Trending Topics:

Biden will skip Netanyahu’s speech

on 113 Comments

Update: Politico is reporting that Vice President Joe Biden will be out of town when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to come to Washington to address a joint session of Congress, March 3.

The vice president’s office on Friday confirmed the plans to skip the March 3 speech.

“We are not ready to announce details of his trip yet, and normally our office wouldn’t announce this early, but the planning process has been underway for a while,” a spokesperson for the office said.

Amazing. This will give permission to a lot of Democrats to make other plans and will embarrass the rightwing prime minister. Even as various Jewish organizations are saying they are going to be collecting the names of those who don’t show up. This is a big name alright!

Original post: Let’s keep the pot boiling over the scandal of Netanyahu’s planned speech to a joint session of Congress to push the U.S. to attack Iran, why don’t we?

The latest news is that there are now a handful of Democratic congressmen who say they won’t attend the speech, but the Democratic leadership is trying to hold the line on defections. The Democrats don’t want a wedge driven between the parties over their love for Israel. So while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the invitation to Netanyahu was a mistake and the speech ought to be cancelled, she also said yesterday she’s going to attend the speech. No one should be using the word “boycott” about the Democratic leadership!

“I don’t think anybody should use the word ‘boycott,'” Pelosi said in her weekly press conference.

Boycott was the word of the day yesterday, re the Democratic leadership’s anger over the speech.

Pelosi says the speech is so awful that “maybe we need to review the idea” of foreign leaders giving speeches to joint sessions of Congress. But in her remarks (at 1:15 here), you will see that her entire concern is the U.S. meddling in Israeli politics — Netanyahu’s campaign ahead of the March 17 elections — and not a word about Israel and its lobby meddling in our Iran policy. No, that’s just fine.

We have great friendships in terms of country to country, leaders to leaders; it’s really something that we should be able to resolve. Maybe we  have to even review the idea of joint sessions of congress because they should not be a political arena two weeks before an election. Some people just think it’s outrageous. Some staunch supporters of Israel call me and tell me, it’s outrageous– and they’re supporters of Netanyahu– that our floor of the House would be used, exploited in that way, for a political purpose, in Israel and the United States.”

So you have to be a staunch supporter of Israel to object to the speech. Netanyahu also is worried about the political fallout. He’s now saying he was hornswoggled by Boehner. He thought that the invitation came from Democrats too.

We’ve compiled a list of five Democrats who say they won’t attend: Jim McGovern, Jim McDermott, John Lewis, Earl Blumenauer, G.K. Butterfield. The Guardian says three prominent Dems, Blumenauer, Butterfield, Lewis. And that Pelosi is saying others may also have “diary clashes,” when Netanyahu shows up. AP interviews Lewis and Butterfield.

Two prominent House Democrats said Thursday they will skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month, saying they disapprove of House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite the Israeli leader without consulting the White House.

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a hero of the civil rights movement, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said they won’t attend Netanyahu’s March 3 speech.

“I think it’s an affront to the president and the State Department what the speaker did,” by not consulting the White House, Lewis said in an interview.

Butterfield said he was “very disappointed that the speaker would cause such a ruckus” among members of Congress. He called the speaker’s actions “unprecedented.”

Jewish Voice for Peace says #SkiptheSpeech

Jewish Voice for Peace says #SkiptheSpeech

Note that Lewis and Butterfield are leaders in the African-American community. Butterfield, 67, represents a rural district in eastern North Carolina that is mostly black. The Almanac of American Politics calls him “an important behind the scenes strategist for both the Democratic leadership and the Congressional Black Caucus.”

Chris Matthews revisited the issue on MSNBC last night. He again characterized the issue as a controversy over the U.S. putting its thumb on the scale of Israeli politics, and insisted that Israelis are better than Netanyahu. “You can go to Israel and argue about anything over there. It’s a very free country,” he said. And Netanyahu leads a rightwing bloc: “He’s not speaking for the average Jewish person living in Israel, he just isn’t.”

That’s a fantasy. As Kenneth Vogel of Politico pointed out to Matthews, Netanyahu “is speaking for the lion’s share” of Jewish Israelis. Matthews then doubted that the “average Israeli” (i.e., Jewish) is for “bomb’s away” on Iran. Sorry, Chris, but 95 percent of Jewish Israelis supported the onslaught on Gaza.

It fell to Republican Michael Steele to say that the “substance” of the Netanyahu speech is an effort to interfere in our politics, an effort Steele evidently supports. The speech is about “what we’re doing with Iran, what the administration is failing to do with Iran.”

Israelis are very uncomfortable with that. The global partnerships that we have are saying, You can’t trust these guys [Iran]… This is an opportunity to put the stake in that particular heart, the US negotiating.

Put a stake in the heart of U.S. negotiations! But what’s the alternative to negotiation, Matthews asked wisely. If we struck Iran we’d have to do so again every two years.

Matthews also brought up the Israel lobby angle. The invitation allows Matt Brooks of the Republican Jewish Coalition to do “Jewish outreach for the Republicans.” I.e., raise money. This is the third time Matthews has brought up the lobby’s inroads in the Republican Party. I assume he’s invited Brooks on, but Brooks won’t touch this one.

On that fundraising point, here’s a fuller explanation. Professor Lawrence Davidson writes that the overture is unconstitutional, and corrupt. Zionist donors wants a confrontation with Iran, but the U.S. people don’t.

Boehner and his fellow Republicans aim to deprive the Democrats of something allegedly important while capturing it for the Republicans. Boehner knows that pro-Israeli lobbies are key political donors, so his aim is to increase their contributions to Republicans and decrease them to Democrats.

If this requires selling out an American president, Boehner is ready to do so. If it means embroiling the American people in yet another Middle East war, he appears ready to do that as well.

In all of this, the wishes of the American people count least of all. Despite years of negative media propaganda about Iran, polls indicate that most Americans support President Obama’s diplomatic efforts. Boehner appears not to care.

Nonetheless, as with Eric Cantor, no one in the Democratic ranks is willing to respect that popular judgment by openly challenging Boehner on his unconstitutional behavior. That is because the Democratic Party is as enamored of Zionist money as are the Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, now the House minority leader, should be jumping up and down and screaming her head off about John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu. Yet all she has said is that it breaks protocol and might harm talks with Iran. But, she has refused to say that the invitation should be withdrawn.

Netanyahu was invited by the Republican speaker of the house, John Boehner, to address Congress on March 3, an invitation Boehner originally described as bipartisan.

Jon Stewart skirted the issue last night. Very weak. The joke was about the White House’s hypocrisy in claiming it doesn’t want to interfere in Israeli domestic politics.

“Yes!” Stewart exclaimed. “America doesn’t wanna meddle in a Middle Eastern nation’s domestic politics. I mean, we don’t do that!”

