Netanyahu’s Speech in Congress

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NETANYAHU: Thank you.

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Thank you...

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... Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Minority – Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

I also want to acknowledge Senator, Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Harry, it's good to see you back on your feet.

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I guess it's true what they say, you can't keep a good man down.

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My friends, I'm deeply humbled by the opportunity to speak for a third time before the most important legislative body in the world, the U.S. Congress.

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I want to thank you all for being here today. I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy. I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.

I want to thank you, Democrats and Republicans, for your common support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade.

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I know that no matter on which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.

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The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics.

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Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American – of America's people and of America's presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

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We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.

Now, some of that is widely known.

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Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.

Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.

I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.

In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.

Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists.

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In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there.

And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.

But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.

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And Israel is grateful to you, the American Congress, for your support, for supporting us in so many ways, especially in generous military assistance and missile defense, including Iron Dome.

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Last summer, millions of Israelis were protected from thousands of Hamas rockets because this capital dome helped build our Iron Dome.

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Thank you, America. Thank you for everything you've done for Israel.

My friends, I've come here today because, as prime minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran's quest for nuclear weapons.

We're an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we'll read the Book of Esther. We'll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.

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Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated – he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn't exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.

For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran's chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.

But Iran's regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran's regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime.

The people of Iran are very talented people. They're heirs to one of the world's great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots – religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship.

That year, the zealots drafted a constitution, a new one for Iran. It directed the revolutionary guards not only to protect Iran's borders, but also to fulfill the ideological mission of jihad. The regime's founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, exhorted his followers to "export the revolution throughout the world."

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.

Iran's goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Back by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Back by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world's oil supply.

Just last week, near Hormuz, Iran carried out a military exercise blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. That's just last week, while they're having nuclear talks with the United States. But unfortunately, for the last 36 years, Iran's attacks against the United States have been anything but mock. And the targets have been all too real.

Iran took dozens of Americans hostage in Tehran, murdered hundreds of American soldiers, Marines, in Beirut, and was responsible for killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beyond the Middle East, Iran attacks America and its allies through its global terror network. It blew up the Jewish community center and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. It helped Al Qaida bomb U.S. embassies in Africa. It even attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, right here in Washington, D.C.

In the Middle East, Iran now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. And if Iran's aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow.

So, at a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.

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We must all stand together to stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror.

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Now, two years ago, we were told to give President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif a chance to bring change and moderation to Iran. Some change! Some moderation!

Rouhani's government hangs gays, persecutes Christians, jails journalists and executes even more prisoners than before.

Last year, the same Zarif who charms Western diplomats laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh. Imad Mughniyeh is the terrorist mastermind who spilled more American blood than any other terrorist besides Osama bin Laden. I'd like to see someone ask him a question about that.

Iran's regime is as radical as ever, its cries of "Death to America," that same America that it calls the "Great Satan," as loud as ever.

Now, this shouldn't be surprising, because the ideology of Iran's revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that's why this regime will always be an enemy of America.

Don't be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn't turn Iran into a friend of America.

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.

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The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. We must always remember – I'll say it one more time – the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can't let that happen.

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But that, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.

Let me explain why. While the final deal has not yet been signed, certain elements of any potential deal are now a matter of public record. You don't need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this. You can Google it.

Absent a dramatic change, we know for sure that any deal with Iran will include two major concessions to Iran.

The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short break-out time to the bomb. Break-out time is the time it takes to amass enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

According to the deal, not a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.

Because Iran's nuclear program would be left largely intact, Iran's break-out time would be very short – about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel's.

And if – if Iran's work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that break-out time could still be shorter, a lot shorter.

True, certain restrictions would be imposed on Iran's nuclear program and Iran's adherence to those restrictions would be supervised by international inspectors. But here's the problem. You see, inspectors document violations; they don't stop them.

Inspectors knew when North Korea broke to the bomb, but that didn't stop anything. North Korea turned off the cameras, kicked out the inspectors. Within a few years, it got the bomb.

Now, we're warned that within five years North Korea could have an arsenal of 100 nuclear bombs.

Like North Korea, Iran, too, has defied international inspectors. It's done that on at least three separate occasions – 2005, 2006, 2010. Like North Korea, Iran broke the locks, shut off the cameras.

