The reactions to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday to the combined houses of Congress minus those who decided to hold their own BDS style boycott of the speech for purely political theater. The entire obsessive demonization of both Speaker of the House Boehner and Prime Minister Netanyahu over the reputed breaking with a protocol which was invented by some administration personnel in an emergency meeting called to come up with a message which could be utilized to change the subject from Iran getting nuclear weapons due to the reluctance of President Obama to simply reapply sanctions until Iran agrees to end all enrichment and disassemble their centrifuges to something which made President Obama into the victim of some nefarious plot. The real problem in the Iranian negotiations is President Obama has managed what was considered impossible; he has made it such that now Iran has the upper hand and they are fully aware of this as President Obama has erred and made it evident that he desires a deal no matter what it takes as long as President Obama has a signed deal with the Iranians for his posterity and if he can also get to reopen the United States Embassy he will be able to claim that just as Nixon and Kissinger brought China out from the darkness and into the light and acceptance of the world, President Obama wants to be the President who brought Iran out of the shadows and into the light and also to make them an ally and through them form an alliance with Iran as the hegemonic entity in the Middle East. President managed to take the situation where Iran was truly under unbearable pressures from the sanctions that they willingly came to the negotiation and were ready to make a deal until they realized when President Obama reacted to their entreats to relieve some of the sanctions by releasing the most egregious and onerous sanctions in exchange for nothing more than they allow President Obama to reach a deal and a guarantee of peace for a decade which grants President Obama with sufficient time to use such to establish his legacy as the great peacemaker who had saved the world. This overt willingness by President Obama to release the Iranian sanctions beyond even their wildest expectations was all they needed to realize that President Obama was so driven to get a treaty that they would not need to surrender anything and simply refuse to back off on any of their demands and the Americans were instructed to accede any contested item and simply move on. Since this realization the Iranians have stood their ground while Secretary of State Kerry simply folded acquiescing in point after point as the Iranians suspected so they are now steadfast in their position that they possess the stronger position and are making the best of it.
Prime Minister Netanyahu started his speech as we had hoped, by praising President Obama and thanking the Administration for their assistance pointing out the assistances such as finances to help Israel produce additional Iron Dome batteries while not pointing out that such aid was predicated on Israel giving the software and schematics such that the United States would also be capable of producing the system for their use. He pointed to the thanks Israel owed American Presidents “from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.” The Prime Minister stated that the President had given Israel cover in the United Nations and had supported Israel in numerous areas which could not be named including sharing intelligence and other functions. Prime Minister Netanyahu also gave praise to Secretary of State Kerry and lavished praise on the Congress. The Prime Minister then stated that he never intended for his speech to cause such an uproar nor did he mean for it to become a partisan issue as Israel should retain its bipartisan support which it has always been. There was no reason for a thank you left out as he expressed gratitude for the assistance received when the Carmel fire as well as other emergencies plagued Israel.
When Prime Minister Netanyahu completed his charm offensive he wasted little time and explained the reason for the invitation and left no doubt about what he thought of the agreement in its current form. The Prime Minister used the coming Jewish celebration of Purim explaining that the Jewish People have a long history and that throughout that history they have had numerous evil acts and persecutions including one from Persia, the same lands which are today called Iran. He explained how two-thousand-five-hundred years ago the Jewish people faced a threat to murder every Jew in the Persian Empire which would have wiped out the Jewish People. He told that two people in particular prevented that catastrophe, Esther and Mordechai. He equated the similarity between his speaking out about the threat Iran poses today to the actions of Queen Esther speaking out when it was not appropriate to prevent a catastrophe from being enacted against the Jews and going against protocols and other protocols of politeness in order to sound the alarm and save the Jews from extinction. He gave the truth that Iran is the largest nation sponsoring terrorism and their tasking the IRGC with spreading their form of Islam in the world. Prime Minister Netanyahu described how Iran is spreading their sphere of influence and could soon control two choke points of the oil trade. These were the ones we had described more fully in our articles here and here. Netanyahu made a convincing argument of the threat Iran poses and explained the reasons Iran was assisting with the fighting against ISIS, that there is little difference between ISIS and Iran. He explained that both ISIS and Iran aimed to spread their version of Islam and conquer the world through Jihad, the only actual difference being Iran wants to make Shia Islam the only faith on all of Earth and ISIS desires to place Sunni Islam as the only faith on all of Earth.