But again, who cares about Israeli politics? I care about who’s meddling in our politics. MJ Rosenberg is caustic:

In America, even Jon Stewart goes easy on the prophet Netanyahu.

Rosenberg also says that Netanyahu is miscalculating; he believes a Republican or Hillary Clinton will be elected in 2016 “& go to war with Iran for him. Not going to happen.” (OK, and why did we go to war with Iraq?) But he adds:

Do not kid yourselves. If Israel bombed Tehran tomorrow, the Democrats would be first to rush to House & Senate floor to demand we join in.

On that note, here is an excellent letter from several Oregon groups calling on all their congresspeople to follow Earl Blumenauer’s example and declare they won’t attend the speech. Not because of domestic politics or Israeli politics, but because of war.

We, the undersigned organizations, commend Oregon’s U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer for asking House Speaker John Boehner to cancel an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.  Rep. Blumenauer has stated that if the speech is not cancelled, he will refuse to attend. We implore all the members of Congress from Oregon to follow his example.

Our objections to the Netanyahu invitation go beyond the fact that: a.) This invitation is a breach of protocol, b.) It is a stunt timed just prior to a very close Israeli election and c.) It is an attempt by the Republican-controlled Congress to embarrass President Barack Obama.

The most serious objection to the invitation is that Netanyahu is attempting to scuttle negotiations between the United States and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program by urging Congress to impose additional sanctions on Iran.  As Rep. Blumenauer states, the only solution in the best interests of all countries is a negotiated settlement. Why would Mr. Netanyahu be invited to thwart that effort?    World leaders also recognize the danger of his address as interference with the diplomatic process and are also imploring that he not interfere.

Additional sanctions risk an end to the diplomatic path and an increase in tensions between our country and Iran that may lead to war.

Among the signatories to the letter: “Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America, Individuals for Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland Chapter,  Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, Mission of the Atonement Holy Land Ministry, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation, Tree of Life Educational Fund-West Coast, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72.” Good on ya.

Hashtag is #SkiptheSpeech.

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

 

 

Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss is senior editor of Mondoweiss.net and founded the site in 2005-06.

Other posts by .


Posted In:

113 Responses

  1. American on February 6, 2015, 12:34 pm

    ‘Lawrence Davidson writes that the overture is unconstitutional, and corrupt. Zionist donors wants a confrontation with Iran, but the U.S. people don’t. ”>>>>

    Exactamondo.

    Let’s have another American Revoution to throw the Zionist King out of the colonies.
    Round up the Tories and throw them out—start with congress.

  2. American on February 6, 2015, 12:55 pm

    ” “We will, of course, be publicly condemning any Democrats who don’t show up for the speech—unless they have a doctor’s note,” said Mort Klein, president of the 30,000-member Zionist Organization of America. “It’s really an anti-American, anti-patriotic position to take.”

    rotflmao…..as if he or any of his fifth column are actually americans.
    Ah the hubris!
    ‘The wheels of God grind slowly but exceding fine”
    Grind faster God.

    • HarryLaw on February 6, 2015, 1:22 pm

      Only give him 28 standing ovations, that will teach him a lesson.

    • Daniel Rich on February 6, 2015, 7:52 pm

      @ American,

      Q: 30,000-member ZOA…

      R: … telling 300,000,000+ how to be real Americans?

      Any idea how many of the ZOA’s ‘fruit of their loins’ died in Iraq or Afghanistan?

      • MRW on February 7, 2015, 1:19 am

        ZERO (0).

      • SonofDaffyDuck on February 9, 2015, 2:25 pm

        by 2011 (according to the Forward there were 37 such fatalities out of about 6000 total for Iraq and Afganistan. looks like about 0.6%.

    • Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 7:59 pm

      Did Klein really say ” It’s anti American, an anti American, anti patriotic position to take.” Talk about some twisted flipping the script antics. What a complete arrogant ass Klein is. Hubris for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    • MRW on February 7, 2015, 1:27 am

      “We will, of course, be publicly condemning any Democrats who don’t show up for the speech—unless they have a doctor’s note,” said Mort Klein, president of the 30,000-member Zionist Organization of America.

      Really? What if the American people decide to primary everyone who shows up or gives Netanyahu a standing ovation? Thought of that yet?

    • MRW on February 7, 2015, 1:39 am

      Mort Klein, president of the 30,000-member Zionist Organization of America. “It’s really an anti-American, anti-patriotic position to take.”

      Another dual-loyalist.

      • annie on February 7, 2015, 12:17 pm

        that line really stuck out for me too. the idea of it being anti american not to kowtow to the israeli pm

      • MRW on February 7, 2015, 11:14 pm

        @annie,

        It’s a new meme they re trying to introduce: that Bibi = the US President. I have to remember to call the ZOA and call them a bunch of dual-loyalty terrorists next week. The utter nerve of this guy.

        Here’s the ZOA’s phone number: 212-481-1500

      • annie on February 7, 2015, 11:27 pm

        and announcing it the day after the SOU? are they crazy? and to come explicitly to counter the presidents policy? first they write the legislation and then lobby (threaten) politicians to back it and now this. wtf!

      • MRW on February 7, 2015, 11:46 pm

        @annie, here are the phone numbers for the congressmen who have stated they won’t show up.

        Congressman Lewis: 202-225-3801. [Have to wait until Monday until you can leave a message.]

        Congressman McGovern: 202-225-6101: [Can leave a message this weekend. So far.]

        Congressman McDermott: 202-225-3106: [Can leave a message this weekend. So far.]

        Congressman Blumenauer: 202-225-4811: [Have to wait until Monday until you can leave a message.]

        Congressman Butterfield: 202-225-3101: [Have to wait until Monday until you can leave a message.]

      • MRW on February 7, 2015, 11:49 pm

        @annie,

        Calls from ordinary people will make a difference. It will be the complaints that will make the difference. They are expecting the jewish rolodex to be in full force. It is very rare for ordinary Americans to bitch. When it happens they get heart attacks, so it doesn’t matter if the pro-israeli phone tree is out in full force. it’s when ordinary people start bitching that they inhale quickly.

      • annie on February 8, 2015, 12:01 am

        here’s another list:

        Prominent black lawmakers U.S. Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and James Clyburn, D-S.C., will join U.S. Reps. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.

        Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/02/07/which-dems-are-admitting-theyll-skip-out-on-netanyahu-178261#ixzz3R7ueSSgP

      • MRW on February 8, 2015, 12:18 am

        @annie,

        OK. here are the remaining numbers:

        Congressman Clyburn: 202-225-3315 [mailbox full, call Monday]
        Congressman Grijalva: 202-225-2435 [mailbox full, call Monday]
        *Congressman Lee: 202-225-2661 [okay to call this weekend]*
        Congressman Meeks: 202-225-3461 [phone doesn’t answer]

      • annie on February 8, 2015, 10:53 am

        i have to get in touch with my rep Jared Huffman and hound him.

