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Netanyahu Addresses Congress

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Posted on May 24, 2011
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Addressing the U.S. Congress, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly rebuked President Obama’s call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, and he held his country up as a shining example of democracy in the Middle East. Netanyahu was warmly applauded as he talked about his willingness to pursue peace with the Palestinians but not with Hamas, again calling for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to break his party’s new accord with the more radical organization. The Israeli leader, seeking the moral high ground, asserted that Israel is the only country in the region where Arabs can enjoy democratic freedoms. And reinforcing his own power to steer any future deal, Netanyahu reminded his audience: “Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated.”  —KDG

CBS News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to make “painful compromises” for peace with the Palestinians but said he would not agree to any deal that threatens Israel’s security or its identity as a Jewish state.

Speaking before a wildly receptive joint meeting of Congress that showered him with more than two dozen sustained standing ovations, Netanyahu said Israel wants and needs peace but repeated his flat rejection of a return to what he called the “indefensible” borders that existed before the 1967 Mideast war. He also restated Israel’s refusal to entertain the return of millions of Palestinian refugees and their families to land in Israel. And he maintained that Jerusalem, claimed by both sides as their capital, could not be divided.

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By PatrickHenry, May 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Howard,

As pointed out to you time and time again, the right of Israel to exist as a democracy is not an issue, it’s right to exist “as a Jewish state” is the non-starter.

Your post is deceptive and untruthful.  The Pals and many of the worlds nations see this as racist and apartheid on the Israeli part.  By the way, why doesn’t Israel recognize Palistines right to exist?

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By berniem, May 25, 2011 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

Just for clarification, Mr. Howard, are you of relation to Moe, Curly, or Shemp? AIPAC is a foreign directed political agent involved in the manipulation of the American electoral process and as such should be investigated for violation of a number of our laws as well as those lobbies that you lump it with!

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By Howard, May 25, 2011 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

I believe the Oil Lobby is the most powerful in the U.S; followed by the pharmaceutical Lobby; then followed by the farm Lobby.

More power to Aipac, a worthwile lobby indeed.  At least they help a democracy which is surrounded by countries we’re desperate and struggling to help become democratic, instead of autocratic.

ya know, like Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Tunisa, etc.

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By Robert, May 25, 2011 at 9:52 am Link to this comment

Obama Genuflects to AIPAC

by Stephen Lendman

May 24th, 2011

Edward Said once called AIPAC “the most powerful and feared lobby in Washington.For years, it’s “drawn on a well-organized, well-connected, highly visible, successful, and wealthy Jewish population,” subverting potential opposition.

As a result, fear and respect “for AIPAC (exists) all over the country, but especially in Washington, where in a matter of hours, almost the entire Senate can be marshaled into signing a letter to the president on Israel’s behalf. Who is going to oppose AIPAC and continue to have a career in Congress, or” to represent the Palestinian cause “when nothing concrete can be offered by that cause to anyone who stands up to AIPAC?

Deferentially, each year, US politicians, including presidents, flock to its annual conference, paying homage to Israel and its influence.

Calling itself “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby,” it’s represented Israeli interests since founded in 1953, then incorporated in 1963 as a division of the American Zionist Council (AZC), its precursor.

Exempted from registering as a foreign agent, it’s had virtual fifth column veto power over war and peace, trade and investment, multi-billion dollar arms sales, and all Middle East policies affecting Israel under Democrat and Republican administrations alike.

In March 2001, discussing the power of American Zionist organizations, Edward Said said:

“I find it absolutely astonishing, given that Palestinian policy has been essentially to throw our fate as a people in the lap of the United States without any strategic awareness of how US policy is in effect dominated, if not completely controlled, by a small minority of people whose views about the Middle East are in some way more extreme than even those of the Israeli Likud.”

In fact, Zionist discourse in America reflects power, “and Arabs….are the objects of power - despised objects at that….To submit supinely to a Zionist-controlled (US) Middle East policy….will neither bring stability (for Israelis or Palestinians) nor equality and justice in the US.”