Now, I know this is not gonna come a shock – as a shock to any of you, but Iran not only defies inspectors, it also plays a pretty good game of hide-and-cheat with them.

The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, said again yesterday that Iran still refuses to come clean about its military nuclear program. Iran was also caught – caught twice, not once, twice – operating secret nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom, facilities that inspectors didn't even know existed.

Right now, Iran could be hiding nuclear facilities that we don't know about, the U.S. and Israel. As the former head of inspections for the IAEA said in 2013, he said, "If there's no undeclared installation today in Iran, it will be the first time in 20 years that it doesn't have one." Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted. And that's why the first major concession is a source of great concern. It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and relies on inspectors to prevent a breakout. That concession creates a real danger that Iran could get to the bomb by violating the deal.

But the second major concession creates an even greater danger that Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal. Because virtually all the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade.

Now, a decade may seem like a long time in political life, but it's the blink of an eye in the life of a nation. It's a blink of an eye in the life of our children. We all have a responsibility to consider what will happen when Iran's nuclear capabilities are virtually unrestricted and all the sanctions will have been lifted. Iran would then be free to build a huge nuclear capacity that could product many, many nuclear bombs.

Iran's Supreme Leader says that openly. He says, Iran plans to have 190,000 centrifuges, not 6,000 or even the 19,000 that Iran has today, but 10 times that amount – 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium. With this massive capacity, Iran could make the fuel for an entire nuclear arsenal and this in a matter of weeks, once it makes that decision.

My long-time friend, John Kerry, Secretary of State, confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess that massive centrifuge capacity when the deal expires.

Now I want you to think about that. The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.

And by the way, if Iran's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table. Well, Iran could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far-reach corners of the earth, including to every part of the United States.

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?

This is a question that everyone asks in our region. Israel's neighbors – Iran's neighbors know that Iran will become even more aggressive and sponsor even more terrorism when its economy is unshackled and it's been given a clear path to the bomb.

And many of these neighbors say they'll respond by racing to get nuclear weapons of their own. So this deal won't change Iran for the better; it will only change the Middle East for the worse. A deal that's supposed to prevent nuclear proliferation would instead spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet.

This deal won't be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control. And the Middle East would soon be crisscrossed by nuclear tripwires. A region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars would turn into a nuclear tinderbox.

If anyone thinks – if anyone thinks this deal kicks the can down the road, think again. When we get down that road, we'll face a much more dangerous Iran, a Middle East littered with nuclear bombs and a countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare.

Ladies and gentlemen, I've come here today to tell you we don't have to bet the security of the world on the hope that Iran will change for the better. We don't have to gamble with our future and with our children's future.

We can insist that restrictions on Iran's nuclear program not be lifted for as long as Iran continues its aggression in the region and in the world.

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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...

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Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world.

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And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state.

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Thank you.

If the world powers are not prepared to insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least they should insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal expires.

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If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions would be lifted. If Iran doesn't change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted.

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If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.

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My friends, what about the argument that there's no alternative to this deal, that Iran's nuclear know-how cannot be erased, that its nuclear program is so advanced that the best we can do is delay the inevitable, which is essentially what the proposed deal seeks to do?

Well, nuclear know-how without nuclear infrastructure doesn't get you very much. A racecar driver without a car can't drive. A pilot without a plan can't fly. Without thousands of centrifuges, tons of enriched uranium or heavy water facilities, Iran can't make nuclear weapons.

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Iran's nuclear program can be rolled back well-beyond the current proposal by insisting on a better deal and keeping up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime, especially given the recent collapse in the price of oil.

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Now, if Iran threatens to walk away from the table – and this often happens in a Persian bazaar – call their bluff. They'll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do.

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And by maintaining the pressure on Iran and on those who do business with Iran, you have the power to make them need it even more.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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... 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.

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My friend, standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is. With us today is Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

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Elie, your life and work inspires to give meaning to the words, "never again."

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And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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Not to sacrifice the future for the present; not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.

But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.

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We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.

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This is why – this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.

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But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel.

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I know that you stand with Israel.

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You stand with Israel, because you know that the story of Israel is not only the story of the Jewish people but of the human spirit that refuses again and again to succumb to history's horrors.

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Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this (inaudible) 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, (SPEAKING IN HEBREW), "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.

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Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you all.

You're wonderful.

Thank you, America. Thank you.

Thank you.