      • Mooser on February 9, 2015, 11:53 am

        “that line really stuck out for me too. the idea of it being anti american not to kowtow to the israeli pm”

        Did you get a load of JoeScar’s rant this morning, Mon. concerning anti-Semitism and the Democrats who will not attend Bibi’s scheduled speech? It’s a good’un!

      • SonofDaffyDuck on February 9, 2015, 2:13 pm

        Can’t we just have the AIPAC meeting in the Halls of Congress this year. All the participants for both Meetings will be in one place anyhow…just save them from having to gather up and move from one building to another.
        AIPAC always sends the lobby squads to hit each rep…this way teh squads wouldn’t have far to go to carry out that task before stepping across the hall to the AIPac gathering.
        Efficient it would be!

  3. Krauss on February 6, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Bibi is now making noises that Boehner had hoodwinked him – apparently Bibi thought that this proposal also came from the democrats.

    Does anyone buy this BS? Bibi first tried to throw Dermer under the bus, now he’s throwing Boehner under the bus. It speaks volumes about what a piece of shit of a person he is.

    What’s amazing to me is that both Dermer and Boehner are fine being blamed for an action both know that Bibi concocted through both of them. It must be most annoying to Dermer because he is there as a personal envoy of not just his nation but also Bibi. Boehner is a political whore to anyone who pays money and he is a weak person, who is often bullied by his own caucus to do what they want and he doesn’t (which is why they keep him on), so I’m not surprised to see him as a tool.

    All in all, this entire affair is a gift that keeps giving. The closer we get to the speech the worse it will look if Bibi pulls out. It’s amazing to me that he has tried to ride all of this out, by throwing friends to the wolves in his egotistical selfishness.

    At some point he will be trapped, as pulling out just a week or two before the speech is set to happen will make him look very weak before the Israeli election, if it doesn’t already. So he’s going to go anyway, and every single day the damage grows. Gideon Levy is right, if the Zionist “left” wins that would be worse for the occupation because it would confer a veneer of legitimacy over a colonial project.

    Bibi is such a disaster, let him keep winning, the curtain comes down a lot faster.

    • Krauss on February 6, 2015, 3:47 pm

      Oh, now Politico is telling us that Biden is skipping!
      http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/joe-biden-benjamin-netanuahus-speech-114970.html

      Well, this is hilarious. I’ll let the last few lines in that story sum up why:

      As president pro tempore, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will get his seat next to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who arranged the speech. That will put only Republicans in photos of Netanyahu delivering an address that Democrats already say is more about partisan politics than anything else.

      As I said, Bibi is the gift that keeps giving.

    • Daniel Rich on February 6, 2015, 7:56 pm

      @ Krauss,

      Q: At some point he will be trapped, as pulling out just a week or two before the speech is set to happen will make him look very weak before the Israeli election…

      R: Que in some atrocities to happen [to tribesmen @ home or abroad], forcing Netanyahoo to stay at the helm of the Apartheid State’s deflatable dingy… [no questions asked].

      • Pixel on February 7, 2015, 12:41 am

        @DR

        precisely.

    • Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 8:01 pm

      Not surprised at all. I’m telling you this a three way public bj gone wrong. Where are those political cartoonist? Bibi, Dermer, Boehner just loving each other all to pieces. Shattering

  4. HarryLaw on February 6, 2015, 1:19 pm

    “Matthews asked wisely. If we struck Iran we’d have to do so again every two years.” That’s wishful thinking, The US will not bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, the middle east would erupt in flames and Israel would be blamed. An Iranian General said if just one nuclear facility was hit then Dimona would be destroyed http://www.rense.com/general56/kjune.htm In my opinion all Israeli cities and infrastructure could be hit with a barrage of hundreds of Iranian missiles, so that the US would need to neutralize any possible retaliatory strike, which would entail a massive air campaign spread over many weeks, and over the whole of Iran and possibly Lebanon too. It ain’t going to happen, the US electorate, along with Russia and China will see to that.

    • Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 8:06 pm

      “the middle east would erupt in flames” I know you are a very smart person however the “erupting into flames” has been under way for quite some time. In fact some wonder if that was the original intent of the neocons. More of that “creative destruction” based on what they like to call “noble lies.” With no thought about the hundreds of thousands killed in their what seems to be a very twisted and deadly agenda. Rearranging the middle east.

  5. atime forpeace on February 6, 2015, 2:42 pm

    Norman Finkelstein made the observation that in the early days of Zionism here in the U.S, American Jews were careful not to be perceived as disloyal to the United States by showing a preference for Israel.
    Well i believe this is going to be fun (for me) as we start to see how this loyalty issue develops.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/benjamin-netanyahu-israel-congress-114965.html

    I believe that the Christian Israel lobby has been cultivated ( by our favorite forces) for, as the Christians are fond of using a biblical term used to describe Queen Esther’s beneficial presence at the kings court, “for such a time as this”.

    The loyalty issue is going to be instructive to watch play out, especially in the media, because the media will be very circumspect in how they present the issue, ensuring that loyalty is not part of the discussion. Just guessing that is how they will frame things.

  6. Chu on February 6, 2015, 2:43 pm

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the invitation was a mistake,
    but she’s going to attend the speech?

    While democrats have a reputation to upkeep as being spineless quislings,
    I didn’t think they’d stab their own president in the back by attending this speech.

    • crone on February 6, 2015, 3:03 pm

      Pelosi is undermining the Office of the President as well as the current President by attending. She is the Minority Leader after all.

      Pelosi speaks with a forked tongue.

      • Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 8:09 pm

        Pelosi has been and clearly plans to keep her lip prints all over Israel and the I lobbies collective asses. Pelosi you know the Dem who took “impeachment off the table”…no accountability for the thugs who lied about WMD’s in Iraq and are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries. Pelosi..Look over there…no over there.

      • Pixel on February 7, 2015, 12:45 am

        @ chu

        “quislings”

        love it.

    • lysias on February 6, 2015, 4:08 pm

      If she’ll be there, I wonder if she’ll take part in the standing ovations.

      • Chu on February 6, 2015, 5:11 pm

        I’m sure the enthusiasm shown by her colleagues will be too contagious to not engage in the merriment.

    • MRW on February 7, 2015, 1:22 am

      Can you imagine Pelosi and the others during the 1776 war? There wouldn’t have been a USA if they’d been around and in control.

      • Chu on February 9, 2015, 11:12 pm

        Bigger global threats must observe the USA government and laugh.
        Probably think it’s only a waiting game as politicians
        have to watch their own backs first.