With preliminary information stated and explained, Prime Minister Netanyahu put to the light of truth the lie that he was making the case for war with Iran. He calmly placed the choice as being between forcing Iran through diplomatic and economic routes to agree to give up refining uranium and dismantling every last centrifuge or simply carry on refining just at a slightly slower speed. He explained that if Iran continues to refuse to comply then the Western world and whoever can be persuaded to help return to the same sanctions which brought Iran to the negotiating table to begin with. The Prime Minister pointed to the fact that there was no pressure to force a solution immediately and that sanctions and patience were the tools to use. Instead of expressing the immediacy of an agreement we were to show resolve to reach the agreement under the terms of no enrichment whatsoever, Iran would in time return to the negotiations and comply. The reason why there was seemingly a rush to get an agreement was omitted from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech was simple, he came to praise Obama (Caesar), not to bury or insult him. We do not need to be so polite. The reason for the immediacy for an agreement is so President Obama and possibly Secretary of State Kerry will be recognized and receive their well-earned Nobel Peace Prizes.
There will be an immediacy to follow getting an agreement with Iran, and that will be to force a solution on Israel to make a peace with the Arab Palestinians. The problem that will derail those efforts will not be because Israel does not wish to make peace but because Abbas can only accept the complete surrender and destruction of the State of Israel and replacing it with another Arab state. Since even President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry would not even try to go that far and demand the complete surrender from Israel, I could see their attempting to propose and back a one-state-solution where the Arab Palestinians would be in a fully-autonomous region and the Jews would be in what would amount to another fully-autonomous region using the Green Line as the line between the two regions. There is no manner or way that the Jews will surrender their independence and their homelands just to make the rest of the world happy. The reason for going here was to bring into the discussion the example of the urgency and its related insanities which best describes the two to three trips each week by Secretary of State Kerry and others from his peace at any cost group, including especially Martin Indyk, all of whom were pressing peace at any cost. When that initiative finally became obviously untenable and ran into a situation of impossibility, it marked another point which is equal to the point where Iranian negotiations took off and landed somewhere in crazyland where agreements come out of the thin air at President Obama’s demand, though usually they arrive somewhere short of what would be acceptable by any sane mind.
Prime Minister Netanyahu took a page from the Obama playbook and made a shout-out to Holocaust survivor and world renowned Eli Wiesel followed by telling of an unspoken agreement which binds the Jews that Never Again will we be persecuted and face potential genocide. That is why both allies, Israel and America must be found to be together “Standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is.” The Prime Minister made a solemn promise that Israel will do what Israel must do and stand-alone against Iran if that is the choice given us, but stand we will. The main theme was patience will pay-off providing that we make the sanctions strict and solid enough and we have patience. Unlike President Obama’s demand for immediacy which gives Iran the upper hand, a patient application of pressure will bring the desired result even if President Obama’s and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s successors are the leaders or even their successors if that is how long it takes, though it was expressed that simply showing the resolve to reapply sanctions and potentially making them even more stringent was waiting in the wings would produce a deal where Iran no longer held the stronger hand, but to do so requires a real leader who does what is right over what aggrandizes their own image. The closing argument was more of a plea than a threat but the obvious final option, if it comes to that, is any agreement reached does not include Israel and as such, Israel is free to do what Israel needs to do. If it requires Israel standing alone to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power with an arsenal of potentially hundreds upon hundreds of nuclear weapons, then Israel will stand alone and protect themselves and by pure coincidence, protect the entirety of Western civilization. Israel has done so before and will do so whenever world situations require Israel do so. The warning was for President Obama not to believe that Israel will not stand and do what is necessary, simply because such a bet is a losing bet and shows a lack of understanding Israel. Below is the actual speech which might be seen to differ somewhat from our descriptions but, so what, we’ve been known to suffer from massive hallucinatory outbreaks before, so we advise watching the speech again with our little observations in mind, we guarantee it will alter what you see or think you saw originally, we know it did for us.
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