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Brilliant Orator; Damn Fool: Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Brilliant Orator; Damn Fool: Netanyahu Addresses Congress

For those who missed the speech, MSNBC has a video which displays the P.M.’s
passionate connection with his primary audience who responded with many
standing ovations.

The speech is preceded by an advertisement and a
news clip; I am not certain that I grabbed the correct embed code.

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A five page pdf file containing the prepared remarks
was found here.  As is my habit, I will mark important
parts with superscripts linked to an enumerated list of my comments.
Clicking the superscripts will bring my comment into view, pressing
your Backspace key will return to the text.

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Meeting of the
United States Congress

May 24, 2011

I am deeply honored by your
warm welcome. And I am deeply honored that you have given me the

opportunity to address
Congress a second time.

Mr. Vice President, do you
remember the time we were the new kids in town?

And I do see a lot of old
friends here. And I do see a lot of new friends of Israel here.
Democrats and

Republicans alike.

Israel has no better friend
than America1.
And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to

defend democracy. We stand
together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism.

Congratulations America,
Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance!

In an unstable Middle East,
Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting
alliances, Israel is

America’s unwavering ally.
Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American.

My friends, you don’t need to
do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to

democracy to Israel. We’ve
already got it. You don’t need to send American troops to defend
Israel. We

defend ourselves. You’ve been
very generous in giving us tools to do the job of defending Israel on
our own.

Thank you all, and thank you
President Obama, for your steadfast commitment to Israel’s security.3 I know

economic times are tough. I
deeply appreciate this.

Support for Israel’s security
is a wise investment in our common future. For an epic battle is now
unfolding in

the Middle East, between
tyranny and freedom.4 A great convulsion is
shaking the earth from the Khyber

Pass to the Straits of
Gibraltar. The tremors have shattered states and toppled governments.
And we can all

see that the ground is still
shifting. Now this historic moment holds the promise of a new dawn of

and opportunity. Millions of
young people are determined to change their future. We all look at
them. They

muster courage. They risk
their lives. They demand dignity. They desire liberty.

These extraordinary scenes in
Tunis and Cairo, evoke those of Berlin and Prague in 1989. Yet as we

their hopes, but we also must
also remember that those hopes could be snuffed out as they were in

in 1979. You remember what
happened then. The brief democratic spring in Iran was cut short by a

ferocious and unforgiving
tyranny. This same tyranny smothered Lebanon’s democratic Cedar

and inflicted on that
long-suffering country, the medieval rule of Hezbollah.

So today, the Middle East
stands at a fateful crossroads. Like all of you, I pray

that the peoples of the
region choose the path less travelled, the path of liberty. No one
knows what this

path consists of better than
you. This path is not paved by elections alone. It is paved when

permit protests in town
squares, when limits are placed on the powers of rulers5,
when judges are beholden

to laws and not men, and when
human rights cannot be crushed by tribal loyalties or mob rule.

Israel has always embraced
this path, in the Middle East has long rejected it. In a region where
women are

stoned, gays are hanged,
Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different.

As the great English writer
George Eliot predicted over a century ago, that once established, the

state will “shine like a
bright star of freedom amid the despotisms of the East.” Well, she was
right. We have

a free press, independent
courts, an open economy, rambunctious parliamentary debates. You think

guys are tough on one another
in Congress? Come spend a day in the Knesset. Be my guest.

Courageous Arab protesters,
are now struggling to secure these very same rights for their peoples,
for their

We’re proud that over one million Arab citizens of Israel have been
enjoying these rights for

decades. Of the 300 million
Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens
enjoy real

democratic rights. I want you
to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs,
less than

one-half of one-percent are
truly free, and they’re all citizens of Israel!

This startling fact reveals a
basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel
is what is

right about the Middle East.7

Israel fully supports the
desire of Arab peoples in our region to live freely. We long for the
day when Israel

will be one of many real
democracies in the Middle East.

Fifteen years ago, I stood at
this very podium, and said that democracy must start to take root in
the Arab

World. Well, it’s begun to
take root.8This
beginning holds the promise of a brilliant future of peace and

prosperity. For I believe
that a Middle East that is genuinely democratic will be a Middle East
truly at peace.

But while we hope and work
for the best, we must also recognize that powerful forces10
oppose this future.

They oppose modernity. They
oppose democracy. They oppose peace.

Foremost among these forces
is Iran. The tyranny in Tehran brutalizes its own people. It supports

against American troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq. It subjugates Lebanon and Gaza. It sponsors terror


When I last stood here, I
spoke of the dire consequences of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Now
time is

running out, and the hinge of
history may soon turn. For the greatest danger facing humanity could
soon be

upon us: A militant Islamic
regime armed with nuclear weapons.