        Reelection first, patriotism second! Long live Israel…

  7. JLewisDickerson on February 6, 2015, 3:26 pm

    RE: “I don’t think anybody should use the word ‘boycott,’” Pelosi said in her weekly press conference.

    MY COMMENT: ‘Refuseniks’* works for me. ‘Mishtamtim’** too. The important thing is to keep the pot boiling!

    * Refusal to serve in the IDF – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refusal_to_serve_in_the_IDF
    ** “The Shministim”, by Ed Asner – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ed-asner/shminisitim_b_150043.html

  8. Taxi on February 6, 2015, 4:01 pm

    Mac and Gus are enjoying a beer in the back yard.

    Mac: I know what Bibi’s gonna say.
    Gus: Every word.
    Mac: So what the heck’s the point?
    Gus: Strumming up war.
    Mac: You mean drumming up war.
    Gus: No I mean strumming.
    Mac: Like guitars?
    Gus: Like guilt strings and fear strings.
    Mac: Right, the holocaust.
    Gus: Bigger than that.
    Mac: Only one thing bigger than the holocaust.
    Gus: The new holocaust.
    Mac: Yap, Tehran is Berlin.
    Gus: You think history repeats or clones?
    Mac: I say it inseminates.
    Gus: Could be that history is all lies told by the telegenically dead.
    Mac: You could be Bibi’s speech writer.
    Gus: I don’t have enough lies in me to write his speech.
    Mac: Bibi’s coming over to give us the gift of fear.
    Gus: Antisemitism.
    Mac: I mean the gift of terror.
    Gus: Ah the new antisemitism.
    Mac: Yeah semitic moslems are the new antisemites.
    Gus: Bibi’s cool with Saudi islam.
    Mac: But Iranian islam must be destroyed.
    Gus: Because they care more about the Palestinians.
    Mac: That’s why Bibi needs to scare the shit out of us on the 3rd March.
    Gus: Hamas, hizbollah, isis, da’esh, al nusra, al qauida, iran – all same terrorist in a turban.
    Mac: And they’re coming right here to America to kill us all.
    Gus: Our women will be their Jihad wives, Bibi will say with bulging eyes.
    Mac: That would be scary if it were true.
    Gus; But it ain’t true cuz Bibi’s helping Alquida in Syria.
    Mac: While he’s helping himself to our tax dollars.
    Gus: He’s coming to take our money and soldiers.
    Mac: He’s gonna tell us he’s one of us and we’re all us against them.
    Gus: He’s gonna tell us nuke Iran or be nuked – no third option.
    Gus: Je suis Chosen,.
    Mac: Yeah he’s gonna say that too.
    Mac: …Say, you remember the old days when we didn’t know shit about the middle east?
    Gus: Yeah. Trippy huh?

    • Mooser on February 6, 2015, 8:59 pm

      “Mac: Bibi’s coming over to give us the gift of fear.”

      If memory serves (it’s been a while) it was Robespierre who invited the Jacobins “to share my fear”. And we know what happened to him.

      • Pixel on February 7, 2015, 12:47 am

        lol

    • Walid on February 6, 2015, 9:35 pm

      WOW, what a scenario, Taxi, the gift of fear. Teheran is Berlin, our women will be their jihadi wives; doomsday.

  9. lysias on February 6, 2015, 4:06 pm

    The Hill: Biden won’t attend Netanyahu address to Congress.

    They say he’ll be traveling abroad that day. Only they won’t say where yet! Talk about a dis!

    • Taxi on February 6, 2015, 4:31 pm

      Then there will be a nice empty chair right behind Netanyahu. Close-ups aside, the ’empty’ chair will be caught by numerous global cameras. In fact that should be the post-performance poster: side-comb Bibi speeching away with empty chair behind him.

      • Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 8:13 pm

        Boehner’s face sure to be swollen and red faced during Netanyhu’s speech.

        During Obama’s SOTU his face could have been used for hemorrhoid commercials. Don’t know if SNL did a skit on his face but they should have. Damn did he look uncomfortable or what?

        I will never forget when the Bread and Puppet theatre at the anti invasion marches in D.C. Incredible head costumes of Cheney, Bush, Rummy, Wolfowitz all in suits. Walked with them a long time. Could not get over what they were getting away with.having Bush, Cheney and war team doing on the streets of D.C.. Cheney would come up behind Bush and they would should I say snuggle, then switch, Rummy, Wolfie would get involved. Did I say ” could not get over what they were getting away with” These are the bloody murderous thugs that are responsible for hundreds of thousands dead. “What they got away with”

        Time for Bread and Puppet to bring some of their beautiful face mask of Netanyahu, Boehner and Dermer to D.C. for March 3 loving each other. Time for the so called liberal political cartoonist to do this public political three way up on their front pages…Over due.

    • DaBakr on February 6, 2015, 10:27 pm

      your naive if you think its a personal “dis”. biden and bibi are good friends and have been for years before Bidens service as vp under his commander and chief. in other words: biden is obligated to “dis” as you say netanyahu and netanyahu is fully aware of why. if you want to take it as personal to sooth your raging indignation-suit yourself.

      • DaBakr on February 6, 2015, 11:52 pm

        still-however it comes out in the end-its a major clusterfk for bibi. obama is relaxed and getting his game on. besides that-there is hardly any policy difference between rep and dem. obama asked nicely “give me some time” and then they BOTH say to proceed with harsh sanctions. i haven’t heard anybody-including bibs-discussing actual bombing anytime in near future.

        its like American meteorologists: the build up to this storm is the real game while the outcome will be nothing but a blustery wind. and there is always a chance netanyahu can pull a plum out of this pie as well. he is not unskilled in pr work.

      • annie on February 7, 2015, 1:01 am

        they BOTH say to proceed with harsh sanctions.

        source?

      • bryan on February 7, 2015, 3:12 am

        Your kidding yourself DaBakr. Sure its obligatory for American politicians to insist that they are best of friends with Israel and its government and its leadership, but do you really think there is a jot of sincerity behind the stance? Biden well remembers a trip he made to Israel in 2011, intent on promising friendship, support and protection to Israel, only to be poked in the eye by yet another announcement of settlement expansion that made his trip a catastrophe and a shameful humiliation. Netanyahu has a long history of “dissing” both VPOTUS and POTUS.

