. Dore Gold, NSC Chief Yaakov Amidror and Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser.
Netanyahu seems tired and wears a look of somewhat grim determination. Little information can be gleaned from the short video but it is hard not to notice that five of the ten heads in the confab have knit kippahs on them, signaling that Jews who — at least outwardly — identify with the religious Zionist camp currently wield unprecedented influence in the circle surrounding Israel’s leading official.
While Netanyahu is a secular Jew, it is interesting that as Israel comes under increasing global pressure to concede territory to terrorists, he surrounds himself with Jews who, at least as far as appearances go, are religious.
The State of Israel was founded by a secular socialist leadership. In 1977, the non-socialist but secular party Likud took the reins. In recent decades, the Muslim Middle East, which also had its share of secular and socialist leaders, has become more openly influenced by religion. A similar trend of teshuvah (return to Judaism) is said to be taking place in Israel.
A picture speaks a 1000 words as they say. Here are Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Hussein Obama at around the same age.
From Wikipedia – Attended high school and college in the states. B.S. degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1975, a M.S. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977, and studied political science at Harvard University and MIT.
In 1967 after he graduated from high school Netanyahu returned to Israel to enlist in the IDF. He served as a combat soldier and a commander in Sayeret Matkal, the elite special forces unit of the IDF.
Netanyahu participated and was wounded in the rescue mission from the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in 1972, and fought in the Yom Kippur War at the Suez Canal and in the Golan Heights.
Bibi’s elder brother, Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu, is a national hero. He was the commander of the famous Operation Entebbe in Uganda that rescued 102 hostages. Yonatan was killed in action during the operation on July 4, 1976, the only soldier to fall during the miraculous mission.
Netanyahu served as Foreign Minister and Finance Minister, and was elected Prime Minister twice, including now. Israel’s economic wonder is due in large part to the reforms and policies he enacted as Finance Minister between 2003-2006.
Barack Hussein Obama
Spent his entire youth doing drugs and hanging out with radical Leftists.
Attended Colombia and Harvard, but no one knows how, and all his papers and grades are in lock down.
Got elected to office by deceiving the American people, and with the help a fawning media that refused to acknowledge or examine his extremist ties and radical roots.
Here’s a great video of Benjamin Netanyahu at age 28. He went by a different name in this, but it’s Bibi. You can see how well-spoken he was even back then, and how nothing has changed in the Middle East in all these years. The same problem remains: The Arab refusal to recognize Israel.
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Benjamin Netanyahu visited the grave of his heroic brother, Yonatan Netanyahu in advance of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day that commemorates the over 22,682 soldiers who have died defending the Jewish State of Israel from the Islamonazi hoards hellbent on the country’s annihilation.
Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan ‘Yoni’ Netanyahu, was the commander of the elite Israeli army commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. He was killed on July 4th 1976, during “Operation Thunderbolt,” the daring hostage rescue mission on Idi Amin’s Uganda Entebbe airport, where 105 Jewish airline passengers from Air France Flight #139 were being held captive by Fakestinian and German terrorists.
Many aren’t aware of the truly terrific and inspiring book, “The Letters of Yonatan Netanyahu“. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend doing so.
Author Herman Wouk described the letters as a “remarkable work of literature, possibly one of the great documents of our time.”
Even the NY Times wrote at the time that the letters give a “convincing portrayal of a talented, sensitive man of our times who might have excelled at many things yet chose clearsightedly to devote himself to the practice and mastery of the art of war, not because he liked to kill or wanted to, but because he knew that, as always in human history, good is no match for evil without the power to physically defend itself.”
The letters show a side of the courageous and highly intelligent and pensive brother that most are unaware of.
Among the many letters to his little brother, Benjamin, are these words written on Dec. 2, 1973:
“We’re preparing for war, and it’s hard to know what to expect. What I’m positive of is that there will be a next round, and others after that. But I would rather opt for living here in continual battle than for becoming part of the wandering Jewish people. Any compromise will simply hasten the end. As I don’t intend to tell my grandchildren about the Jewish State in the twentieth century as a mere brief and transient episode in thousands of years of wandering, I intend to hold on here with all my might.”
I hope that while Bibi was at his brother’s grave he took a deep look into his soul, and with the summer and fall of troubles headed Israel’s way (courtesy of the Obama Administration), asked himself, ‘What would Yoni do?’
