Netanyahu Speaks to U. S. Congress

by drclarkjensen on May 27, 2011

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on May 24, 2011 should go down in history as one of the greatest examples of diplomacy and strength the world has ever seen.  If you haven’t read or heard his speech, I would encourage you to do so.  To read the speech in it’s entirety, click here.

I hate it when some commentator tells me what somebody said and then tells me what I should think about what they said, so I will try not to do that.  However,  this blog is designed for those with a short attention span, so I will try to give you the nut of the speech without quoting the whole thing.

Netanyahu begins by reminding us that Israel is the only Democracy in the Middle East. They are our ally, our best ally.  They don’t need us to support them with troops in order to maintain freedom for their people.  They will take care of their own.

He goes on to point out that the only place in the Middle East were an Arab can find true freedom is in Israel. “Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights…. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of one-percent are truly free, and they’re all citizens of Israel?”

He than points out that freedom is only to be found in the Middle East, in Israel.  “In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out.”

“Israel is not what is wrong with the Middle East, Israel is what is right with the Middle East.”

He then goes on to explain why peace has not worked with the Palestinians.  He explains:

“Now the threat to my country cannot be overstated.  Those who dismiss it are sticking their head in the sand.  Less than seven decades after six million Jews were murdered, Iran’s leaders deny the Holocaust of the Jewish people, while calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state…

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 mean never again.  Israel always reserves the right to defend itself…

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 it…

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.  This is what the conflict is about…

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

In Recent years, Israel withdrew from South Lebanon and Gaza.  But we didn’t get peace.  Instead, we got 12,000 rockets fired from those areas on our cities, on our children, by Hezbollah and Hamas. the UN peacekeepers in Lebanon failed to prevent the smuggling of this weaponry.”

Do I believe Netanyahu is an honorable man?  Yes I do.  Do I believe his words?  Every word of what he says rings true to me.  We must support Israel.  If the Palestinians need a place to call their own, why must they take that land from tiny Israel?  Where are their Muslim brothers?  Why will not a Muslim nation offer them some land to call their own.

Is it not evident that peace is not what the Palestinians want.  They want Israel and the Jews to be annihilated.  The burden for peace should be laid at the feet of the Muslim world.  It is not the Israelis that are preventing peace from occurring, it is the other side.

Obama is treating the Palestinians as the moral and political equivalent to Israel.  They are not.


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Mary Jensen June 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I saw Mr. Netanyahu when he delivered his speech. I agree with your comments about him. He expressed Israel’s plight with clearity and honesty. Every time the Israely government is given something to this Muslim states nothing has been given in return and their agreeing to things has not been honored. I praise Mr. Netanyahu for his courageous stand in the face of seemingly impossible odds.


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