      • DaBakr on February 7, 2015, 2:30 pm

        @an
        read rabbi yoffe’s op-ed in Haaretz yesterday for a summation. on dem-rep policy on iran. and i specifically heard obama say that he supports harsh sanctions but wants some time to see if his negotiations can work first.
        @bry
        i can’t speak for other politicians but in the case of biden, i have known him personally since long before his vp. it is possibly that his views have changed somewhat but i doubt biden would let the msm portrayals decide his friendships for him

      • annie on February 7, 2015, 3:32 pm

        rabbi yoffie? you mean Republicans will be no tougher on Iran than Obama? http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.641059

        there’s a big dif between the gop position (following netanyau) and letting the negotiations play out. (obama).

        obama say that he supports harsh sanctions but wants some time to see if his negotiations can work first

        the last time the harsh sanctions resolution came up, obama spoke against voting for the harsh sanctions but couldn’t veto it because it had over 2/3 in congress. aipac wants harsh sanctions now.that’s the only reason it has all this support in congress. both houses are being squeezed, both parties are being squeezed. iran would not be on anybodies front burner if not for israel.

      • DaBakr on February 7, 2015, 4:32 pm

        @an
        israel, saudi arabia and egypt. US other powerful regional allies that are against Iran but do not get the same press overage as a ‘netanyahu-obama’ msm spat. you don’t really believe that Israel is the only regional player that wants to limit Iran’s production of a nuclear bomb?

        and yes-i mean rep’s will be no more likely to take overt action against Iran then dems . sanctions-now or later-is pretty much the extent of the US leg as far as Iran goes.

      • Taxi on February 7, 2015, 11:51 pm

        Dakaber,

        Where the hell do you get the idea that Egypt is anti Iran? In case you haven’t noticed, the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood (who hate Iran cuz they’re aligned with sunni oil sheiks) are thankfully NOT running Egypt anymore. Moreover, both Rohani and Sisi are fighting the same Alqaida menace; plus they’re both anti zionism.

        You zio guys can stay in bed with the Saudis till both your regimes are eventually defeated by the suffering locals. The enemies of the region have been fully identified: israel and it’s old friend Saudi Arabia. Egypt for sure is NOT the enemy of the region.

      • DaBakr on February 8, 2015, 5:31 pm

        @tk

        Where do I get the idea egypt is anti-Iran? Are you unaware that relations between the two nations were severed in the early 80s? That only minor efforts to improve goes have occurred since then and most of that was during the Muslim brotherhood regime. Iran criticized Sisi. Not sure why you are so clueless and don’t know that sisi is keeping ties with sauds close. You might want to educate yourself as to what other regional powers are opposed to iranian hegemony. You’re too blinded by your anti Zionist cloud to see clearly.

        And btw… muslim brother hood “hates” Iran? Think you better go back and check your news sources and read what the mullahs actually said

      • Taxi on February 8, 2015, 11:59 pm

        Dekabr,

        I certainly don’t get the “idea” from deluded zionist propaganda like you do:

        Iran ready to expand trade ties with Egypt :
        http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/07/396613/Iran-ready-to-expand-trade-ties-with-Egypt—

        Haddad Adel: Iran, Egypt ‘two strong wings of Islam’:
        http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/iran-egypt-rapprochement-islamic-state-common-enemy.html#

        Fact is, Iran has by far more friends in the region that israel ever will/can.

        And the irony of all ironies: Israeli policy on Iran is the biggest threat to its ‘special relationship’ with America:
        http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/30/israeli-policy-iran-threat-special-relationship-america

  10. lysias on February 6, 2015, 4:20 pm
  11. atime forpeace on February 6, 2015, 5:44 pm

    Abe Foxman Calls on Benjamin Netanyahu To Scrap Speech to GOP Congress
    ADL Chief Wants Israel Premier To End ‘Circus’

    Read more: http://forward.com/articles/214320/abe-foxman-calls-on-benjamin-netanyahu-to-scrap-sp/#ixzz3R0XVYDBA

    • Kathleen on February 7, 2015, 12:18 pm

      To fold or not to hold that is the question.. Look like a fool or look like a fool? Hmmm

  12. Kris on February 6, 2015, 5:49 pm

    O.T., but good news: Dr. Sami al-Arian is finally free after 12 years of harrassment and imprisonment by the U.S. on bogus “terrorism” charges. His real “crime” was speaking out on behalf of the Palestinians. May he find healing and peace now in Turkey. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/02/05/sami-al-arian-charged-terrorism-never-convicted-deported-today-u-s/

  13. John Fearey on February 6, 2015, 6:08 pm

    We’ve all written our congresspeople telling them in the most direct manner possible to BOYCOTT the speech, right?

    Give ’em hell Phil/MW. Never stop.

    John

    • Kris on February 6, 2015, 6:22 pm

      I didn’t contact my congresspeople because the more they hop up and down in obeisance to Netanyahu, the faster the rest of the country will wake up. When you are watching the puppets dance, you start to realize that someone is pulling their strings.

      • JWalters on February 6, 2015, 7:38 pm

        Wonder if Brian Williams will be reporting on this?

      • John Fearey on February 7, 2015, 9:47 am

        True, but I think this is also an opportunity to get in peoples’ faces about Israel ‘s outrageous treatment of Palestinians. Every day is an opportunity, some better than others.

      • Susan A on February 8, 2015, 7:22 am

        Thanks for that Kris. I knew nothing of this case but am not at all surprised that a ‘stateless Palestinian’ should be treated in such a way. Thanks to the American jurors (far finer representatives of ‘the land of the free’ than the government, judiciary etcetera), he is now able to try to begin a new life elsewhere.

  14. wondering jew on February 6, 2015, 6:12 pm

    Currently it is the Israeli left that is failing in its duty to present a clear alternative to Bibi and his pro occupation policies. The Israeli left (those who favor a two state solution based upon the 67 borders and negotiated land swaps) should come out and say, “Borders First” Israel must negotiate the borders with the future Palestine first. If such a map could be signed, this would designate the specificity of the future Palestine and thus would indicate: today there is no border because there is no peace, but some day there will be a border and this is it.

    • eljay on February 6, 2015, 8:37 pm

      >> y.f.: The Israeli left (those who favor a two state solution based upon the 67 borders and negotiated land swaps) should come out and say, “Borders First” Israel must negotiate the borders with the future Palestine first. If such a map could be signed, this would designate the specificity of the future Palestine and thus would indicate: today there is no border because there is no peace, but some day there will be a border and this is it. <<

      Partition borders exist. And '67 borders – the borders upon which the Israeli left's two-state solution is based upon – also exist.

      The problem isn't that no-one is defining what the borders are – the problem is that Zio-supremacists don't give a f*ck about the borders because they want as much of Palestine as they can get for their religion-supremacist "Jewish State" of (Greater) Israel.

    • Mooser on February 6, 2015, 9:02 pm

      Yonah, how is Israel supposed to “settle” or “negotiate” while it is still occupying, and still settling? Please don’t be ridiculous. Oh never mind, I guess I have a habit of making futile requests.

      “If such a map could be signed”? Holy Moly, Yonah, do you have any, even the slightest freaking idea how far Israel is from being able to “sign such a map”?