Arutz Sheva – The prime minister Saturday night visited the grave of his brother, Entebbe hero Yonatan Netanyahu, in advance of Memorial Day for the fallen of Israel’s wars Sunday night and Monday.
Sarah, the wife of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and their two sons Yair and Avner accompanied him to the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, where they lit a candle in memory of “Yoni,” the commander of the daring rescue operation 35 years ago.
He was the only soldier that was killed in Operation Entebbe, which still is used to teach counterterrorism classes.
“Every family that mourns a relative who fell in battle has a dear memory that remains forever,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “On Memorial Day, all of the People of Israel unite in recognition and thanks to those who gave their lives for the establishment and continuation of the State of Israel.”
The office of the prime minister explained that the visit to the cemetery was advanced by one day in order to avoid inconvenience to the public on Memorial Day, when a large security detail would have delayed the thousands of people who visit Mount Herzl cemetery on Memorial Day.
Here’s a video of an interview of a longtime friend of Yonatan’s whose life Yoni had saved. He named his daughter after Yoni.
Here is a charming dramatic impersonation of Yonatan from the YU Israel Club, in conjunction with the Dramatics Society.
Watch an interesting historical digital reenactment of the Raid on Entebbe.
Here’s a 2010 video of everything coming to a standstill in an open air Jerusalem market on Yom HaZikaron as a siren wails to commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives to protect the Jewish State from Islamobarbarians.
Finally, here is a touching tribute to the soldiers of the IDF for Yom HaZikaron
Speaker of the House John Boehner is inviting Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress in May.
Netanyahu will be in the United States May 22-24 to speak at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington.
It is too much to ask that he speak the raw truth and tell it like is – that the Arabs are not interested in peace and never will be.
The Hill - Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress when he travels to the United States next month, the Speaker’s office said Thursday.
Netanyahu will be in the United States May 22-24 to speak at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual policy conference in Washington.
“It will be a great honor for Congress to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu next month as part of his official visit to the United States,” Boehner said. “America and Israel are the closest of friends and allies, and we look forward to hearing the prime minister’s views on how we can continue working together for peace, freedom, and stability.”
Netanyahu last visited Congress in March 2010, when he last addressed the AIPAC conference. During that visit, he had a reportedly tense meeting with President Obama at the White House amid a spat between the U.S. and Israel over settlement construction.
It’s not clear if he will meet with Obama or top administration officials during his visit this year. U.S. efforts to restart the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians recently have not yielded concrete steps forward.
Netanyahu’s address would be the fourth by an Israeli prime minister before a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu previously spoke to a joint session during his stint as prime minister in 1996.
Boehner’s office says that the invitation will be formally extended once Congress authorizes a resolution allowing for a joint session.
During an interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, Bibi Netanyahu dared to mention what so many have long been wondering, ‘What the hell is up with the alliance between the Leftist and radical Islam?’
He says it is “the strangest view you could possibly contemplate.”
I think he probably knows what it is really about and is just being rhetorical, but it’s good to see that he recognizes it.
Heck, he surely knows the same thing exists here in Israel. The Israeli far-Left is just as brain-dead as that of anywhere else, however because they are Israelis, and Jews, it is doubly disgusting and repulsive. But, that’s what Leftism does, it rots the brain and the soul soon follows.
“….But you ask me about anti-Semitism in Europe and I said, first of all, there is a difference in the way that Europeans view Israel and Americans view Israel. But there is also anti-Semitism in Europe.
There is the new boiling anti-Semitism of radical Islam that sweeps Europe, as a whole. And there is a strange fusion-that is the only word I can use to describe it – a fusion with the anti-Semitism of the radical far, far left. And you know this is the strangest view you could possibly contemplate. Because the radical Muslims, you know, they stone women, they execute gays, they against any human rights. They are against feminism, against what have you. And the far left that is supposed to be for these things, they all unite on one thing, you know, bashing Israel state. And that is a terrible union and one that I think should be excoriated. It should be condemned. Because the last thing these people have in mind is peace – maybe a peace without Israel.
You can read the entire transcript of the interview at this Facebook page.
Washington Times – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim Thursday at what he called Europe’s “strange fusion” of radical Islam and the far left.