Comments (72)

(65) Bobby5000, March 19, 2015 11:08 PM

How to Help Iran:, Declare No Palestinian State

Natanyahu's stark admission that Israel would never allow a Palestinian State helped Iran immeasurably and was historically far more important than his speech before Congress. Iran can now explain, we said Israel was not interested in negotiating and we were right. "We told you so" will be the voice of Arab states through the next decade. The Prime Minister political gambit will help unify Israel's enemies and has already divided Israel and the U.S. Publicizing tension between Israel and the U.S. can only help Israel's enemies.

And why did he choose to give a nice speech (before AIPAC) chronicling Israel's concerns, and chose to give the inferior one before the more important audience.

People are legitimately divided about a Palestinian State and no one said he had to agree to one. One could start genuine negotiations with Hamas or another group and confirm sufficient disagreement about Israel's right to exist to make it to a 2:00 lunch or 3:00 tea time the same day.


(64) Sam Omekara, March 10, 2015 10:59 AM

Appeasement is not the answer

Iran has not proven to be a responsible State actor. Iran continues to threaten her neighbors with annihilation. Why can you trust such a state to behave responsibly with a nuclear weapon. Appeasement should not be used as an instrument of modern diplomacy. Bibi is right. May HaShem grant him victory in the coming elections.

(63) abdelwahed, March 8, 2015 5:21 PM

Iran occupied arbe country

I full agree with Mr natiyhoo if iran product neuclear wepon i think destroy not isreal only but all countay different from them in the bad idealogy the cannot need other and the cannot need other

(62) Rachel, March 8, 2015 2:58 AM

Great speech -- but why should we believe Mr. Netanyahu has the facts?

I am asking this sincerely. Mr. Netanyahu was all in favor of the US invasion of Iraq, agreeing with the Bush administration and the Blair government that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, i.e. nuclear weapons or at least capability. That turned out to be utterly wrong -- and in the case of the US, I believe the administration was only interested in the Iraqi oil.
Having been so completely wrong about Iraq, it's hard for me to trust that the same person, Mr. Netanyahu, is now right about Iran. I see the differences between the two countries and situations, starting with the fact that while Saddam was a monster, he was pretty much contained, while the Iranian regime has been wreaking havoc around the world through its proxy, Hezbollah, for decades.
But I need more facts about why the current Israeli prime minister is against this deal. I am also aware that those facts may be classified, and that things are going on in security circles which none of us will ever know in the short term. And what is the alternative to a negotiated deal? For all of you who compare this to the situation in 1938, please remember that NO ONE possessed a nuclear weapon during that time. And please remember that in the Middle East, literal nuclear fallout from an attack ON Iran could end up in Israel, killing Israeli civilians for years to come.

Anonymous, March 10, 2015 1:55 AM

Why Bush went into Iraq

1) Even Great Britain believed in going into Iraq. Saddam Hussein was paying Palestinian families $25,000 each to be suicide bombers and kill Israelis and Americans. 2) Saddam Hussein was killing Kurds and other Arab Muslims if they didn't fall into line with his type of Muslim faith 3) Saddam Hussein skinned one of his navy captains alive because he didn't pray just right during prayers on his ship 4) Saddam Hussein tried to have President HW Bush assassinated 5) America's Twin Towers were bombed during Bill Clinton's Administration in 1993. Muslims were attacking American ships and military personnel. Remember the USS Cole that was ambushed? Israel bombed Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1984 because Israel knew it was not about supplying electricity but to bomb Israel off the face of the earth. During President George W. Bush's tenure, before we went into Iraq, the Inspectors overlooked the fertilizer plants in Iraq that are used in bomb making. They thought it was just for fertilizer. When U.S. bombed Iraq, Iraqi tanks were filmed leaving and going into Syria with weapons of mass destruction. And guess what? Now Syria's Assad is using those weapons and mustard gas on his own people. That's why no one should believe Iraq, Iran, or any of them

(61) João de Deus, March 6, 2015 6:35 PM

The American Jew Henry Kissinger was one of the most important diplomats in the last century. His expertise enabled him to write the best-seller Diplomacy. In that book, Kissinger wrote a whole chapter talking about "The Nazi-Soviet Pact".

Quoting him, we can try to figure out what led Germany and URSS to sign a strange deal before World War II: "(...) Hitler and Stalin were ideological adversaries. For a while, their common national interest (...) overrode their ideological differences."