      You live in a dream world.

      And Yonah, how the hell is it the “Israeli Lefts” problem to fix things? Likud has been in power for how many years?

    • talknic on February 6, 2015, 9:09 pm

      @ yonah fredman ” The Israeli left (those who favor a two state solution based upon the 67 borders and negotiated land swaps) should come out and say, “Borders First” Israel must negotiate the borders with the future Palestine first.”

      Why? Israel has borders. They were proclaimed effective at 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time) by the Israeli Government on May 15th 1948 and have not since changed by any legal means.

      It’s very simple. By default what is not within Israel’s actual, legal, proclaimed and recognized borders, is not Israeli.

      Israel is legally obliged to live within its borders, legally required to end occupation, legally required to withdraw its military from all non-Israeli territories, legally required repatriate all its citizens back to Israel including those non-Jewish Israelis it dispossessed in 1948 and legally required to pay reparations which it cannot now nor has it ever been able to afford.

      The Palestinians are under no legal obligation what so ever to negotiate anything with Israel. Negotiations only mean one thing. The Palestinians forgoing some of their rights so Israel can gain what it has absolutely no legal right to gain and; to enable Israel to circumvent the consequences of its 67 years of illegally building illegal facts on the ground in non-Israeli territory.

      “If such a map could be signed”

      It was by Israel in 1948 and witnessed by every country that recognized Israel.

      The Israeli government proclamation in order to be recognized has been shown you time and time again. Are you really so stupid you can’t understand?

      ” today there is no border because there is no peace.”

      Whatever bullsh*t you need to spout yonah. People like you are the reason there is no peace.

      • Doubtom on February 7, 2015, 10:44 am

        Well said!

      • Mooser on February 7, 2015, 8:48 pm

        “Well said!”

        Wewll said, every time “talknic” say it, and links to the documents. But it never sinks a millimeter into their skulls. Yonah will come back and repeat the same things tomorrow and the day after. I’m just happy “talknic” (and lots of others, too) have the energy and patience to go on correcting him. But he’ll never absorb it.

      • talknic on February 7, 2015, 9:06 pm

        @ Mooser ” it never sinks a millimeter into their skulls. Yonah will come back and repeat the same things tomorrow and the day after”

        That’s the role propagandists play. The Yonahs and hophmis do their cause a dis-service and give one ample opportunities to inform other readers and to hone the wording of one’s debate in order to become succinct, factual, concise, leaving propagandists with their Ziopoop horribly smeared and nothing but false accusations to desperately fling

        An honestly interested person usually accepts indisputable factual material, absorbs it and alters their opinion accordingly with a better understanding of why the situation is like it is. It’s called education/learning.

        E.g., why the UN is not in fact biased against Israel and has in fact given Israel hundreds of opportunities to adhere to the laws their resolutions emphasize” (all law is binding, even when referenced in a Chapt VI resolution)

      • Mooser on February 8, 2015, 7:22 pm

        “and give one ample opportunities to inform other readers”

        Which I thank you for taking!

      • talknic on February 10, 2015, 12:15 pm

        @ Mooser “Which I thank you for taking!”

        I’m just an olde opportunist annoyed at when the opportunity has been missed at EVERY opportunity …. http://wp.me/pDB7k-pE

    • ziusudra on February 7, 2015, 2:38 am

      Greetings yonah fredman,
      all political parties want & have the same present situation which is complete control of contiguous Falesteena. They have it de facto, but they will have to keep it. That being the hardest part of the conquest. W/o the US, & we know that the US will shrug & move on sooner or later, they will implode. Carpe Diem, but prepare for your final Exodus. Hell with your existance record, you had to pull up stakes 1650BC leaving for Egypt & 400 yrs of slavery & it only got worse losing every conflict since then.
      ziusudra
      PS Compromise & live along side of the Falesteeni, you have no other lasting solution.

  15. Rusty Pipes on February 6, 2015, 6:44 pm

    It’s time for more timid Dems to pull a Marcia Brady passive-aggressive date-dodge: “something important came up.” Or maybe they’ll really need to wash their hair that day instead.

    • Marnie on February 7, 2015, 5:50 am

      They need to get their plugs changed (could be car, could be hair) that day.

  16. American on February 6, 2015, 6:55 pm

    Netanyahu adm is now throwing Boehner under the bus and saying its all his fault…
    Lay down with hyenas John boy, you get ticks..heh heh

    http://forward.com/articles/214320/abe-foxman-calls-on-benjamin-netanyahu-to-scrap-sp/?

    Netanyahu and his allies appeared to be looking for excuses about how the speech turned into a political disaster
    The strategy he settled on appears to be to shift the blame to Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
    According to this explanation, Netanyahu, through his ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer, had understood that Boehner would make sure that Democrats were on board with the idea of inviting the Israeli leader to address a joint meeting of Congress on the problem of Iran’s nuclear development
    activities. Maybe not all Democratic leadership, but at least enough to allow all sides to say with a straight face that it was bipartisan…

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/06/rats-fleeing-sinking-ship-israel-boehner-lied-netanyahu-speech.html

    A top official is publicly claiming that John Boehner mislead the Israeli government into believing that President Obama had been notified and was on board with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress.
    During an appearance on Tel Aviv Radio, Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said, “It appears that the speaker of Congress made a move, in which we trusted, but which it ultimately became clear was a one-sided move and not a move by both sides,”

    • Ellen on February 7, 2015, 2:51 am

      Fascinating to watch the meltdown. Now the Israeli government is accusing Boehner and the GOP of intentionally misleading and lying to the office of the Israeli PM.

      These guys have no style, know no borders of decency. They’ve just spit on their Main Stooge in the US Congress. Well, what did Boehner and his cohorts expect?

      The rest of Congress, including Pelosi, attending and cheering will go down as the pathetic stooges they are.

    • ritzl on February 7, 2015, 4:02 am

      There was a bus poster recently that describes the process, from the Israel PoV.

      “Israel’s bus company Egged has accepted this ad in Jerusalem:

      Statement of the kingdom. From the teachings=instructions of the [Lubavitcher] rabbi

      The Gentile does not want anything. He waits to be told what the Jew wants!”

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/01/rabbis-about-gentiles#sthash.TpfxW3AZ.dpuf

      Boehner is sacrificial. Just ask UIUC Chancellor Wise (she willingly shed any/all/a career’s worth of credibility for managing an academic institution in order to do a/some donor’s bidding). Plenty more where he/she came from.

      • Mooser on February 7, 2015, 8:53 pm

        “The Gentile does not want anything. He waits to be told what the Jew wants!”

        I guess some people do take that malarkey seriously! Oh well, if it floats their boat.

