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The pressure keeps mounting on Benjamin Netanyahu to arrange a face-saving means of cancelling his speech to both houses of Congress next month lest he create a rift between the U.S. and Israel. Almost every Zionist and Israel-supporter seems to agree about this, from Nancy Pelosi to Abraham Foxman to J Street to Michael Oren (It could hurt our efforts to act against Iran) to Shmuel Rosner (For Israel’s sake) to Tom Friedman (“Israel and its defenders are already under siege on college campuses across America”).

It feels inevitable that in a day or so, the Israeli government is going to announce some lame excuse or other — Sara Netanyahu’s bottle bill, a border incident, a new settlement project, a collapse of a party list in the election campaign, or a crisis over Netanyahu’s son’s dating habits — that will allow the prime minister to change the speaking gig.

Only Netanyahu himself seems determined to go forward.

And I agree with him. Dear Mr. Netanyahu, please don’t cancel your speech. This speech is too important to cancel. For three reasons:

1. The speech should go on because its historical amazement — the spectacle of a warmongering foreign leader rebuking the U.S. president on his foreign policy before a joint session of Congress — will catalyze an important political debate over the American people’s interest in the Middle East. The United States and Israel have a genuine difference over Iran policy. For a bunch of crazy reasons, but reasons all the same, Israelis describe the Iranian nuclear program as an “existential” threat. No American feels that to be true. And the more vigorous this debate, more Americans will get to talk about why Israel has nuclear weapons, whether its regional superpower rival can be contained (as the Soviet Union was contained within our memories, for many years), whether all American options really should be on the table. Americans have a right to reach the conclusion that Iran is not a big problem for us, and that we need to be friends with an advanced society of 75 million people, almost all Muslims. The Netanyahu speech, filled with fire and brimstone, will allow them to do so. In fact, so many Americans will conclude that there should be no military response to Iran’s nuclear program that they will enable Obama to reach a deal with Iran, and help to end the cold war between the U.S. and Iran that has helped to make the Middle East an east-west battleground.

2. The speech will drive a wedge between an important segment of the American power structure (progressive Democrats, led by Barack Obama) and Israel, at last. This is the real reason that people oppose the speech; it threatens the health and vigor of the Israel lobby by making Israel support a political football. These supporters don’t want any daylight between any part of the American power structure and Israel because Israel needs the U.S. more than anything and it must never be politicized. As Tom Friedman explains, “Israel needs the support of more than just Congress or one party.” J Street: “Israel… will always need support from across the American political spectrum to feel truly secure.” I.e., the president and Democratic liberals have to be in bed with Israel along with everyone else in Washington. But if the speech takes place, and the lobby loses the blind support of progressive Democrats, the American people will get to debate Israel policy and maybe even speak critically about all the stuff that Israel is doing, like massacring Palestinians in Gaza and building colonies on Palestinian land. Right now those issues are not discussed openly in the U.S. power structure and leading media. But if the speech happens and Obama/Biden turn their backs on Netanyahu, and so do a dozen or two Democrats– and the rightwing Israel groups then launch a shaming policy against those Democrats for alleged betrayal — progressives will then speak openly (on MSNBC and CNN) about why they boycotted the speech. That would change American politics. As Ari Fleischer says, wisely. “If they [Dems] boycott the speech, they’ll be casting their lot with the more liberal, not pro-Israel base of the party, and that would be a shocking development. It would be a radical break.” Exactly. That’s why several excellent groups have called on our politicians to “boycott” the speech.

3. The speech might allow a long-suppressed argument between neoconservatives (or Israel firsters, as MJ Rosenberg calls them) and our coalition of leftwing Palestinian solidarity activists and national interest types to take center stage in US politics. Think about it: the only people who want this speech to happen now are our side, the Palestinian solidarity types, and the hard-core neocons. Why? Because we both think we can win. We think we will do so by having our issue discussed by the American people, while the neocons are possessed by blind zeal; they think they will win in the same way that they manipulated the power structure before the Iraq war, by fearful politics, by blustering about WMD and the threat to the U.S. and the threat to political donations. I think the neocons have miscalculated out of hubris. This is a group led by Bill Kristol, who once bragged that he purged the “oldfashioned Arabists” from the Republican Party in the 1990s. Well the “Arabists” haven’t gone away. There are still millions of them in America, people who actually care about Palestinian human rights. The noble Kayla Mueller of Prescott Arizona who just died at the hands of ISIS was one of them.

If the speech goes forward, people will be openly debating Israel’s influence in our politics, and the absence of a voice for the other side. They will discuss whether the tail is wagging the dog, and why we are at war in the Middle East– or “how did we get into this mess” (as Tom Friedman puts it). They will get to talk about the three root causes of the conflict (Zionism, Palestinian resistance, inflexible U.S. support for Zionism).

The Netanyahu speech will be a great shock to the American system, and a healthy one: it will set off a long needed and long denied conversation.

So please Mr. Netanyahu, don’t cancel your speech.

Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.

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  1. just on February 10, 2015, 11:41 am

    Really awesome piece.

    Thank you.

    • Krauss on February 10, 2015, 2:29 pm

      I feel like this site has this ritual. First Phil is giving out all these ledes for us to debate, and so we do, and he weighs our arguments against each other and his own.

      Then he does this kind of “summary” piece, which is always awesome to read, and a large part why we are a loyal readership base here. In them, he goes through everything we have been debating for days in more detail than everyone and with more clarity.

      And so you come out on the other side, quite amazed, because you learn not just facts from news but you always appreciate an intelligent mind thinking about issues that you didn’t think about, or that you did, but not as deeply/clearly.

      So, yes, thanks Phil. These summaries/think pieces are awesome. And it’s still crazy that you don’t have a MSM presence. They would need you(but you would be too dangerous). And I would never read a chained/emasculated version of you anyway, so this uninhibited version is far better, far more interesting, far more truthful, which is the most important one of them all.

      P.S. Now Pat Leahy is saying Bibi-Byebye.
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4625180,00.html

      May this prolonged spectacle/clown show never end!

      • DaBakr on February 12, 2015, 9:21 pm

        phwweh. and people here call the zionists “brainwashed”, can somebody say MW groupie?

    • michtom on March 1, 2015, 6:48 am

      Can’t agree with the arguments here.

      “progressive Democrats, led by Barack Obama” WTF?!?
      Obama is not even remotely progressive. As to the rest of the Dems in Congress, there will be about 30 not going.

      “The speech will drive a wedge between an important segment of the American power structure … and Israel, at last.”
      There is a lot of talk about disagreements between Obama and Netanyahu, but, until there is an actual threat of reduction of funding from this administration, there is no wedge.

      “several excellent groups have called on our politicians to ‘boycott’ the speech.”
      While the groups are unequivocally excellent, they have little to no influence with any members of the power structure. Code Pink: “low-life scum” to John McCain. Did anyone in the power structure, any so-called progressive Democrat ask him to apologize or in any way stand up for Code Pink or, for that matter, free speech?

      “If the speech goes forward, people will be openly debating Israel’s influence in our politics, and the absence of a voice for the other side. They will discuss whether the tail is wagging the dog.”

      Really? Would that be the way everyone is talking about the MSM lies that helped W get us into Iraq. Oh, wait! They’re debating whether Brian Williams lies are worse than Bill O’Reilly’s.