About the consequences of that calculation error, Kissinger stated: "Stalin had gambled on Hitler's rationality, and he had lost; Hitler had gambled that Stalin would quickly collapse, and he too had lost. But whereas Stalin's error was retrievable, Hitler's was not."

We hope that history may help America to decide what to do in the singular moment in which we live.

(60) João de Deus, March 5, 2015 6:27 PM

The Jewish Prophet, Daniel, wrote in his book (Daniel 9:27) about a strong covenant that would be made in the future in order to destroy Israel, but that in the end would become a instrument of destruction, not of Israel, but of many other people.
As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, death will not come only over Jews if a Nuclear Iran emerges from a deal like this, unfortunately many people, all over the world, will face the consequences.
I think that the alternative given by Mister Netanyahu to this deal was clearly stated when he said: "The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal." We all know that Iran will not agree with a deal that won't give it the resources necessary to improve its nuclear capability. So, the implied solution would be making a deal with all countries that are really interested in peace not only in Middle East, but in the world.
I think this is the time when the World Leadership has the obligation and also the privilege of seating and deciding the future of our world before the radical wave of violence that is in that region spreads.

(59) Anonymous, March 5, 2015 6:23 PM

List of U.S. Members who boycotted Netanyahu's speech

Investors Business Daily, one of the few pro Israel newspapers, listed the U.S. Congressmen and U.S. Senators who boycotted Netanyahu's speech. A number were, sadly, Jewish. Including John Yarmuth, Steven Cohen, et al. I call all of the boycotters the "Obama's Jews", those who would rather hold his hand on dangerous, anti Israel policies than take a stand for what's right. The boycotters are all Democrats. I didn't vote for Obama either time because he was anti Israel and continues to be, but I will never vote for a Democrat, period. If you want to see the list of boycotters, log onto: Investors.com

(58) Shirley Anne Cutcliffe, March 5, 2015 6:36 AM

When You SELL your Soul, someone else Takes CONTROL!

(57) Brent Richman, March 5, 2015 3:01 AM

I Thank The G-D of Isaac, Abraham and Jacob, for the Prime Minister of Israel who represents one of the finest countries that has ever been.This man honors Israels place in the world and the United States of America !! Thank You,Sincerely Brent Richman

(56) Barry Baldonieri, March 4, 2015 4:19 PM

History not repeating itself

As I watched the Prime Minister's speech, three things came to mind; (1) If the world in 1930's Europe would have had this much courage, Hitler would have been stopped before the Rhineland! (2) This speech is as powerful and important as Dr. King's 1963 speech! (3) How sadly childish our president is by comparison. I STAND WITH ISRAEL ... So should all life loving people!

(55) Anonymous, March 4, 2015 12:42 PM

Is history repeating it's self? Me wil chamberlain ( peace in our time)?

Obama sounds to me like Neville Chamberlain , Britians Prime Minister who waived a sheet of paper while disembarking his plane and claimed Peace in our time after negotiating a deal with Hitler. Al that was accomplished was to give hitler more time to set his plans into action with out being confronted.. Break out time! We are not talking about sports here!!! We are talking about a known terrorist country that's sworn to destroy the Jewish Nation and will use any means it has availble to them. Obama are you Insane? Do you realy believe you can negotiate with Evil? Are you willing to sit on a piece of paper and let Tehran reshape the world ? Because if you let them continue they will achieve the bomb and they will use it!! And civilization as we know it will never be the same.

Maz, March 4, 2015 6:11 PM

No Alternative--Why?

The most striking criticism of the speech is that he did not offer any alternative to diplomacy. Aside from war or nuclear strike did you see any alternative offered by Bibi? What, more sanctions? Do they work?

(54) Lyra wilson, March 4, 2015 8:37 AM

God bless Bibi for his courage, integrity and truth. May America and the nations take heed of God's warning for the future of the world and the threat to Israel--God's land. As in Esther's day, if the warning is not given help for the Jews will come from another source, and when Bibi said Israel would stand alone if required may I just say that God has promised never to leave His people, He is their protector, provider and strong right arm. May blessings abound to you dear people, God is with you

(53) Lisa Nanette Allender, March 4, 2015 6:53 AM

Mr. Netanyahu's words are sure and true. This is NOT a "partisan" issue. Let's hold Iran accountable. And let's Stand With Israel.