Militant Islam12threatens the
world. It threatens Islam.
I have no doubt that it will ultimately be defeated. It will

eventually succumb to the
forces of freedom and progress. But like other fanaticisms that were
doomed to

fail, militant Islam could
exact a horrific price from all of us before its inevitable demise.

A nuclear-armed Iran13 would
ignite a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It would give terrorists
a nuclear

umbrella. It would make the
nightmare of nuclear terrorism a clear and present danger throughout
the world.

I want you to understand what
this means. They could put the bomb anywhere. They could put it on a

missile. It could be on a
container ship in a port, or in a suitcase on a subway.

Now the threat to my country
cannot be overstated. Those who dismiss it are sticking their heads in

sand. Less than seven decades
after six million Jews were murdered, Iran’s leaders deny the Holocaust

the Jewish people, while
calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state.

Leaders who spew such venom14,
should be banned from every respectable forum on the planet. But there

something that makes the
outrage even greater: The lack of outrage. In much of the international

community, the calls for our
destruction are met with utter silence. It is even worse because there
are many

who rush to condemn Israel
for defending itself against Iran’s terror proxies.

But not you. Not America.15 You
have acted differently. You’ve condemned the Iranian regime for its

aims. You’ve passed tough
sanctions against Iran. History will salute you America.

President Obama has said that
the United States is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear

weapons. He successfully led
the Security Council to adopt sanctions against Iran. You in Congress

even tougher sanctions. These
words and deeds are vitally important.

Yet the Ayatollah regime
briefly suspended its nuclear program only once, in 2003, when it
feared the

possibility of military
action. That same year, Muammar Qadaffi gave up his nuclear weapons
program, and

for the same reason. The more
Iran believes that all options are on the table, the less the chance of

confrontation. This is why I
ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message: That America will

permit Iran to develop
nuclear weapons.

As for Israel, if history has
taught the Jewish people anything, it is that we must take calls for
our destruction

seriously. We are a nation
that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say never again, we

never again. 17Israel always
reserves the right to defend itself.

My friends, while Israel will
be ever vigilant in its defense, we will never give up on our quest for
peace. I

guess we’ll give it up when
we achieve it. Israel wants peace. Israel needs peace. We’ve achieved

peace agreements with Egypt
and Jordan that have held up for decades.

I remember what it was like
before we had peace. I was nearly killed in a firefight inside the Suez
Canal. I

mean that literally. I
battled terrorists along both banks of the Jordan River. Too many
Israelis have lost

loved ones. I know their
grief. I lost my brother.

So no one in Israel wants a
return to those terrible days. The peace with Egypt and Jordan has long

as an anchor of stability and
peace in the heart of the Middle East.

This peace should be
bolstered by economic and political support to all those who remain
committed to


The peace agreements with
Egypt and Jordan are vital. But they’re not enough. We must also find a
way to

forge a lasting peace with
the Palestinians19.
Two years ago, I publicly committed to a solution of
two states

for two peoples: A
Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state20.

I am willing to make painful
compromises to achieve this historic peace21. As the leader of Israel, it
is my

responsibility to lead my
people to peace.

This is not easy for me. I
recognize that in a genuine peace, we will be required to give up parts
of the

Jewish homeland. In Judea and
Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers.22 We are not the

British in India. We are not
the Belgians in the Congo.

This is the land of our
forefathers, the Land of Israel, to which Abraham brought the idea of
one God, where

David set out to confront
Goliath, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. No distortion
of history

can deny the four thousand
year old bond, between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.

But there is another truth:
The Palestinians share this small land with us. We seek a peace in
which they will

be neither Israel’s subjects
nor its citizens. They should enjoy a national life of dignity as a
free, viable and

independent people in their
own state.23
They should enjoy a prosperous economy, where their
creativity and

initiative can flourish.

We’ve already seen the
beginnings of what is possible. In the last two years,

the Palestinians have begun
to build a better life for themselves. Prime Minister Fayad has led
this effort. I

wish him a speedy recovery
from his recent operation.

We’ve helped the Palestinian
economy by removing hundreds of barriers and roadblocks24 to the free
flow of

goods and people. The results
have been nothing short of remarkable. The Palestinian economy is

booming. It’s growing by more
than 10% a year.

Palestinian cities look very
different today than they did just a few years ago. They have shopping

movie theaters, restaurants,
banks. They even have e-businesses. This is all happening without peace.