      As to the Israeli tail wagging the US dog, that’s a standard wrongheaded view of the US’s long term funding of Israel.

      “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance.” CRS Report for Congress [http://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf]

  2. David Doppler on February 10, 2015, 11:51 am

    The risk, Phil, is that Netanyahu will engineer other facts on the ground, to prevent the US-Iran deal. Your rosy scenario discounts the possibility that the terrorism alarm lights will be in full-flash mode, sirens wailing, bombs exploding, people gripped by fear. Netanyahu keeps doubling down, which means he would rather blow things up than lose the election, rather blow things up than let the US and Iran make a deal.

    It is only in an escalating crisis that Netanyahu succeeds on either of his goals.

    You feel safe and secure and that the debate will end Netanyahu’s trajectory. While I hope you are right, I fear you are wrong. He has kept his hand on the tiller of the initiative, so far. If he cancels or postpones his speech now, he will very publicly have been forced to surrender the initiative, in itself, a very public defeat for the Leader. It seems certain to change his standing in the polls.

    So he goes forward with his speech, and, lo and behold, dangerous, exploding facts punctuate his points, and the time for debate is over because immediate fighting has intervened. A very dangerous time. Better that he cancel and then be defeated by his own electorate, crisis averted.

    • Ellen on February 10, 2015, 1:18 pm

      The concern of a false flag is real, but if that were to happen at this moment the potential for a massive backfire is great.

      The US desire for normalized relations with Iran are simply too great. The will is more than political, but for long term security and….industrial and economic interests. In the longer run these interest are vastly greater than Israel. (And that is one of the true concerns for Israel.)

      I suspect Israel will not get away with a false flag at this juncture. And the damage to Israel would be absolutely enormous.

      Let’s rather hope the Israeli PM simply reveals himself for the lunatic he is and his handlers in the US for the deranged traitors and stooges they are .

      • Taxi on February 10, 2015, 3:27 pm

        The israelis wouldn’t dare a false-flag op over this. Netanyahu can f*ck around with the President of the United States all he wants but he can’t f*ck around with Empire and it’s Empire that ultimately runs this “special relationship” and it runs it primarily for its own benefit and only its own. Yes aipac owns congress but that’s because Empire is willing to put up with corruptions in our political halls, again, for the sake of its own benefit. And it is in Empire’s benefit right now to acquire as many mideastern friends with vital/natural resources as it possibly can, if only to counter the rapidly expanding Russian influence in the middle east, especially considering the new Russian-Egyptian partnership that Russia snagged right out of American’s clutches today.

        Netanyahu’s speech taking place or not makes no difference whatsoever – there will be a deal between the USA and Iran regardless. This is the one time that America will NOT give israel what it wants – not for the love of Iranians, but for the opportunity to re-vitalize its waning hold on the middle east.

        After decades of failed Empire policies in the middle east, culminating presently with the dark unleashing of Da’esh, Al Nusra, ISIS, Alquida and other violent brotherhoods across the vast Arab lands, Empire now must achieve a success of sorts, a grand one: it absolutely MUST produce a grand success. And it thinks it can subdue much dangerous and costly anti-Americanism in the Levant, North Africa and beyond by making peace with 80 million Iranians, most of them moslems.

        No, America will not exactly abandon isreal, but it will make a strategic friendship with Iran, and play that ‘friendship’ to further its advantages and powers over Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Iran in the hands of Empire can be used as both a stick and a carrot. A carrot with some of its difficult and spoilt client states like israel and Saudi Arabia. And a stick against its historic adversary, Russian.

        As the current scoreboard stands, Russia has won the fight over Egypt. Empire therefore MUST now win the fight over Iran and the nuclear deal is the perfect opportunity to sap some power away from the Russians in the middle east by reestablishing profitable business ties with Iranian industries, and breaking the current Chino-Russian monopoly on Iran’s natural resources and arms deals. Iran is desperate for sanctions to be lifted and Empire is desperate for more influence and industries and less unmanageable wars in the middle east. Iran and America need something of each other but Empire has been playing its ‘need’ card very close to its chest. Netanyahu’s controversial and imminent speech has somewhat forced Empire to show its need-card to the world. Empire needs a deal with Iran – otherwise Obama (Empire mouthpiece) would have just bent over to Netanyahu like he was told to do with the settlements. Yes, Empire wants a deal with Iran. And Empire gets what it wants.

        The dirty fight between Netanyahu and Obama is pure Kabuki for the masses, if you like. But it’s powerful and symbolic of the changing sails of Empire – counter winds punching the ship and rocking it at the turn while the captain and crew change course.

        We will still ‘support’ Israel, yes. But we will also soon open an Embassy in Tehran – for the sake of Empire remaining mighty and solo supreme.

      • anonymouscomments on February 11, 2015, 2:13 am

        I differ with Taxi, and that is rare. Empire was the game for most all, but empires were waning, and died DEAD for sure on 9/11/01.

        If you think national interest is not supplanted by nothing but war profits, right wing zionism, and even darker geopolitical machinations, you have not been watching the (de)volition close enough.

        Was “blowing up” trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan good for the empire when there was only alienation of the ME and the rest of the world clear, along with increased/hastened dollar devaluation (and nothing else clear, but messing with future perceived Israeli regional ‘threats’)? Perhaps those true (calcified and irrelevant) people who though the WOT was good for the US/Western EMPIRE are not down with biting off Iran. This is true… I agree. I predict we lay off Iran for this reason, and because 2-staters are now trying to prevent biblical mayhem, and others know it is just too much BS, and other people have balanced the equation. But Iran was the end game of 9/11, after the other stated 6 countries.

        But the empire is dead, and we can expect only war profits, and playing out Israeli agendas to CONTINUE. Only checked slightly, at times, by a few worried about US interests and the USD.

        Peace

      • Taxi on February 11, 2015, 10:54 am

        That’s an interesting view, anon, that Empire was brought down by four box-cutters… And nobody noticed. But I beg to differ on this point. The scenario you describe is actually in the process of unfolding, but it has not yet fully done so. Empire is critically wounded, but not quite dead yet.

      • David Doppler on February 11, 2015, 12:47 pm

        I hope you are right Ellen. But remember what happened when prior presidents came to impasse with the Israeli government.

        On Netanyahu’s lunacy, see his blow-up Sunday at the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronath and website YNET, and the paper’s owner Arnon Mozes, who Netanyahu attacks both for smearing him and his wife, AND for trying to destroy Sheldon Adelson’s free newspaper Israel Hoyom, which more faithfully prints Netanyahu’s screed. http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/politics/60583-150209-netanyahu-launches-attack-on-rival-newspaper

        Before we snicker at his lunacy, I’ll feel more comfortable when the nice men with the warm jacket with very long sleeves get between him and Israel’s nuclear armory.

        As to Taxi’s analysis of “Empire,” I find it hard to surrender my belief in American checks and balances, which may slumber for very long periods, but will eventually slough off the current round of corruption and incompetence disguised as “elites” lining their pockets at the Potomac trough.