“There is a new boiling anti-semitism of radical Islam that sweeps Europe as a whole, and there’s a strange fusion – it’s the only word I can use to describe it — a fusion with the anti-semitism of the radical far far left,” Mr. Netanyahu said in an interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.
“This is the strangest union you could possibly contemplate,” he said, “because radical Muslims: they stone women, they execute gays, they are against any human rights, against feminism, against whathaveyou. And the far left is supposed to be for these things.”
While Americans continue to hold favorable views toward Israel — 68%, according to a recent Gallup poll — the Jewish state has become increasingly unpopular in Europe, with most surveys showing far greater support across the continent for the Palestinians.
In a nod to this divergence, the Israeli premier said that “there’s a difference in the way that Europeans views Israel and Americans viewIsrael.”
Bibi, the world could care less. Your words fall on deaf ears. It’s up to you to do what is right, not them. Quit bending over backwards to appease the un-appeasable.
In a world where integrity and courage is absent, you can’t wait for a leader, you have to become one. Be that leader, Bibi. We know it’s still in you somewhere.
Popular radio talk show host, Mark Levin, says what most people in Israel think every day.
“Tell Obama to go to hell. Tell Hillary Clinton to get lost.”
Unfortunately, Israel is governed by a bunch of gutless, Linguini-spined elites who care far more about what Obama and the Europeans think of us than they do their own people. And the Leftist Israeli media is ten times worse.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)
Here is a longer version, click to go listen:
Coinciding with Benjamin Netanyahu’s formal request to President Obama on Tuesday for the release of Jonathan Pollard, 500 religious leaders, both Jew and non-Jew, sent their own signed letter, begging Obama for clemency for the now unjustly imprisoned Pollard.
Since his election, Barack Obama has not been considered much of a friend to Jews and Israel. Is it possible that he could surprise the Jewish public and do the right, noble, and just thing, and allow Jonathan Pollard to go up to Israel?
Or, will Obama continue to play the role of Pharaoh as in the book of Exodus? It is no coincidence that this week Jews around the world are reading parsha Bo, the chapter in Exodus (10:1-13:16) where Pharaoh’s resistance is finally broken and he drives the Children of Israel from his land. Now is the opportunity for President Obama to do what none of his predecessors had the moral courage to do, and come off as a hero. Millions of people are praying that Obama has it in him.
By Jennifer Rubin
500 Americans ask for clemency for Jonathan Pollard
A letter signed by 500 rabbis and other prominent Jewish and non-Jewish religious leaders has been sent to the president urging release of Jonathan Pollard. The letter reads as follows:
We, the undersigned over five hundred religious and communal leaders representative of the broad spectrum of the American faith community – wish to add our voices in support of clemency for Jonathan Pollard. We are united in the fundamental belief that “Justice, only justice, shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20), which rests at the core of our moral principles and system of justice.
Mr. Pollard is currently serving his 26th year of a life sentence, having been indicted on one count of passing classified information to an ally without intent to harm the United States. We certainly do not condone his crime, nor do we underestimate the gravity of the offense. But it is patently clear that the sentence was and remains terribly disproportionate – the average punishment is a 2-4 year prison term – and (as several federal judges have noted) constitutes a gross miscarriage of justice.
As you know, prominent figures from across the spectrum have publicly stated their support for Mr. Pollard’s release. They include Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Senators Charles Schumer and Arlen Specter, Harvard Law Professors Charles Ogletree and Alan Dershowitz, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame, Benjamin Hooks of the NAACP, former federal Judge George Leighton, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olsen, Pastor John Hagee, and Gary Bauer. Furthermore, thirty-nine members of Congress have recently submitted to you a “Dear Colleague” letter led by Congressman Barney Frank in support of commuting Mr. Pollard’s sentence. Perhaps most noteworthy, similar support has come from those who have seen the classified information of the actual damage caused including former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Congressman Anthony Weiner, and former Senator and Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dennis DeConcini.
After more than two and a half decades in prison, Mr. Pollard’s health is declining. He has repeatedly expressed remorse for his actions, and by all accounts has served as a model inmate. Commuting his sentence to time served would be a wholly appropriate exercise of your power of clemency – as well as a matter of basic fairness and American justice. It would also represent a clear sense of compassion and reconciliation – a sign of hope much needed in today’s world of tension and turmoil.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.