As a result, today’s status is what Said called “untrammelled immorality,” a shocking disregard for the most basic sense of fairness - unrecognized, undiscussed and spurned in political and major media discourse. Instead, they focus solely on the interests of a rogue Israeli state - occupying, persecuting, and immiserating millions of Palestinians whose only offense is not being Jewish.

No wonder Obama’s May 22 AIPAC speech affirmed rock solid support for a “strong and secure Israel,” leaving Palestinians entirely out of his equation, despite paying disingenuous lip service to their interests.

No wonder also that an official AIPAC statement expressed gratitude for his assurance that Washington doesn’t expect Israel to withdraw to June 1967 borders, besides explicitly calling Hamas a terrorist organization, ignoring its January 2006 electoral victory as Palestine’s legitimate government.”

Obama also ignored:

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By Howard, May 25, 2011 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

What a great speech .  What a fine reception.
He is right. It is not a question of a pal. atate; just a question of letting Israel exist.

Also, Jordan is 80% palestinian; they should make amends for attcking Israel in ‘48 and take care of the pal refugeees in west-bank..
And most people in Gaza are of Egytpian stock. So Egypt should take care of the Gaza people.

We already have 22 arab nations in the mid-east.  Why do we need another?

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By Chuck Hash, May 25, 2011 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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He wants to retain a Jewish identity in Israel and,
in the same breath, calls Israel democratic?
Uh….didn’t we get done discussing the separation of
religion and state over a century ago? My Jewish
identity is of a distinctly New York style - Israel
is an embarrassment.

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By PatrickHenry, May 25, 2011 at 3:16 am Link to this comment

OzarkMichael

We all know how un-civilized the anti Israel crowd is. No need to physically demonstrate it.

I guess you are right in some respect, the act would have been deemed ‘terrorist’ and the family would of been killed or imprisoned at Guantanamo.

Better stick to vegtables and eggs.

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By OzarkMichael, May 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

“Never a shoe thrown when you need one.”

We all know how un-civilized the anti Israel crowd is. No need to physically demonstrate it.

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By OzarkMichael, May 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

netanyahu is severely cognitively dissonant, he can’t
both claim israel to be a shining example of democracy, but refuse to negotiate with the DEMOCRATICALLY elected governing party of the palestinians.

If the DEMOCRATICALLY elected governing party of the palestinians will not recognize a peace treaty as permanent, but views it as a stepping stone to the complete capitulalion of the state of Israel, what is there to negotiate? Bibi is quite cognitively consonant!

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By Indonesian, May 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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Hey Americans, aren’t you ashamed of yourself? How could a foreign leader of a very tiny country dictate you and control your government? And your president?

WTF is this? Are you sleeping??

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By TDoff, May 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

Let’s give credit where credit is due. Netanyahoo and Israel are as much ‘Shining examples of a democracy and it’s leader’ as is Gaddafi and Libya. Or Attila and his Huns.

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By Piotra, May 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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Another typical BS-line,one of too many before,
coming out of this always ever > so-arrogant < Netanyahu :
“ Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated.”
Well,this is yet more proof that there is,and will be, more defiance as long as the US/Obama-team will not tell them to the point: > Enough BS-crap - sh*t or get off the pot !< Make them understand that we mean “Business this time around”. Period.
There comes a time when the US has to say >enough is enough<,should not put just his foot down - but straight up where it hurts-to get the point across !

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By PatrickHenry, May 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Never a shoe thrown when you need one.