    • Doubtom on February 11, 2015, 1:10 pm

      I tend to agree with you rather than Phil’s thinking. Phil’s position relies, unrealistically, on an outraged American public over being manipulated by the Israel lobbies, when there’s nothing in the American demeanor to support that level of awareness much less outrage. It is precisely the ignorance of the average American which makes Netanyahu’s job so easy. He has always had the view that he has the American people in the palm of his hand. Such confidence doesn’t originate out of thin air and it has been manifested on numerous occasions. Just check our Congress’ voting record in support of anything Israeli, or the United States’ all too predictable vetoes in support of Israel’s illegal and often criminal activity. Let us not suppose that such unconditional support arises out of some unyielding moral principle or out of some “special relationship” which while never defined, has been tirelessly employed in the propaganda aimed at the American public.
      A simple truth to keep in mind is that the Israel lobbies can and do remove members of our Congress for lack of support or “wrong” votes, while there’s no record of any similar American influence on Israel’s Knesset. Think about that, when you wonder which is the tail and who is the dog. There is no ‘organization’ in the United States comparable to that of Israel’s. ‘Organization’ is the key, as well as the open secret to Israel’s continued success.
      Please, think about THAT!
      We have far too many people in positions of power in our government with allegiance to Israel first and who think of the United States as a tool to achieve Israeli goals. This must stop!

  3. Marshall on February 10, 2015, 12:20 pm

    Uh, I’m pretty sure the US-Iran talks are going on in Vienna and Geneva, not Munich, and that Netanyahu mentions Munich just to conjure images of appeasement. He’s ridiculous.

    • Ellen on February 10, 2015, 1:09 pm

      More than ridiculous. He is unhinged and has been for a while. (Remember his ranting years ago about terrorist kindergartens and what we should do about it?)

      Only recently is there talk that Nuttyyahoo might be losing it. His marbles are lost and I do hope he has the opportunity to beg Congress to get down on their knees with him to look for his marbles.

      His talk will make them all ridiculous.

      • amigo on February 10, 2015, 1:49 pm

        ” I do hope he has the opportunity to beg Congress to get down on their knees with him to look for his marbles.”Ellen

        It will be a first.The Congress multi tasking.Looking for netanyahus marbles while fellating a donkey.

      • jenin on February 12, 2015, 1:27 pm

        Ellen, i never thought of Netanyahu as crazy, just plain evil, but actually looking at him through the lens of insanity makes his words and behavior a lot more understandable. Unfortunately there are many crazies in Congress too so I’m not counting on them to see them for what he is

    • Krauss on February 10, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Uh, I’m pretty sure the US-Iran talks are going on in Vienna and Geneva, not Munich, and that Netanyahu mentions Munich just to conjure images of appeasement. He’s ridiculous.

      Good catch, I thought the same thing.

      By the way, how much of this BS behaviour is just infantile “revenge” for being called a chickenshit on Iran last autumn? “I’ll show them!!!1”.

      Netanyahu is still 6 years old mentally.

      • annie on February 10, 2015, 3:22 pm

        actually there was a big security summit going on in munich last weekend and kerry met with the iranian foreign minister and top negotiator Javad Zarif twice while there and all the reps of the p5+1 were there as far as i know. so it was a big meeting. just thought i’d mention. and lots of speeches and discussions of the upcoming agreement (or thus far non agreement).

      • Krauss on February 11, 2015, 2:14 am

        Okay annie, you follow this more closely than I so I trust your judgement. AFAIK the negotiations were primarily in Vienna, but the meetings in Munich was more general high-level stuff, but I concede I could be wrong!

      • bryan on February 11, 2015, 3:34 am

        Indeed Annie. Did you spot that Turkey was an attendee until a last minute invitation was extended to Israel; at which point Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu stood up for human rights in Gaza and refused to attend. We hear a lot of nonsense about Israel being America’s best ally in the world, but Turkey has a solid record as a NATO member and key American ally, and this role now seems to be being sacrificed. See http://www.palestinechronicle.com/turkish-fm-pulls-out-of-munich-conference-due-to-israeli-participation/

  4. wildthingthree on February 10, 2015, 12:21 pm

    This piece is exactly right on. It’s like a nightmare that there are Israelis dumb enough to have gotten in bed with our American Taliban. I’m not sure they will ever get the cat back in the bag. What you describe above is exactly what happened to me. This event has forced me to think more deeply about why I support Israel. It has forced me to withdraw from that support as well.

  5. Kay24 on February 10, 2015, 12:23 pm

    Bibi has painted himself into a corner. He is unwelcome in the US (okay, only Boehner and his band of AIPAC servants want to kiss his large behind), has been advised by American Jewish groups, and even officials within his nation, to cancel this display of stupidity, but he is so egoistic, arrogant, and stubborn, and since he wants to bulldoze his way into places he should not be, he is not going to cancel this opportunity, that he thinks in his sick mind, to thumb his nose at the President and the WH, show Americans that he still has the control over their county, and impress the naive back home to vote for him. So Phil, your article is right, and most probably this war monger, will stand up in Congress, insult our President, criticize our policies, make more attacks on Iran, and whine that Israel is facing danger from enemies around, especially Iran…….and the spineless congress who will turn up to watch this comedy, will applaud many times. This is the pathetic situation in our nation.
    Will he make any reference to the land they keep stealing and the building of more illegal settlements? Nah.

    • CloakAndDagger on February 10, 2015, 12:32 pm

      @Kay24

      Bibi has painted himself into a corner

      In his view, this is no corner at all – merely more means for mayhem™(MMMM).

      I predict another false-flag in our future, which forces Netanyahu to stay home and respond to this threat to the security of Israel, while garnering the sympathy of the world to rally to support him as he defends his small country from the forces of evil that would drive it into the sea.

      I am already printing my “Je suis Israel” buttons. #FooledAgain, #IamAnotherStupidAmerican.

      • just on February 10, 2015, 12:38 pm

        Yep.

        I still think that a false- flag may happen… I hope that I don’t have to request a button, C&D.

      • Marnie on February 10, 2015, 1:15 pm

        C&D – Ditto –

      • Kay24 on February 10, 2015, 9:07 pm

        You guys are right, there must be some “valid” reason for him to cancel what is turning out to be a fiasco. Apparently those who are staying away are slowly growing in number, especially among the black caucus members of congress. I only fear that this “valid” cause will be at the deadly expense of more Palestinian civilians in the neighborhood.

        This war monger has said that he is not going to make that speech to disrespect the President, but to highlight the fact the threat to Israel’s existence. Now that is such a flimsy excuse, and as if by now we have not heard about that threat, ad nauseam, every time this bugger opens his mouth, and isn’t that ironic considering how much of a threat he/Israel was last summer in Gaza, when women and children died?

  6. Taxi on February 10, 2015, 12:37 pm

    I agree – the speech should absolutely go ahead heh heh heh.

    I appreciate a good stand-up alarmist.

    • eGuard on February 10, 2015, 2:58 pm

      And think of the weeks ahead: Democrats announcing they’ll boycott (not just ‘agenda issues’), Zionists having to speak out, First Israel Firster Oren wiggling. Media attention. Let it self-stirr! (any reports on the MSM / general public perceptions by now?).

  7. atime forpeace on February 10, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Very nice piece Mr Weiss. The hallmark of a neocon has always been their arrogant hubris.
    The Neocons will now depend heavily on the Christian Zionist to defend Israel.
    These groups have been cultivated explicitly for this type of an event. For many many years Pat Robertson paraded many Israelis, people like Dora Gold and B. Netanyahu and others, through his program to reinforce the Israel is God’s land and Christian s must defend it to the end mantra.