Imagine what could happen
with peace. Peace would herald a new day for both peoples. It would
make the

dream of a broader
Arab-Israeli peace a realistic possibility.

So now here is the question.
You have to ask it. If the benefits of peace with the Palestinians are
so clear,

why has peace eluded us?
Because all six Israeli Prime Ministers since the signing of Oslo
accords agreed

to establish a Palestinian
state. Myself included. So why has peace not been achieved? Because so
far, the

Palestinians have been
unwilling to accept a Palestinian state, if it meant accepting a Jewish
state alongside


You see, our conflict has
never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has
always been

about the existence of the
Jewish state.25
This is what this conflict is about. In 1947, the United
Nations voted

to partition the land into a
Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews said yes. The Palestinians
said no. In

recent years, the
Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli Prime Ministers,
to establish a

Palestinian state on
virtually all the territory won by Israel in the Six Day War.

They were simply unwilling to
end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate

children to hate.26 They
continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all,
they continue to

perpetuate the fantasy that
Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian

My friends, this must come to
an end. President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my

and I told you it wasn’t easy
for me, and I said… “I will accept a Palestinian state.”27 It is time for

Abbas to stand before his
people and say… “I will accept a Jewish state.”

Those six words will change
history. They will make clear to the Palestinians that this conflict
must come to

an end. That they are not
building a state to continue the conflict with Israel, but to end it.
They will convince

the people of Israel that
they have a true partner for peace.29 With such a partner, the people of
Israel will be

prepared to make a far
reaching compromise. I will be prepared to make a far reaching

This compromise must reflect
the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred since 1967. The vast

majority of the 650,000
Israelis who live beyond the 1967 lines, reside in neighborhoods and
suburbs of

Jerusalem and Greater Tel

These areas are densely
populated but geographically quite small. Under any realistic peace

these areas, as well as other
places of critical strategic and national importance, will be
incorporated into the

final borders of Israel.

The status of the settlements
will be decided only in negotiations. But we must also be honest. So I

saying today something that
should be said publicly by anyone serious about peace. In any peace

agreement that ends the
conflict, some settlements will end up beyond Israel’s borders. The

delineation of those borders
must be negotiated. We will be very generous on the size of a future

state. But as President Obama
said, the border will be different than the one that existed on June 4,

Israel will not return to the
indefensible lines of 1967.

We recognize that a
Palestinian state must be big enough to be viable, independent and

President Obama rightly
referred to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, just as he
referred to the

future Palestinian state as
the homeland of the Palestinian people. Jews from around the world have
a right

to immigrate to the Jewish
state. Palestinians from around the world should have a right to
immigrate, if they

so choose, to a Palestinian
state. This means that the Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved

the borders of Israel.

As for Jerusalem, only a
democratic Israel has protected freedom of worship for all faiths in
the city30.

Jerusalem must never again be
divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel. I know
that this

is a difficult issue for
Palestinians. But I believe with creativity and goodwill a solution can
be found.

This is the peace I plan to
forge with a Palestinian partner committed to peace. But you know very
well, that

in the Middle East, the only
peace that will hold is a peace you can defend.

So peace must be anchored in
security. In recent years, Israel withdrew from South Lebanon and Gaza.

we didn’t get peace. Instead,
we got 12,000 thousand rockets fired from those areas on our cities, on

children, by Hezbollah and
Hamas. The UN peacekeepers in Lebanon failed to prevent the smuggling
of this

weaponry. The European
observers in Gaza evaporated overnight. So if Israel simply walked out
of the

territories, the flow of
weapons into a future Palestinian state would be unchecked. Missiles
fired from it

could reach virtually every
home in Israel in less than a minute. I want you to think about that
too. Imagine

that right now we all had
less than 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. Would you
live that

way? Would anyone live that
way? Well, we aren’t going to live that way either.

The truth is that Israel
needs unique security arrangements because of its unique size. Israel
is one of the

smallest countries in the
world. Mr. Vice President, I’ll grant you this. It’s bigger than
Delaware. It’s even

bigger than Rhode Island. But
that’s about it. Israel on the 1967 lines would be half the width of the

Washington Beltway.

Now here’s a bit of
nostalgia. I first came to Washington thirty years ago as a young
diplomat. It took me a

while, but I finally figured
it out: There is an America beyond the Beltway. But Israel on the 1967
lines would

be only nine miles wide. So
much for strategic depth.

