Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Historic and Powerful Speech to Congress

I'm standing here in Washington, D.C. and the difference is so stark. America's founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran's founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. And as states are collapsing across the Middle East, Iran is charging into the void to do just that.--Benjamin Netanyahu
I have always respected and admired Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, but after watching his speech to Congress today, I am in awe.  He did an incredible job of explaining the history of Iran and the threat they pose to Israel, the Middle East, the U.S. and the entire world.
Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire. In this deadly game of thrones, there's no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone. So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.
Netanyahu went on to explain exactly why the "potential deal" that Obama and Kerry are trying to negotiate with Iran would be so destructive.
So you see, my friends, this deal has two major concessions: one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That's why this deal is so bad. It doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb; it paves Iran's path to the bomb. So why would anyone make this deal? Because they hope that Iran will change for the better in the coming years, or they believe that the alternative to this deal is worse?

Well, I disagree. I don't believe that Iran's radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This regime has been in power for 36 years, and its voracious appetite for aggression grows with each passing year. This deal would wet appetite -- would only wet Iran's appetite for more. Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger? If Iran is gobbling up four countries right now while it's under sanctions, how many more countries will Iran devour when sanctions are lifted? Would Iran fund less terrorism when it has mountains of cash with which to fund more terrorism? Why should Iran's radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both world's: aggression abroad, prosperity at home?
 Netanyahu is a gifted speaker who did a better job of educating the world on the threat of Iran, than anyone else has.  He also gave alternatives on what the world should demand of Iran before lifting any restrictions.
Before lifting those restrictions, the world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second... Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world. And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state. Thank you.
He then eloquently gave a Robert Frost analogy.
My friends, for over a year, we've been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It's a very bad deal. We're better off without it.

Now we're being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That's just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal. A better deal that doesn't leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short break-out time. A better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in place until Iran's aggression ends.

A better deal that won't give Iran an easy path to the bomb. A better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally. And no country... ... no country has a greater stake -- no country has a greater stake than Israel in a good deal that peacefully removes this threat.

Ladies and gentlemen, history has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran's nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war.

The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal, that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.
You don't have to read Robert Frost to know. You have to live life to know that the difficult path is usually the one less traveled, but it will make all the difference for the future of my country, the security of the Middle East and the peace of the world, the peace, we all desire.
He then pointed out Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel.  An important reminder that the world can never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.

I loved how he concluded his speech.
Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this chamber is the image of Moses. Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the Promised Land. And before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel, Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years. I leave you with his message today, "Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.'' My friends, may Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead. May we face the future with confidence, strength and hope. May God bless the state of Israel and may God bless the United States of America.
Unfortunately, President Obama and House Democrats seem unlikely to listen to this brave man.  It may turn out that the safety of the world will be left up to Israel until we can elect a better man to the White House.

I can only pray and hope that the U.S. may some day elect a man as eloquent, and as strong and courageous as Benjamin Netanyahu.

1 comment:

Fred Sanford said...

Netanyahu, though eloquent, overstated the case, as is his wont. Moreover he also knows the reality on the ground: 1.)the US will still remain calm and rely on diplomacy (at least while Obama is in office...and most likely afterward, as well); 2.) Russia and China will not go along even if the US wanted to dismantle Iran's nuclear program, much less tighten both sanctions and the screws on Iran, forcing them to capitulate.

Never going to happen and Bibi knows it.

His speech was strictly for the rubes in the cheap seats and his political supporters back in Israel. As such it was but a cynical ploy to garner more votes in his upcoming election and had nothing to do with reality.