    Keep in mind that this could work itself out either way, if the Christian Zionist along with the lobby can control the narrative then the U.S would become more like Israel than ever before. Nationalism can have a dark heart. The progressives could be isolated and made to look like pacifist’s in the face of the Isis Muslim hordes waiting outside the gates of Rome.

    Here is a nice little piece from Col Pat Lang’s website. The article is by Richard Sale.

    “I am not familiar with Christians United for Israel, but I am not in the least surprised by the zealous fervor of groups like it.

    In late 1980s and early ‘90s, I was told by senior CIA officials, that for many years, American “national grassroots movements focused on building support of Israel” had been secretly funded by Mossad, whose purpose is to reinforce the strain of Christian fundamentalism in America…Mossad used to fund pilgrimages trips to Israel and other events, these officials said.”

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2015/02/from-richard-sale-i-just-returned-from-travel-and-saw-orrin-schwabs-note-i-am-not-familiar-with-christians-united-for.html

    • Doubtom on February 11, 2015, 1:22 pm

      The key to Israel’s success has always been and continues to be “organization” and they will go anywhere for support.

  8. Pretext on February 10, 2015, 1:48 pm

    Somehow I thought taking the approach of Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch would be more appropriate.

  9. shalom on February 10, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Actually Phillip, I’m not quite where you are, not with those you label Palestinian solidarity types and not with the neo-cons either. I believe in peace, have watched a liberal President and a conservative Prime Minister tear at each other for nearly all of the past half dozen years and seem to remember a slight lapse in protocol when an American President left an Israeli Prime Minister in the White House when he decided to walk away and go upstairs to eat dinner with his family. The NY Times printed a correction the other day, (regarding the more recent issue). My issue is about Iranian nuclear development and whether the President/Secretary of State have given the Iranians the keys to the nuclear club? Netanyahu isn’t my favorite, but he knows a good deal about this issue. He doesn’t have a vote or a voice in the P5 + 1. So Mr. Boehner gave him a shot to make his case in Congress. So be it.

    • annie on February 10, 2015, 3:16 pm

      considering israel never formally got “keys to the nuclear club” don’t you think it’s a tad hypocritical this tiny apartheid war criminal rouge regime is making demands as if it was some global power? iran doesn’t run around assassinating people and starting wars left and right, massacring thousands of civilians in mowing the grass operations. there’s no reason they shouldn’t have a nuclear program, even a nuclear weapons program given the threats made against it for the last 20 plus years (as long as other have them, granted the whole planet should be nuclear free imho). yeah netanyau “he knows a good deal about this issue” because he was part of the smuggling ring or whatever it was that ripped off US plutonium and nuclear technology. that doesn’t warrant his voice be heard any more than we’ve already been exposed to, anymore than we’ve been force fed ad nauseum for decades. it’s not like he’s gonna say anything we have not already heard a thousand times over.

      So Mr. Boehner gave him a shot to make his case in Congress. So be it.

      So giving netanyahu “a shot” at influencing our foreign policy is not in Mr. Boehner’s purview as a senate majority leader, fyi.

      • Mooser on February 10, 2015, 3:46 pm

        “war criminal rouge regime”

        And it all starts with upside-down eyeliner!

      • Bumblebye on February 10, 2015, 6:08 pm

        But Mooser – the eyeliner was bleu not rouge!

      • Mooser on February 10, 2015, 7:36 pm

        “But Mooser – the eyeliner was bleu not rouge!”

        It doesn’t look bluish, you are right.

      • piotr on February 10, 2015, 10:49 pm

        If I were a Prime Minister of Latvia I would have my own list of demands too. Say, U.S.A. should buy all Latvian dairy products that remain unsold because of Russian embargo that was a response to sanctions instigated by U.S.A. The astounding person here is Boehner, Netanyahu is relatively astute.

        In fact, he reminds me the most intelligent hero of Saturday morning cartoons, The Brain, of Pinky and the Brain. Every day they wake up and Pinky, to slow witted one, asks “So what are we doing today?” And the answer is “The same as we ever do, trying to take over the world!”. One of Brain’s plot was to build a huge radio tower and then to deliver a speech so compelling that all listeners would agree that The Brain should rule the world. Then he had fallen victim of circumstances that prevented him to deliver the speech. So Netanyahu is guaranteed to do better than that! Plus there is already a wide agreement already that Israel should rule the World. Recall a debate between GOP candidates to be candidates for President. Gingrich was repeating Israeli talking points (courtesy of Sheldon Adelson), while Romney declared that rather that wracking his brain out, if there would be any foreign policy problem, he will call Netanyahu.

      • Doubtom on February 11, 2015, 1:26 pm

        Bonehead is in the House!

    • Mooser on February 10, 2015, 3:52 pm

      “I believe in peace,

      Sure you do, pal, and we go just a few clicks down the page, and:

      “It is hard to be balanced when one side is a state and member of the United Nations and the other is designated as a terrorist organization” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/shalom#sthash.r0h33qZC.dpuf

      People aren’t going to buy your brand of mendacity much longer, “shalom”

    • atime forpeace on February 10, 2015, 4:53 pm

      The intelligence community in the United States believe there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, the New York Times finally reported on Saturday.

      http://news.antiwar.com/2012/02/25/new-york-times-us-intelligence-says-iran-not-developing-nukes/

      And if you only choose to believe the main stream press here is the NY Times.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/world/middleeast/us-agencies-see-no-move-by-iran-to-build-a-bomb.html?_r=2&

  10. W.Jones on February 10, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Netanyahu for President
    By Dr. Joseph Frager, February 8, 2015

    For the first time ever I am hearing calls from Americans for Bibi Netanyahu to become the next President of the United States. Israel’s position in the world has dramatically changed. Bibi, as he is affectionately known, is one of the world’s greatest orators in both English as well as Hebrew (not a simple feat). He learned his English in Philadelphia at the Cheltenham High School when he was a teenager. He learned his oratory fighting for the State of Israel whether at the United Nations or the Knesset. He left America to fight in the Six Day War in 1967. If only he could have maintained his American citizenship (one has to relinquish U.S.citizenship when one joins the Knesset in Israel) he could well be considered for the Presidency of the United States.It is America’s loss, Israel’s gain. …the truth is Bibi Netanyahu is one of the great leaders of the world today.

    The President’s latest affront to Netanyahu and there have been too many, is to rile up his Democratic followers in Congress to boycott Bibi’s address on Iran to Congress on March 3rd. It remains to be seen if the Democrats will indeed heed the President’s call or realize that it is too politically risky to be forever remembered that they were the ones who boycotted one of the world’s greatest leaders speeches on the world’s greatest threat ever. Believe me every Senator and every Congressman who does not attend Bibi’s speech on March 3rd will be remembered for an eternity because the Jewish People and Historians will not forget.

    Don’t be surprised if a Congressman or two calls for Netanyahu for President.

    AUTHOR BIO: “Dr. Joseph Frager The writer is a pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events.”