(52) Sharon Kerr, March 4, 2015 6:04 AM

Well Said Mr. Netanyahu

I know everything is in G-ds hands. I believe that they will abandon you.

(51) Ben, March 4, 2015 4:17 AM

Excellent Speech But What About the G-d Compnent of Jewish Survival

I was very proud of this Proud Jewish Prime Minister of Israel speaking to the US Congress on behalf of the Jewish State and about Jewish history and the Purim events of history. But when it was mentioned many have over time tried to destroy the Jewish people and that for the first time Jews can defend themselves and that Esther saved the day for the Jews in the Purim story. it looked like the Hidden Guider of World Events was left completely hidden. Yes indeed many have tried to destroy the Jewish people and in the end they have disappeared while the Jews stayed. That miraculously Esther the Jewish girl became Queen of the world empire of Ahshveirush put into a position to save the Jews, actually due to Haman's getting Queen Vashti executed. We must always recall the miraculous Divine Shield and not speak as if it is all "the strength of my hand". We need turn to Him as the Ultimate Shield while also doing our part as Esther did with Ahshveirosh of old.

Baruch, March 4, 2015 10:29 AM

I thought Netanyahu was great on the "God Component"

Netanyahu concluded his words in an emotional crescendo, asking God to bless Israel and the USA. He quoted Moses and noted the presence of Moses' portrait in the Congressional hall in which he was speaking. He brought in Purim and Esther. In my 50 years, I never heard an Israeli Prime Minister in front of a foreign audience including Hashem, Torah quotes and references to ancient Jewish holidays and leaders. (In typcial contrast, at Yitzchak Robin's funeral, the only Dvar Torah noting it was the week of the Parsha of Yitzchak Avinu's Akeida was from U.S. President Clinton.) No "But" here. Netanyahu gets an "A " on the God Component.

(50) Selwyn Luben, March 4, 2015 3:56 AM

Fantastic, very inspiring presentation.

However, I think that it was deplorable and disgraceful that so many commercials were shown and heard during the speech.

(49) Sally, March 4, 2015 3:56 AM

God Bless Israel and PM Netanyahus!

This was a monumental speech that will be remembered for generations! Israel is blessed to have a PM that stands up to evil. Thank You Mr. PM.

(48) Anonymous, March 4, 2015 3:41 AM

Netanyahu shows courage

Netanyahu showed his courage and committment to stop Iran developing Multi nuclear weapons and Missiles over the next decades.The world has to be Vigilant already the nuclear weapon stockpiles are too great .PsychSuicidal Nuclear chemical biological War mass destruction death cults are in power as governments or warlord gangs .

(47) Rachel Bellman, March 4, 2015 2:04 AM

Excellent speech.

Let's hope that the President of this Country will be as resolute and strong against the Islamic terrorists as the Prime Minister of Israel is.

(46) Mike, March 4, 2015 1:55 AM

Great speech for a terrible reason

I Am sickened that the U.S. has put the free world into such a position by our combination of weakness of will, naivety, stupidity, and impotency. A nuclear Iran will be an existential threat to Israel and a major threat to our great country and its allies.

(45) Sharon Dodgeville, March 4, 2015 1:54 AM

I personally stand with you!

Many Americans will stand with Israel and know God is with you. Messiah will come soon and finally there will be peace. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! We are praying for Israel without ceasing.

(44) Les Segeal, March 4, 2015 1:47 AM

Fantastic speech as a world Leader. Supported by congress

I hope that the rest of the world Leaders hear his speech.
Shalom

(43) Lynda Benhaim, March 4, 2015 1:46 AM

we all stand with Israel

i was very happy to hear priminister's speech. It was extremely powerful and to the point.
We as america will and should stand with Israel

(42) Debbie Garcia, March 4, 2015 1:29 AM

Raq Bibi! Amein! We support you Mr. Netanyahu, and we support Israel, God's Chosen People! Chag Purim Sameach. God will come to the aid of his Children. And so will the USA.

(41) Jeanne, March 4, 2015 1:24 AM

I wish Benjamin was Americas President! What wisdom and for sight..

(40) Patricia DeArment, March 4, 2015 1:04 AM

Wisdom was spoken!

I stand with Israel. May God open the eyes of the American people!