  17. Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 7:03 pm

    How many times did Netanyahu kick Biden and Kerry in the cajones when they were in Israel? How many times did Israel announce more growth in illegal settlements in the West Bank and illegal housing in E Jerusalem?

    The bigger issue here is Israel trying to halt healthy and constructive negotiations with Iran. Israel’s persistent unwillingness to sign the NPT the treaty that Iran is being threatened over. And Israel’s persistent defiance when it comes to completely ignoring many President’s request that they put a HALT to building illegal settlements. Israel’s constant undermining of U.S. National Security is being spotlighted.

    Pelosi’s ass kissing is nothing new. This was the person to take “impeachment off the table” in regard to demands by many Americans and people around the world for the Bush administration war hawks to be held accountable for their horrendous lies and the horrific outcome of those many lies.

    How insane that Chris Matthews said “It’s (Israel) a very free country” Horseshit Chris…against the law to mention the “Nakba” When will Matthews take his lips off of Israel’s ass and actually open up those eyes and look at it from the experience of Palestinians? Talk about having his head up where the sun does not shine on this issue

    • American on February 6, 2015, 7:41 pm

      Give up on the ms media K….all the I-First execs at the networks will have to be swinging from lampost before the public will ever hear a grain of truth re Israel (or them) from US outlets.

      • Doubtom on February 7, 2015, 10:46 am

        Amen!

      • Kathleen on February 7, 2015, 12:20 pm

        Have to watch to verify. Have to push to have hope! There is movement. Keep pushing not because you will necessarily see results but because your sense of justice is guiding you.

    • JWalters on February 6, 2015, 7:45 pm

      It’s the whole mainstream “American” media. Charlie Rose, point guard for the Bloomberg Israelis, had a long conversation recently about the motivations of “radical” Muslims. During the entire hour there was not one word mentioned about anyone being motivated by justice for the Palestinians suffering under the long history of Zionist assaults, massacres and robberies.

      It’s hard to believe anybody, especially in the news business, could actually be so uninformed, which inevitably leads to other theories.

    • Kay24 on February 6, 2015, 8:33 pm

      I think Matthews went over on a freebee trip or two to Israel, to place his lips there. Once the connection is made it is hard to remove said lips.

      • Pixel on February 7, 2015, 12:58 am

        @kay

        ZioGLUE

  18. American on February 6, 2015, 7:35 pm

    ”US Jewish hawks threaten to ‘shame’ Democrats who skip Netanyahu speech in Congress ”

    http://www.jpost.com/page.aspx?pageid=7&articleid=390255

    It would be great! if enugh dems didnt show to make the jewish hawks have to go after most of the dem party or the dem party as a whole.
    I hope they do their usual screaming and condemning and anti semiting and get on lots of new channels 24/7 telling everyone how they are traitors if they don’t support a war for the Foreign country of Israel.

  19. doug on February 6, 2015, 7:43 pm

    Commentary is suggesting the PM should find a way to cancel.

    While the heavily Republican neocon publication relishes the idea that the Republicans could benefit, especially from big money, they appear to view this as harming Israel more than helping the Republicans. And, well, they are Israel Firsters.

    In other news Commentary notes in a review that Bob Hope wasn’t as broadly influential as other major comedians and comes to the obvious conclusion as to why : “He Wasn’t Jewish.”

    • MRW on February 7, 2015, 1:33 am

      In other news Commentary notes in a review that Bob Hope wasn’t as broadly influential as other major comedians and comes to the obvious conclusion as to why : “He Wasn’t Jewish.”

      Hope was more influential. Commentary is playing with its short and curls again. Name one Jewish comedian who had his stature at the same time.

      • doug on February 7, 2015, 7:00 pm

        Explicit in the Commentary review was that Hope was not as influential outside of comedy as other comedians because he wasn’t Jewish. It isn’t at all clear why they believe not being Jewish would be a principal reason that Hope wouldn’t have a broader, cultural reach. Itself, an interesting assertion. It almost looks like an allusion to Jew=smarter.

      • Mooser on February 8, 2015, 7:27 pm

        Bob Hope may not be Jewish, but is there any reason why he can’t be numbered among the Righteously Funny Gentiles? Especially when he was younger.

      • Philemon on February 8, 2015, 8:33 pm

        Gracie Allen?

        Oh, sorry. She wasn’t Jewish.

  20. Daniel Rich on February 6, 2015, 7:46 pm

    If VP Biden would have a real set of cojones, he would tell Netanyahoo to simply ‘F*** off!’ and not hide behind a skimpy line of BS that reads like a child’s attempt to plead innocence [with a handful of cookies in plane plain sight], A statement released by Biden’s office indicated that the vice president will be abroad on the day that Netanyahu is scheduled to address Congress..

    Barf!

  21. American on February 6, 2015, 8:07 pm

    ” “One Democratic aide lamented that the debate has evolved in such a way that lawmakers risk the perception of being forced to choose between their support for Israel and that for the White House. “We want to support both,” the aide said, “and there’s no way to attend this speech and do that.””

    gawd!..I am so tired of these stupids.
    You CANNOT support both you imbeciles. …you never *legitimately* or patriotically could.

  22. Kay24 on February 6, 2015, 8:32 pm

    Why is Nancy Pelosi so shy to use the term “boycott”? She should be using the word very freely, and calling for one. It is time our spineless congress realized this horrible situation thrust on them by Bibi/Dermer/Boenher, calls for a boycott. It is either choose Bibi and war with Iran, or choose their own President, who is striving to get peace with Iran. Where are their loyalties?
    I agree one should be diplomatic, but then when the man instrumental is bulldozing his way into the halls of congress, is not doing it diplomatically, but arrogantly, why should we respond diplomatically? I am glad that Biden will not be attending, but he should have openly stated he is boycotting the speech, not make feeble excuses about a trip. What is wrong with these people?

    Our media should be raising hell about it, and questioning the congress and their choice to attend this fiasco. But then I suppose, they do not want to go over that zionist line.

    • Kay24 on February 6, 2015, 8:35 pm

      I am also disgusted with Menendez, who keeps his lips stuck there in an even more devoted way, and now says he will be there for the speech whenever Bibi turns up. He is a big time brown noser.

      • Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 9:26 pm

        He walked very softly around this issues since he has been on the air. Long before those trips, I believe there were several.

        Now if Israel and the I lobby groups are somehow successful at breaking down the Iran P5+1 negotiations and they continue to push U.S. a military confrontation with Iran and are somehow successful if HIllary gets in (and I for one believe she will) Chris will claim he was always against any military confrontation with Iran. As if he played Hardball on the issue in the run up. Always covering his own lily white ass and yellow bellied cowardly ways. Always protecting his paycheck is who Chris Matthews is. Now Melissa Harris Perry has really been sticking her neck out on this issue. Joy Reid a bit too.

      • Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 9:27 pm

        Indeed

  23. Mikesailor on February 6, 2015, 10:07 pm

    Actually, the one thing unmentioned is that Bibi rescheduled this “speech” to coincide with the AIPAC meetings. Now, if Biden is away to parts unknown, will he “return” for AIPAC? If too many Democrats appear for Netanyahu, do you think that having them speak at the AIPAC conference will confirm the idea many Americans share: that our government works for Israel and not the USA? Whereas, if they don’t speak before AIPAC and boycott Bibi, then will AIPAC tar them as anti-Israel? With the attendant publicity, I think the Democrats would be insane to show up for the speech, and AIPAC would be insane to call them on it. But, never count out the unfortunate habit of Democratic cowardice combined with Jewish Lobby arrogance. Should be interesting as the time for the speech approaches. No matter what happens, this will only accelerate the Democratic rank-and file leaving the Zionist camp as can be seen with the younger Dems already.

  24. RoHa on February 6, 2015, 10:26 pm

    So Biden has given up politics, then?

  25. Kathleen on February 6, 2015, 10:31 pm

    Phil tried to use the link that you provided to get to the Chris Matthews segment that you are referring to and not accurate somehow. Went to the website and went through most of last nights show and the night before. Can you point me in the direction of just where Matthews talks about this issue with Michael Steele. Want to listen . Not getting to the exact segment that the conversation took place.

    Rosenberg’s comment about Stewart not wanting to criticize Netanyahu was interesting. Stewart has been soft on Israel and their leaders for the majority of time he has been on air. Always willing to rip Iran a new one but generally does not touch Israel or leaders. Although we do know that he and his writers went after Jane Harman and her “waddling on over to interfere in the Aipac investigation” He has stepped out of his box a bit on this issue the last 8 or so years.

    • Pixel on February 7, 2015, 1:23 am

      HARDBALL

      02/05/15

      What’s involved in big names visiting the Capitol

      The Hardball Roundtable – Michael Steele, Amanda Terkel, and Ken Vogel – examine the politics and the possible outcomes of the upcoming congressional appearances by both Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      http://www.msnbc.com/hardball#52209542

      • Kathleen on February 7, 2015, 12:22 pm

        Thanks.

  26. SonofDaffyDuck on February 7, 2015, 10:31 am

    Ya gotta love it! Watching those congreessmen and senators squirm when they think about not attending the Circus. Will they lose their AIPAC check? Will they lose their all paid expense trips to Israel next year? Will they lose their front row seats at the March AIPAC meeting.

    And how could that affect their lucrative post-congressional careers

    • Kathleen on February 7, 2015, 12:23 pm

      The winds are shifting and they know it. Tough to choose to help tip the scales when it might cost you your next election

  27. Xpat on February 7, 2015, 2:28 pm

    “If we struck Iran we’d have to do so again every two years. ”
    If Israel struck Gaza they’d have to do so again every two years.

  28. Taxi on February 7, 2015, 2:41 pm

    Israeli Opposition Calls On Netanyahu To Cancel Congress Speech:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/07/netanyahu-cancel-congress-speech_n_6635916.html

    LOL! 24 more days of watching the noose swinging over the donkey and his felators’ heads.

    Aaaaaaah finally, not just a crack in the center but an ongoing explosion. We deserve to watch this disaster movie, we really do.

    • eljay on February 7, 2015, 3:34 pm

      >> Taxi:
      Israeli Opposition Calls On Netanyahu To Cancel Congress Speech:
      link to huffingtonpost.com <<

      Centrist leader Yair Lapid said the speech’s fall out was “causing serious damage to Israel’s strategic relations with the United States.”

      Not possible! Israel and the U.S. have an “unshakeable bond” of “shared common values” with “no light between”.

  29. Taxi on February 7, 2015, 2:42 pm

    People always get bit by their own greed.

    • American on February 7, 2015, 3:24 pm

      This is also the time to hit congress on the money we give Israel.

      Its the biggest longest running con game in the history of the universe.
      Zionist pay US politicians a few millions– –US politican then give the zionist billions of working americans tax money.
      Its lose -lose for america and american suckers.

      Israel btw has never paid one cent back on US loans.

      Will Someone Please Help Netanyahu Down From His Tree?

      http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2015/02/07/will-someone-please-help-netanyahu-down-from-his-tree/

      ”This is truly unprecedented. The most powerful, and most effective Israeli lobby on the planet is frightened of the consequences from Netanyahu’s visit. They are not kidding. The last time there has been a confrontation on this level between an Israeli PM and an American President, George Bush I threatened to cancel $10 billion in loan guarantees that were supposed to fund the huge Jewish-Russian immigration to Israel in the late 1980s”

      http://www.wrmea.org/congress-u.s.-aid-to-israel/u.s.-financial-aid-to-israel-figures-facts-and-impact.html

      Congressional researchers have disclosed that between 1974 and 1989, $16.4 billion in U.S. loans were converted to grants and that this was the understanding from the beginning.
      Indeed, all past U.S. loans to Israel have eventually been forgiven by Congress, which has undoubtedly helped Israel’s often-touted claim that they have never defaulted on a U.S. government loan

  30. crone on February 7, 2015, 6:45 pm

    Haaretz Removes Report that Netanyahu Pressured Japanese Regulators to Approve Adelson Casino Bid
    by Richard Silverstein on February 5, 2015

    “,,, Another interesting aspect of Misgav’s report is that he asked the entirely apt question: for whom does Bibi work? The Israeli people? Or Sheldon Adelson? Of course, to Adelson, they are one and the same. But is it in the interest of the Israeli people for the Sands to gain control of the Japanese gambling market?

    I think back to the days after military service when Bibi went into the home furnishings business (when he wasn’t off on assignment for the Mossad, that is). Is he now anything more than a glorified mattress salesman?

    Who might the source for this anonymous story might be? The choices are varied: Japan (unlikely), a disgruntled former aide, or the NSA. As far-fetched as the latter may seem, that agency spies regularly on the communications of U.S. allies (Brazil, Germany, among others). It’s conceivable it eavesdropped on Japanese diplomats as well. If so, Obama certainly has plenty of motivation to torpedo Adelson’s casino bid while wounding a second Bibi-bird with the same stone.”

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2015/02/05/haaretz-removes-report-that-netanyahu-pressured-japanese-regulators-to-approve-adelson-casino-bid/

  31. Kathleen on February 8, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Just watched Sunday’s MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry’s segment on the Netanyahu/Dermer/ Boehner debacle. Netanyahu attempting to undermine U.S. negotiations with Iran. Knocked out of the park with the guest….Hillary Mann Leverett and Ayman Moyheldin. “Iran at center of Netanyahu Controversy” No one else covering this as honestly as MHP and her guest

Leave a Reply