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By Rodney, May 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Netanyahu came to America with the same level of
disrespect for our President as the birthers and the
tea baggers. That is who he is catering to while he
visits. I’m surprised he didn’t ask to see his birth
certificate. He attempted to scold Obama as if he
were speaking to another Hussein like Saddam.
He failed to realize that America provides his
country with five billion dollars in aid. Most of it
is used to keep that system of aparthied we have set
in place. I’m sure he really came here to spread fear
and hate about Obama to the American Jews the same
way the tea baggers spread hate and fear amongst the
white population about Obama. Every previous
President states that negotiations should begin with
1967 borders before Israel did a land grab. He needs
to heed Obama’s warning about peace before the
Palestinians follow Egypt and begin mass
demonstrations in the streets of Israel. At that
point Obama won’t be able to help him. Israel will
look like Selma Alabama or Washington DC in 1963. At
that point he will lose any world support and a lot
of US support. So somebody needs to inform Netanyahu
who always screams about peace with security that he
will never have security without peace.

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By Lew Ciefer, May 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

I’m no big fan of humans but every once in a while their inner ape surfaces and they prove that there is some entertainment value left in them. One such moment was last week when Bibi gave Bobo the education of a lifetime before the whole nation ... that truly was frickin priceless! smile

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By SarcastiCanuck, May 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Same shit,different decade…..

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By expat, May 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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israel has lost all credibility and legitimacy.

it is outrageous how it has the whole Congress sit up, at attention.

America has been taken over.

a jewish state?  the out and in the open racist nature of the zionists who will settle for nothing less than the greater israel.

This is apartheid on crack.

Why do we allow these war criminals and murderers to get away with it…


Ah, it’s politically incorrect to state the truth: that they control Wall Street, the Congress, the media, hollywood, and many more places…

beyond the US…

is cameron (UK) jewish?  yes, is sarkozy?  Supposedly not, but his mother was…  not quite a goyim. etc, etc…

Where’s Madof’s money…  it’s hard to actually spend 50 billions…  it’s in israeli banks…  hear anything about it in media?  Why?

is wolf blitzer, anderson cooper, etc…  jews?  yes.

is bernanke, was greenspan? etc, etc…

connect the dots?

They had their time and the world was full of compassion for them, but they used it to dupe and and manipulate us into accepting their ethnic cleansing and other crimes.

I say it’s time the world withdraws that goowill toward the jewish state and deal with it as any criminal rogue state should be dealt with.

Similarly, we should seek out and remove those whose allegiance to the US are suspect (dual citizens) and who really carry water for israel before and even against the very interests of these United States.  That’s quite a crowd, including congresspeople and others in many levels of gov’t.

until and unless we have that kind of cleanup, nothing will change, and America will be drawn into ever more wars for the sole benefit of israel (Syria, Iran) (as were Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Af-pak [arab nukes, can’t have that], etc..)

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By gstoddard, May 24, 2011 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Kevin:

“We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines
with mutually agreed swaps,”

“With mutually agreed swaps” is the critical detail that is left out. This leaves open
room for negotiation of the final borders that may be different from the 1967
lines.

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By rollzone, May 24, 2011 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

hello. Israel, our fifty-first state ... all the good
that would do, is outweighed by it no longer being
Israel. Israel must remain Israel. we would do more
good to conquer Saudi Arabia.

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By mulattomilitant, May 24, 2011 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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netanyahu is severely cognitively dissonant, he can’t
both claim israel to be a shining example of democracy,
but refuse to negotiate with the DEMOCRATICALLY elected
governing party of the palestinians.

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By Kevin Douglas Grant, May 24, 2011 at 10:47 am Link to this comment

@gstoddard: I’ll point you to the transcript of President Obama’s speech on 5/19,
in which he said:

“We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines
with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are
established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern
themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20prexy-text.html?
pagewanted=print

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By berniem, May 24, 2011 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

Hey, why not just make Nut&yahoo; POTUS since it appears that our entire govt. and treasury belong to AIPAC? Is(un)rael could then just become our 51st state and the Palestinians would just be this century’s version of the Souix, Navaho, Pima, Apache, Nez Perce, Mandans or what have you! And besides, no one messes with the USofA! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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By gstoddard, May 24, 2011 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

“Addressing the U.S. Congress, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly
rebuked President Obama’s call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders,”

Of course the president never said or inferred that but the media misinformation
campaign continues at a time when we the public need accurate reporting on this
critical issue.

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