So it is therefore absolutely
vital for Israel’s security that a Palestinian state be fully
demilitarized. And it is

vital that Israel maintain a
long-term military presence along the Jordan River. Solid security

on the ground are necessary
not only to protect the peace, they are necessary to protect Israel in
case the

peace unravels. For in our
unstable region, no one can guarantee that our peace partners today
will be there


And when I say tomorrow, I
don’t mean some distant time in the future. I mean — tomorrow. Peace
can be

achieved only around the
negotiating table. The Palestinian attempt to impose a settlement
through the

United Nations will not bring
peace. It should be forcefully opposed by all those who want to see
this conflict


I appreciate the President’s
clear position on this issue. Peace cannot be imposed. It must be

But it can only be negotiated
with partners committed to peace.

And Hamas is not a partner
for peace. Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction and to

They have a charter. That
charter not only calls for the obliteration of Israel, but says ‘kill
the Jews wherever

you find them’. Hamas’ leader
condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden and praised him as a holy

Now again I want to make this
clear. Israel is prepared to sit down today and negotiate peace with the

Palestinian Authority.35 I
believe we can fashion a brilliant future of peace for our children.
But Israel will not

negotiate with a Palestinian
government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda.

So I say to President Abbas:
Tear up your pact with Hamas! Sit down and negotiate! Make peace with

Jewish state! And if you do,
I promise you this. Israel will not be the last country to welcome a

state as a new member of the
United Nations. It will be the first to do so.

My friends, the momentous
trials of the last century, and the unfolding events of this century,
attest to the

decisive role of the United
States in advancing peace and defending freedom. Providence entrusted

United States to be the
guardian of liberty. All peoples who cherish freedom owe a profound
debt of

gratitude to your great
nation. Among the most grateful nations is my nation, the people of
Israel, who have

fought for their liberty and
survival against impossible odds, in ancient and modern times alike.

I speak on behalf of the
Jewish people and the Jewish state when I say to you, representatives
of America,

Thank you. Thank you for your
unwavering support for Israel. Thank you for ensuring that the flame of

freedom burns bright
throughout the world. May God bless all of you. And may God forever
bless the United

States of America.

    1. With friends like America, who needs enemies? A
      series of American Presidents have let Israel down and sabotaged her,
      beginning with Carter. Obama must be numbered among the enemies of
      Israel. The Congress and electorate are friends of Israel, but they
      don’t make our foreign policy.
    2. That is a prime example of meaningless emotional
      bonding, much too shallow. “Getting” Usama, while necessary, is
    3. That statement should have been dripping with
      sarcasm, I failed to detect any. Obama is not committed to Israel’s
      security, far from it.
    4. The real battle is between tyrants, not between
      tyranny and liberty.  Those who seek liberty are an insignificant
      minority, unlikely to prevail.
    5. Netanyahu brought out one crucial point concealed by Obama:
      the necessity of limited government. Without it, libertarian revolts
      are doomed to failure.
    6. One crucial element is missing: acknowledgment of
      the fact that those rights are contradicted by Islam; the two are
    7. That brilliant statement of the blindingly
      truth is a slap in the face to the E.U. & U.N. It should be
      restated early and often.
    8. Until Islam is removed, the seed will fall upon
      rocks and be consumed by birds or scorched by the sun. It can not
      sprout and blossom until Islam is eliminated.
    9. Peace is not a function of democracy. Democracy
      and aggression are not mutually exclusive. Democracies will only be
      peaceful if their electorates want peace and eschew aggression.
    10. The powerful force which opposes peace &
      freedom is Islam. Netanyahu should have named it.
    11. Why does Iran oppose liberty and sponsor
      terrorism? What “powerful force” motivates those policies?  “Its
      Islam, stupid!”.
    12. If you thought my headline was outrageous, now
      you will learn the reason, its in that statement: “militant Islam
      “Its Islam,
      stupid!”. The name stands alone, without adjectives, qualifiers or
      modifiers. “Its Islam,
      stupid!”. Islam’s purpose is the accrual of power, wealth & income.
      Its method is martial. These fatal facts are fully documented in
      another blog post: Islam’s Mercenary Mission, there you will
      find the relevant ayat & ahadith quoted and linked. Islam is
      militant by definition.

    1. Pakistan already has the bomb. It
      is just a matter of time before the regime falls to those more ready to
      use the bomb Nobody is willing to take effective action
      against Iran to prevent it from building a nuke.