  11. W.Jones on February 10, 2015, 3:51 pm

    Lest some folks question Congress’s support for the Israeli state:
    Poll Question: When 9/11 happened, was Pelosi’s immediate reaction to sing the Star Spangled Banner or Hatikvah?

  12. hophmi on February 10, 2015, 3:58 pm

    Will you also be noting Kayla Mueller’s work with the Save Darfur movement and her activism against the enslavement and genocide of Black Africans by Sudanese Arabs?

    • eGuard on February 11, 2015, 2:40 am

      Netanyahu will in his speech. Seems he is the only one who can link this to Iran. Not even dopey hophmy can.

  13. hophmi on February 10, 2015, 3:59 pm

    In any event, you’re engaging in wishful thinking, Pollyanna. While Netanyahu’s speech may be damaging to the pro-Israel community, it will not be nearly as damaging as you think, because the US-Israel relationship is based on much more than the lobby. That’s the part you don’t get, because you think it’s all about the Jews.

    • seafoid on February 10, 2015, 4:24 pm

      Yeah hoppy

      and whores do it out of love

    • Mooser on February 10, 2015, 5:32 pm

      “That’s the part you don’t get, because you think it’s all about the Jews.”

      Yeah, Hophmi, it’s got nothing at all to do with religion, nothing to do with the the Jews, nothing to do with anti-Semitism, nothing to do with the Holocaust. Congress just thinks Zionism is a good investment. Why they are hardly even aware of the religion of the people in Zionism.

      Just another colonial project the US supports, some are winners, some are losers, but it’s all objective, it’s got tnothing to do with the Jews. BTW, are there any Jews in Israel?

  14. W.Jones on February 10, 2015, 4:11 pm

    I know, Phil. It’s entertaining. It must be interesting to see how the gears are working in the minds of hardcore anti-Iran liberal PEPs.

  15. JLewisDickerson on February 10, 2015, 4:31 pm

    RE: “Dear Mr. Netanyahu, please don’t cancel your speech. This speech is too important to cancel. For three reasons . . .” ~ Weiss

    A FOURTH REASON NETANYAHU’S SPEECH IS TOO IMPORTANT TO CANCEL:

    4. It highlights the corrupt, “pay to play” nature of the U.S. Congress.* Netanyahu’s speech is actually about contributions from AIPAC, Sheldon Adelson and the other billionaires of the Republican Jewish Coalition (and the Christian Zionists to a lesser degree).

    * FROM WIKIPEDIA [Pay to play]:

    [EXCERPT] Pay to play, sometimes pay for play, is a phrase used for a variety of situations in which money is exchanged for services or the privilege to engage (play) in certain activities. The common denominator of all forms of pay to play is that one must pay to “get in the game,” with the sports analogy frequently arising.[1]

    • In politics [See also: Political corruption]

    In politics, pay to play refers to a system, akin to payola in the music industry, by which one pays (or must pay) money to become a player.
    Typically, the payer (an individual, business, or organization) makes campaign contributions to public officials, party officials, or parties themselves, and receives political or pecuniary benefit such as no-bid government contracts, influence over legislation,[2][3] political appointments or nominations,[4][5] special access[6] or other favors.
    The contributions, less frequently, may be to nonprofit or institutional entities,[7] or may take the form of some benefit to a third party, such as a family member of a governmental official.[8]
    The phrase, almost always used in criticism, also refers to the increasing cost of elections and the “price of admission” to even run[9] and the concern “that one candidate can far outspend his opponents, essentially buying the election.”[10]
    While the direct exchange of campaign contributions for contracts is the most visible form of Pay to Play, the greater concern is the central role of money in politics, and its skewing both the composition and the policies of government.[11][12] Thus, those who can pay the price of admission, such as to a $1000/plate dinner or $25,000 “breakout session,” gain access to power and/or its spoils, to the exclusion of those who cannot or will not pay: “giving certain people advantages that other[s] don’t have because they donated to your campaign.”[13] Good-government advocates consider this an outrage because “political fundraising should have no relationship to policy recommendations.”[14] Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington called the “Pay-to-Play Congress” one of the top 10 scandals of 2008.[15]
    Incumbent candidates and their political organizations[16] are typically the greatest beneficiaries of Pay-to-Play. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have been criticized for the practice. Many seeking to ban or restrict the practice characterize pay-to-play as legalized corruption. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_to_play

    • JLewisDickerson on February 10, 2015, 5:15 pm

      RE: “contributions from AIPAC” ~ me (above)

      CORRECTION: Actually, they are contributions from pro-Israel PACs (contributions that are largely made pursuant to recommendations by AIPAC).

      * FROM THE CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS (opensecrets.org) as of 2/10/15:

      Pro-Israel: Money to Congress
      • All cycles
      •Top 20 Members
      • Pro-Israel

      Rank /// Candidate /// Amount

      1. Lieberman, Joe (I-CT) $2,249,224
      2. Obama, Barack (D) $2,224,126
      3. Kirk, Mark (R-IL) $1,815,354
      4. McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $1,632,421
      5. Levin, Carl (D-MI) $1,611,085
      6. Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) $1,405,855
      7. Specter, Arlen (D-PA) $1,365,155
      8. McCain, John (R-AZ) $1,294,532
      9. Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $1,204,816
      10. Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $1,159,061
      11. Wyden, Ron (D-OR) $1,038,707
      12. Durbin, Dick (D-IL) $992,022
      13. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) $919,994
      14. Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) $871,015
      15. Lowey, Nita M (D-NY) $850,359
      16. Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) $838,918
      17. Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $834,649
      18. Cardin, Ben (D-MD) $818,915
      19. Harkin, Tom (D-IA) $809,160
      20. Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) $796,791

      SOURCE – http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=Q05&cycle=All&recipdetail=M&sortorder=U

  16. Taxi on February 10, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Netanyahu admits ‘profound disagreement’ with Obama:
    http://news.yahoo.com/netanyahu-admits-profound-disagreement-obama-203844798.html

  17. PBS on February 10, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Has anyone organized support for this speech? It would be great if the public showed up on March 3 to support Netanyahu. It could be a large coalition from many backgrounds.

    • Mooser on February 10, 2015, 5:34 pm

      “It could be a large coalition from many backgrounds.”

      You are joking, right? You actually bit on that? Holy Mackeral!

  18. lysias on February 10, 2015, 5:16 pm

    Times of Israel: Palestinians to open embassy in Sweden as Abbas visits:

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Stockholm as the Nordic state readied to open the first Palestinian embassy in Western Europe Tuesday evening.

  19. JLewisDickerson on February 10, 2015, 5:35 pm

    RE: J Street: “Israel… will always need support from across the American political spectrum to feel truly secure.”

    NEWS FOR J STREET: Israel will NEVER feel “truly secure”! ! ! NEVER! EVER!

    • Bornajoo on February 10, 2015, 6:23 pm

      “NEWS FOR J STREET: Israel will NEVER feel “truly secure”! ! ! NEVER! EVER!”

      +1 JLD

    • JLewisDickerson on February 10, 2015, 6:46 pm

      P.S. Nor is the U.S. ever likely to feel “truly secure”!

