Netanyahu told us this would be a historic speech. In reality his address to the US Congress on March 3rd was more hysterical than historic. You would have thought Iran’s Ruhani was about to press the nuclear button but according even to Israeli intelligence, Iran is nowhere near having a launchable nuclear bomb. He even suggested it could hit the US and the fools in Congress applauded.
At the end of the day, Netanyahu’s speech was strong on rhetoric but weak on substance. The only message I took from it was that he prefers a ‘better deal’ over a longer period than ten years. That may be the only thing the p5 +1 take on board, though it is not clear what a better deal would be.
Nancy Palosi, Democrat
Netanyahu did succeed in my view in opening a few cracks in the bipartisan support for Israel. The democrats will not forget the bypassing of their President or the patronising remarks about Iran’s nuclear threat, as articulated by Nancy Pelosi.
In Twitter sphere Jewish Americans have expressed their disappointment and anger at Netanyahu’s antics and many have objected to his claim he speaks for them.
Americans should be worried about their democracy. I do not know of another western democratic sovereign state where the leader of a foreign state could have acted as Betanyahu has. He has interfered with US Foreign policy, raised tensions between the legislature and the executive branch but also kept the $3 billion in aid.
If Netanyahu had to travel to America to win a couple more seats in Israel’s Knesset then this also says a lot about Israel’s fake democracy. Democracy is probably the biggest loser from Netanyahu’s charade.
Netanyahu will have come and gone but Iran is still there, as is its nuclear programme.