    1. The leadership of Iran is not the
      problem. Its Islam, stupid!“. Open the Qur’an to 9:29 and read itRead JM Rodwell’s
      translation for its outstanding clarity. Turn next to 7:167Who will Allah send to
      torment the Jews?  Next, read Sahih Bukhari 4.52.177Iran did not
      invent Islamic genocide of Jews. Who did?  For the answer, turn to

    1. Every time Israel counter attacks, our
      President demands “restraint”. Have you so soon forgotten the
      bitter bitching about “Cast Lead”?

    1. Those sanctions are necessary and insufficient.
      Iran’s nuke program must be destroyed by military force.

    1. This line had strong emphasis in the video and
      for good reason.  There is no reason why Israel should submit to

    1. A nice retroactive swipe at Obama’s support for
      the revolt against Mubarak.  It will probably be misinterpreted to
      support paying tribute to the new Muslim Brotherhood regime.
    2. Islam does not make lasting peace, only ten year
      hudnas, which are contracts at will, subject to revocation when the
      Muslims gain sufficient strength to renew their aggression.

  1. They do not want a state, if they did,
    they would have accepted the partition plan in ’47 instead of waging
    war against Israel. They want Israel destroyed and the Jews massacred.
    Nothing less will satisfy their blood lust. Besides which, they are not
    a people, they are undifferentiated Arabs from Egypt & Syria.
  2. Compromising, negotiating & appeasing Islam
    result in more aggression, not in peace. All such gestures are
    perceived as signs of weakness, which emboldens the predator. Land for
    “peace” is a fool’s bargain, you will have neither land nor peace.

  3. A rarely stated truth: Jews are occupied, not
    occupying. Few will accept that fact.

  4. It is called Jordan.

  5. When you remove check points and security
    barriers, Jews die as a result, not a wise move.

  6. In a previous blog post:Victory: the Path to Peace.
    I detailed the Islamic foundation of violence against Israel.
    Rejectionism is about Allah’s promise of victory and his failure to
    make it permanent. Israel’s recovery of stolen hand and Islamic failure
    to reconquer it proves Allah to be an impotent idol. Muslims can not
    tolerate that blasphemous reality.
  7. Inculcating hate in the schools is an egregious
    violation of the Oslo Accords. While that violation continues, no new
    negotiation should be started.
  8. A foolish act of treason against Israel and the
    human race.
  9. The demand is impossible. Even if possible, no
    such statement could be trusted by any sentient person. Tolerance of
    Israel is tantamount to apostasy.
  10. In that case, the people of Israel would be
    damned fools, doomed to destruction and they would deserve it. Islam is
    a lie and Muslims are liars. Arafat talked peace in English to the
    press and war in Arabic to his brethren.
  11. That is a damned lie. Jews and Christians are
    restricted in their access to the Temple Mount and arrested if they
    attempt to pray there.
  12. Cognitive dissonance is right on the surface of
    that statement, easily seen and recognized. If Muslims wanted peace,
    the conflict would end. Instead, they want victory and expanded
    conquest.  Peace must be complete, absolute, exclusive and
    permanent. It can not exist while Muslims are Hellbent on world
  13. Then start expelling Muslims from the land of
    Israel, send them home, far beyond your borders. Rocket fire will only
    stop when there are no living Muslims within rocket range.
  14. More cognitive dissonance: he knows that peace
    is impossible but he can’t confess his knowledge, he can only vaguely
    imply it.
  15. Cognitive dissonance is clearly evident. We all
    know blessed well that Abbas has no interest in peace: “from the river
    to the sea”.  Israel has no partner for peace, never had one and
    never will.
  16. What do HAMAS and P.A. have in common? They are
    Muslims. They believe the same crap. They observe the same “religious
    obligation” to make annual military attacks against disbelievers.
    “Its Islam, stupid!”.  How can Netanyahu be so damned
  17. Al-Qaeda, HAMAS Muslim Brotherhood & Islam
    are one. They are all the same. Read the HAMAS
    . “The
    Islamic Resistance Movement: The Movement’s programme is Islam. From
    it, it draws its ideas, ways of thinking and understanding of the
    universe, life and man. It resorts to it for judgement in all its
    conduct, and it is inspired by it for guidance of its steps.” … “
    Allah is its target, the
    Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and
    death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.”
    Anyone having a brain located outside of his anus should be able to
    comprehend the obvious identity. Al-Qaeda and HAMAS are Al-Ikhwan
    offshoots. The HAMAS Charter echoes that of the Brotherhood.  Get
    a clue, for Chrissake!!! Why in Hell is it called the Muslim
    Brotherhood?  “Its Islam, stupid!”!!!
  18. Idiot!
    There are 57 Islamic members outvoting us already, we don’t need any
    more!!  Such stupidity is incomprehensible.

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