      SEE: “How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War”, by Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 01/20/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of ‘bad guys’ to ‘savages’ lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
      Call it the myth of national security — or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
      It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175344/

      AND SEE: “Is Israel a ‘Jewish Nation’? Is the US an ‘American Nation’?”, by Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 1/31/14

      [EXCERPT] . . . All countries define themselves, Hind Khoury, a former Palestinian minister and ambassador, told Rudoren. “Why doesn’t Israel call itself at the U.N. whatever they want to call it — the Jewish whatever, Maccabean, whatever they want. Then the whole world will recognize it.” But, Khoury added, “We will never recognize Israel the way they want, I mean genuinely, from our hearts. … Why for them to feel secure do we have to deny our most recent history?”
      “For them to feel secure” — There’s the heart of the matter, as Americans should easily understand. Israeli Jews, like white Americans, have always known that their claim to the land they call their own is dubious.
      Ever since the first Europeans arrived in what would become the United States, they have paraded an endless array of papers, all claiming to be treaties signed by native peoples ceding their lands to the conquerors. “You see, we have a right to this land,” the whites proudly proclaimed. Never mind that most of the treaties were either coerced, signed by native peoples who did not understand them, or outright fraudulent. They gave at least the appearance of legal right.
      Israel has a somewhat stronger case with UN Resolution 181, passed in 1947, providing for “independent Arab and Jewish States” in Palestine. But the right of the Jews to have their own state in Palestine has still remained a matter of contention (pardon the understatement) ever since.
      Why did so many white Americans find it so important to be able to waive those pieces of paper “proving” their “legal right” to the land? Why do a sizeable majority of Israeli Jews favor the demand that Palestinians acknowledge Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”? Obviously, both peoples are insecure about their right to their land. If they can get the former inhabitants to relinquish their rights, it gives the appearance, at least, that the vanquished concede to the victors a moral right to the land they have taken. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/31-0

    • JLewisDickerson on February 10, 2015, 6:52 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Israel’s Defense Chief OK’s Hundreds of Israeli Deaths”, By Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 11/11/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around, that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
      But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies — or at least believe you’ve got enemies — to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat.”
      Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/11-2

      P.P.P.S. AND SEE – “Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons”, by Ira Chernus, Tikkun Magazine, November/December 2010
      LINK – http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/iranophobia-the-panic-of-the-hegemons-3

    • JLewisDickerson on February 10, 2015, 6:56 pm

      P.P.P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Three Myths of Israel’s Insecurity And Why They Must Be Debunked”, By Ira Chernus, tomdispatch.com, 4/17/2011

      [EXCERPTS] Here are the Three Sacred Commandments for Americans who shape the public conversation on Israel:

      1. For politicians, especially at the federal level: As soon as you say the word “Israel,” you must also say the word “security” and promise that the United States will always, always, always be committed to Israel’s security. If you occasionally label an action by the Israeli government “unhelpful,” you must immediately reaffirm the eternal U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.

      2. For TV talking heads and op-ed pundits: If you criticize any policies or actions of the Israeli government, you must immediately add that Israel does, of course, have very real and serious security needs that have to be addressed.

      3. For journalists covering the Israel-Palestine conflict for major American news outlets: You must live in Jewish Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv and take only occasional day trips into the Occupied Territories. So your reporting must inevitably be slanted toward the perspective of the Jews you live among. And you must indicate in every report that Jewish Israeli life is dominated by anxiety about security.

      U.S. opinion-shapers have obeyed the Three Commandments scrupulously for decades. As a result, they’ve created an indelible image of Israel as a deeply insecure nation. That image is a major, if often overlooked, factor that has shaped and continues to shape Washington’s policies in the Middle East and especially the longstanding American tilt toward Israel. . .

      . . . Ironically, that myth gets plenty of criticism and questioning in the Israeli press from writers like (to cite just some recent examples) Merav Michaeli and Doron Rosenblum in the liberal newspaper Haaretz, and even Alon Ben-Meir in the more conservative Jerusalem Post. In the United States, though, the myth of insecurity is the taken-for-granted lens through which the public views everything about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Like the air we breathe, it’s a view so pervasive that we hardly notice it.

      Nor do we notice how reflexively most Americans accept the claim of self-defense as justification for everything Israel does, no matter how outrageous. That reflex goes far to explain why, in the latest Gallup poll matchup (“Do you sympathize more with Israel or the Palestinians?”), Israel won by a nearly 4 to 1 margin. And the pro-Israeli sentiment just keeps growing.

      Our politicians, pundits, and correspondents breathe the same air in the same unthinking fashion, and so they hesitate to put much pressure on Israel to change its ways. As it happens, without such pressure, no Israeli government is likely to make the compromises needed for a just and lasting peace in the region. . .

      . . . If American attitudes and so policies are ever to change, one necessary (though not in itself sufficient) step is to confront and debunk the myth of Israel’s insecurity.

      ● Three Myths in One

      Israel actually promotes three separate myths of insecurity, although its PR machine weaves them into a single tightly knit fabric. To grasp the reality behind it, the three strands have to be teased apart and examined separately.

      Myth Number 1: Israel’s existence is threatened by the ever-present possibility of military attack. In fact, there’s no chance that any of Israel’s neighbors will start a war to wipe out Israel. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175380/tomgram%3A_ira_chernus%2C_the_great_israeli_security_scam/#more

  20. Whizdom on February 10, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Spot on. Let him make his case. Count the pinocchios

  21. Chu on February 10, 2015, 6:50 pm

    Democrats must be worried about where they are going to get their fundraising from if they come out against hard against Netanyahu, so they all slowly & meekly line up one by one and say they are not going to attend. And the president must be impressed with this display of solidarity (kidding) within his party… he must be awestruck how they scurry like scared chickens when the political whip of AIPAC is cracked and then run to the trough of campaign cash when they demand a vote.

    Their caucus seems more concerned about how they can survive without the tainted PAC money, than banding together as a cohesive group for once in their worn-out group existence. The problem is that they don’t really practice what they believe in, except tropes about being liberal, and even that is suspect more often. Their long track record of sucking-up to the apartheid regime is based in great part due to the traditional money donor base that funds them.

    If Netanyahu makes it to these shores, Democrats will likely prove what craven lackeys they are to PAC money and Zionism’s corrupted coffers. Hopefully a greater swath of Americans can see the ruse for what it is.

  22. surewin on February 10, 2015, 7:10 pm

    I don’t agree with some of the details here. I do agree that the speech will or would hurt Netanyahu. I don’t think it’s helpful to spell out all the reasons and urge him not to cancel. It would be much better to keep quiet about it and let Obama’s handlers take the opportunity to ambush Netanyahu in the media and the political arena, which I think they have the power and the intention to do. Biden will be “travelling” at the time. I hope he and Kerry will be concluding a deal with Iran which can be announced before Netanyahu’s speech.

    But I should really take my own advice and just shut up…

  23. Tom Callaghan on February 10, 2015, 8:31 pm

    Netanyahu will be speaking to a Joint Meeting of Congress for the third time. The same as Churchill and once more than Nelson Mandela. Martin Luther King was never accorded the honor of a speech to a Joint Meeting.

    Talk about cheapening the brand.

    The one thing I’ve always liked about Netanyahu is that you could tell he was lying when his lips were moving. And with the Congress, when they’re standing and cheering, those cheers have probably been “bought and paid for” as Tom Friedman said about Netanyahu’s last address to a Joint Meeting.

    The “partnership” between Netanyahu and the Congress is gradually becoming exposed for what it is. And “it” isn’t good for the USA.

    http://www.wednesdayswars.com

  24. Kathleen on February 10, 2015, 8:59 pm

    Would really be something if Reps who decide not to attend ask Netanyahu to meet separately and ask Netanyahu and Israel to sign the Non Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention Treaty. You know the treaties that Iran signed long ago. Most other nations too.

    Ask Israel to open their massive stockpiles of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons to international inspections. The last President to do that was President Kennedy.

  25. Pixel on February 10, 2015, 9:23 pm

    “Only Netanyahu himself seems determined to go forward.”

    I’m determined to speak before Congress to stop Iran.
    RETWEET if I have your support.
    pic.twitter.com/5qTb89xf2i

    — בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) February 10, 2015
    .

    For god’s sake everyone, RETWEET!!!!

  26. jacquelynn on February 10, 2015, 10:38 pm

    Someone should tweet this amazing well written piece to Mr Netanyahu!
    Well done!

  27. piotr on February 10, 2015, 11:17 pm

    Obama seems to be more active. Apparently, he will ask for war authorization, with the duration of three years, to engage against ISIL. And the supporting cast of the ground troops will include … tah dah! … Iran. While Netanyahu is producing newspaper headlines “Israeli bombing in Syria supports jihadists” (you can guess that I have translated that headline).

    So the top national priority will be fighting terrorism, and normalizing relationships with Iran, perhaps very limited, will be part and parcel of that priority. Why do you love terrorists, Mr. Netanyahu?

  28. Taxi on February 11, 2015, 12:34 am

    Don’t disrespect our president, black lawmakers tell Netanyahu:
    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/benjamin-netanyahu-congressional-black-caucus-115103.html

    “Israeli officials have been caught by surprise by the CBC backlash…”. Yeah stirred but not shaken, for sure.

    “But the CBC reaction has been particularly potent, striking at the political alliance between Jews and African-Americans that dates to the Civil Rights movement but has grown more fraught over the years.”

    Will we see the day where African Americans pull the race card against israel?

  29. Taxi on February 11, 2015, 2:21 am

    Up-to-date list of Jewish lawmakers who will and won’t attend Netanyahu’s speech:

    ATTENDING (14)
    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)
    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)
    Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.)
    Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
    Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.)
    Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
    Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)
    Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)

    SKIPPING (2)
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
    Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)

    UNDECIDED (6)
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)
    Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)
    Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)

    NO RESPONSE (5)
    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
    Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
    Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.)
    Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/232341-jewish-dems-line-up-for-netanyahu-speech

    The guys who are on the ‘No Response’ list must be catatonic with trauma and confusion eh.

    • Kay24 on February 11, 2015, 3:20 am

      I think Senator Menendez one of the biggest Israeli loyalists has not been mentioned, and that should be under those attending. He has said without hesitation, that whenever Booby man shows up, he will be there.

      Meanwhile a very “considerate” Booby, says Obama should not take his speech in Congress, personally. Yeah right.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/10/benjamin-netanyahu-congress-speech_n_6655620.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=World

      • Taxi on February 11, 2015, 3:39 am

        Kay,

        The list is of Jewish lawmakers – I don’t think Menendez is a follower of judaism, but he’s certainly a felator of zionism.

      • Kay24 on February 11, 2015, 5:00 am

        You are right Taxi, it is a list of Jewish congresspeople, I missed that, and you are right about Menendez too, he is a disgraceful man with no principles.

      • ziusudra on February 11, 2015, 5:57 am

        Greetings taxi,
        …..a list of Jewish lawmakers…..
        You don’t have to be Jewish to be a lawmaker, but you have to be a Zionist to get that Job.
        Menendez seems by name to be a Catholic Zionist. There are more Protestant Zionists in office than Jewish Zionists.
        ziusudra
        So many Zionists are lawmakers because the high Echelon zionists must pay for those who Lobby for them. Hook or by crook, a man’s gotta’ make a buck.

      • Chu on February 11, 2015, 11:24 am

        Menendez was never a Zionist or a CZ for that matter. He only started with this pro-Zion bit since he got in to office and is likely because his reelection money coffers depend on it, and there is reason to believe that he may being blackmailed for all his affairs, as it’s easier to control a politician if you have dirt on their past.

        Is there’s a record of Menedez and his Judeo-Christian and pro Israel stance 5 years before he came to office? I don’t think he was that type of guy.

    • NickJOCW on February 11, 2015, 9:12 am

      A legislator at a loss might simply send regrets with an apology, and perhaps a promise not to waste a single minute studying the transcript.

  30. German Lefty on February 11, 2015, 5:11 am

    “If the speech goes forward, people will be openly debating Israel’s influence in our politics, and the absence of a voice for the other side.”

    I totally agree with you. When I watched the segment about Netanyahu’s speech on “All In with Chris Hayes” and I heard the list of Zionists who oppose this speech, it occurred to me that if these people believe that this speech is bad for Israel, then it ultimately must be good for Palestinians. These Zionists only reject Netanyahu’s speech because it causes so much media attention and they want the discussion about Zionist influence to go away. We, however, want that discussion to happen.

  31. German Lefty on February 11, 2015, 5:25 am

    Over 90% of Netanyahu’s Campaign Contributions Come from the United States:

  32. [email protected] on February 11, 2015, 9:45 am

    Right on,Phil. Let the speech begin and let it be televised for all the world to see. We need this more than the Zionists. Netanyahu should know that we have his back on this.

  33. just on February 11, 2015, 9:56 am

    “The backlash to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech before Congress continues, as black lawmakers say they will skip the speech that some view as an insult to the U.S. president.

    “Many members” of the Congressional Black Caucus will not attend Netanyahu’s speech, Politico reported Tuesday. Israeli officials were so surprised by the caucus’ reaction that they have been working to arrange meetings between black caucus members and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer – who had a hand in arranging the invite to Netanyahu – and even the prime minister himself.

    According to Politico, Democratic lawmaker John Lewis, a civil rights leader from Georgia, said he would not attend the March 3 speech, and other lawmakers quickly followed suit.

    “To me, it is somewhat of an insult to the president of the United States,” Rep. Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.) told Politico. “Barack Obama is my president, he’s the nation’s president, and it is clear therefore that I’m not going to be there, as a result of that, not as a result of the good people of Israel.””

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.642003

  34. Citizen on February 11, 2015, 10:10 am

    Stepping on Black perception in America is as risky as stepping on Jewish perception in America–Bibi needs to update his keen awareness of how “America is easily moved.” US politicians fear fairly equally charges of “racist” and “anti-semite.”

  35. Citizen on February 11, 2015, 10:17 am

    At least one member of the black caucus stated the disrespect is not just for our black POTUS, but is disrespect for the American people as a whole:
    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/black-congressmen-give-racist-spin-to-boycott-bibi-movement/2015/02/11/

  36. SonofDaffyDuck on February 11, 2015, 10:38 am

    Endgame:
    By his speech and assult on Obama, Bibi inflates the importance of sanctioning Iran and wrecking negotiations, even though his own intelligence people say Iran is not near a bomb. This creates bargaining capital to be traded if he agrees not to persist in wrecking the negotiations.

    Obama stands up to him, but by doing so, a situation is created in which he must pay a price and give the bib something big to keep the Money flowing from the lobby.

    To make things right with the donors, Obama backs off on pressing the peace process and looks the other way while the Bib and Co gobble up the remaining shreds of Palestine.

    Since Iran is not going to be allowed to get the Bomb, it is a win , win for the Bib.

  37. Kay24 on February 11, 2015, 12:14 pm

    So the Black Caucus has finally decided they will not be attending the speech, and that is is disrespectful to the President:

    “Black U.S. lawmakers: Netanyahu’s Congress speech ‘disrespects’ Obama
    Congressional Black Caucus members vow to skip Netanyahu’s March 3 speech, calling it a slight to the president, Politico reports.

    The backlash to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech before Congress continues, as black lawmakers say they will skip the speech that some view as an insult to the U.S. president.

    “Many members” of the Congressional Black Caucus will not attend Netanyahu’s speech, Politico reported Tuesday. Israeli officials were so surprised by the caucus’ reaction that they have been working to arrange meetings between black caucus members and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer – who had a hand in arranging the invite to Netanyahu – and even the prime minister himself.

    According to Politico, Democratic lawmaker John Lewis, a civil rights leader from Georgia, said he would not attend the March 3 speech, and other lawmakers quickly followed suit.

    “To me, it is somewhat of an insult to the president of the United States,” Rep. Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.) told Politico. “Barack Obama is my president, he’s the nation’s president, and it is clear therefore that I’m not going to be there, as a result of that, not as a result of the good people of Israel.” Haaretz

  38. Taxi on February 11, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Here’s the real reason Benjamin Netanyahu probably isn’t going to cancel his speech to Congress:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-the-real-reason-benjamin-netanyahu-probably-isnt-going-to-cancel-his-speech-to-congress-2015-2

    Crappy headline with latest polls from israel re Netanyahu’s speech.

  39. kalithea on February 11, 2015, 1:15 pm

    Allow me to be a dissenting voice: if you’re going to use reverse psychology in the title; then the argument should likewise reflect this strategy and support the title rather than contradict it. Is it wise to unintentionally solidify whatever misgivings Netanyahoo or his advisor minions might have that would convince him to back down, and thus encourage the stagnant, blurred-line politic between Democrats and Republicans towards Israel that furthers Apartheid? Is it not better to seize this golden opportunity to fan his gigantic ego and Zionist delusional hubris, which propels this spectacle by encouraging it without such contradiction or discreetly enjoy this potential self-inflicted blunder from the sidelines? I understand that an argument supporting this title would be just too disingenuous given the nature of this site, so then just keeping a low profile on the subject of this speech would have been a much better strategy.

    If my enemy is about to shoot himself in the foot which will benefit me greatly; I’ll just make myself scarce and secretly pray he goes through with it! If I say: Do it; do it! and worse, then turn around and give voice to whatever insecurity he might be suppressing – then I end up my being own worst enemy when his doubts end up coming to his rescue!

    Unfortunately, you can’t take this opinion back or put your genie back in the bottle.

    So now that this reverse strategy has defeated itself and the opportunity that could have been is moot, I’ll admit this: I would go out of my way to vigorously support a Netanyahu for President Campaign if his Presidency would end up turning all Americans against Zionism in 4 years and that’s a bet I would bank on!

  40. kalithea on February 11, 2015, 1:30 pm

    This is the edited version of my comment. Hopefully you will print this.

    Allow me to be a dissenting voice: there’s a contradicting reverse psychology happening between the title and the opinion expressed here. The argument should reflect the intended strategy and support the title rather than contradict it giving shape to his doubts. Is it wise to unintentionally solidify whatever misgivings Netanyahoo or his advisor minions might have that would convince him to back down, and thus encourage the stagnant, blurred-line politic between Democrats and Republicans towards Israel that furthers Apartheid? Is it not better to seize this golden opportunity to fan his gigantic ego and Zionist delusional hubris, which propels this spectacle by encouraging it without such contradiction or discreetly enjoy this potential self-inflicted blunder from the sidelines? I understand that an argument supporting this title would be just too disingenuous given the nature of this site, so then just keeping a low profile on the subject of this speech would have been a much better strategy.

    If my enemy is about to shoot himself in the foot which will benefit me greatly; I’ll just make myself scarce and secretly pray he goes through with it! If I say: Do it; do it! and worse, then turn around and give voice to whatever insecurity he might be suppressing – then I end up being my own worst enemy when his doubts end up coming to his rescue!

    Unfortunately, you can’t take this opinion back or put your genie back in the bottle.

    So now that this reverse strategy has defeated itself and the opportunity that could have been is moot, I’ll admit this: I would go out of my way to vigorously support a Netanyahu for President Campaign if his Presidency would end up turning all Americans against Zionism in 4 years and that’s a bet I would bank on!

  41. Taxi on February 11, 2015, 10:53 pm

    Here’s a bitch-slap from Madelaine:

    Madeleine Albright: Netanyahu Should Deal With Problems ‘In His Neighborhood’ Instead Of Speaking To Congress: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/11/madeleine-albright-netanyahu_n_6662130.html

  42. atime forpeace on February 12, 2015, 10:16 am

    I am sure you all will have by now seen this but it’s just starting to become too much fun for me. Watching the wheels start to come off this project has been long in coming and frankly i never thought i’d see the day. Oh they will still circle the wagons and play pretend but at least now the cracks are showing. Notice it is about being seen as “Israel firsters”.
    Mj Rosenberg first used that term in public then decided to stop using it but in the end he somehow seems to have come back to it which is as it should be.

    Why Israel Lobby Is Biggest Casualty of Feud Over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech
    AIPAC and Jewish Backers Fume Over Being Dumped by Bibi

    Read more: http://forward.com/articles/214591/why-israel-lobby-is-biggest-casualty-of-feud-over/#ixzz3RXnHw7qD

  43. Taxi on February 14, 2015, 11:19 pm

    Okay folks…. here’s the first article I’ve seen bashing Hilary’s presidential candidacy with the Bill Clinton-Jeffrey Epstein Lolita connection:

    Bill Clinton’s libido threatens to derail Hillary — again:
    http://nypost.com/2015/02/14/bill-clintons-libido-threatens-to-derail-hillary-again/

    • CloakAndDagger on February 15, 2015, 10:45 am

      Well, I don’t think Hillary needs much help in getting derailed – her position on most things are enough to make sure that she won’t get elected, and that includes still being married to Bill.

      As for Bill, the world knows what he is – but she has still not divorced his ass – something that anyone with any integrity and self-worth would have done eons ago. She is willing to sacrifice her principles (assuming she has any) for perceived (dubious) political gain.

      Such a person should not be elected to be the county dog-catcher.

  44. fpm on February 15, 2015, 12:32 pm

    Netanyahu, the American people have had 20+ years of you telling us that Iran was just weeks away from the bomb. What the American people want to hear is about your nuclear bombs, we know that the greatest threat to mankind is YOU.

  45. Antidote on February 19, 2015, 12:46 am

    “Israelis describe the Iranian nuclear program as an “existential” threat. No American feels that to be true. ”

    There are plenty of Israelis who do not describe the Iranian nuclear program as an “existential ” threat, and plenty Americans who do.

    The statement is not only false. It also mirrors Netanyahu’s absurd claim to speak for all Jews

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