(39) Anonymous, March 4, 2015 12:55 AM

Thank God for Netanyahu

I watched in pride to Netanyahu's flawless speech. He smartly included Christian persecution, John Kerry as a friend, even though Kerry called Israel and aparteid country, thanked Obama, even though Obama has never, ever been pro Israel or proJewish. I watched in disgust as Minority Leader Pelosi (D) kept shaking her head No during his speech, read tweets from liberal Dems saying how offended they were, etc. Any American Jew who votes for a liberal Dem should remember who their real friends are, and it's not Democrats or liberals. Israel will be the first one bombed by Iran. Thank God for the conservatives and GOP. Even Biden made a trip to Guatemala to try to give American tax dollars to them to keep immigrants from coming to the U.S. I feel like I'm living in the Twilight Zone.

(38) Rafael, March 4, 2015 12:11 AM

This is about the Republicans and our President

The U.S. And Britain did help usher in Israel as a nation however it was to keep the Middle East divided and week .For the USA it is touchy politics but for Israel it is survival. I believe like Netanyaho that Israel can defend itself .
The split in our American government and its protocol has been made evident by Israel. In the future any foreign interest may undermine the American President and speak directly to Congress. The Republicans were dying to spit in the Presidents face and knew this would be the way .

(37) GINETTE COHEN, March 4, 2015 12:02 AM

GREAT SPEAKER AND GREAT LEADER

I hope that this great First Minister will be reelected by all the people of Israel. He is the only one who loves and deeply involved to defend the state of Israel from the devil IRAN and ISIS. I HOPE that our government will take drastic action to eradicate this metastasis cancer.

(36) Joseph Apicella, March 3, 2015 11:58 PM

No U.S. troops in Israel

Israel must understand it has the support of the U.S., but the U.S. will not send troops to Israel. A draft is out of the question. Our troops are killing themselves at the rate of 20 a day. America will defend America and aid it's allies-do not expect troops. America must try diplomacy- it cannot do otherwise.

Anonymous, March 7, 2015 2:49 AM

The mideasterners don't respect diplomacy

Diplomacy is a modern, western concept. The Muslims don't respect Americans and other westerners because 'we've lost face' which they consider a weakness. After Ronald Reagan bombed Quadafi's palace Quadafi stopped terrorism, but only for a short while. But that's what Quadafi respected

(35) Stuart, March 3, 2015 11:42 PM

Brilliant! Perfectly balanced.

Brilliant! Perfectly balanced. Obviously well said and well received.

(34) Bonnie, March 3, 2015 11:36 PM

One of the best speaches I have ever heard

There are no words in my dictionary to properly describe how thankful I am that Netanyahu is with us the Jewish people at this time. From the bottom of my heart I thank him and thank G-d that someone will stand up for not only the Jewish people but all those that will be at risk if Iran gets a Nuclear weapon.

(33) Mordechai Erez, March 3, 2015 10:59 PM

Netanyahu is a great leader and the speech was a great speech

The speech sums up clearly and sincerely the dangers that Iran poses today and the dangers that it will pose once it will have nuclear weapons upon its disposal.

(32) Daniel, March 3, 2015 10:56 PM

Man of God

Thank you for coming to speak with the US Congress. Through humility and grave concern for Israel and the US. You have shown true leadership. I am truly inspired and humbled that once again The Living God of Israel is faithful, and has spoken to a nation that is to heed this truth from God. Shalom

(31) Morty, March 3, 2015 10:44 PM

Horse feathers.

This is all about Bibi and his personal gloryfication.

May we be rid of him quickly and soon.

Anonymous, March 6, 2015 4:52 AM

All politicians need glory

Israel had liberal Prime Ministers before and what did it get them? Nothing but more missiles. At least have a PM with backbone

(30) Vicky Moghrabi, March 3, 2015 10:35 PM

A real Man with a mission ! Kol Hakavod

Prime minister Benjamin Netaniahou is a real pleasure to listen to . Wishing for more people like him to stand for Israel & for the Truth.

(29) Anonymous, March 3, 2015 10:33 PM

A wonderful speech

(28) Lois Anderson, March 3, 2015 10:28 PM

The Truth Comes to America

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke the truth to America in clear, strong terms today. Yet, how many Americans heard his words? The major networks did not cover the speech. Instead they ran their soap operas, The best coverage of the speech was on the radio with conservative talk show personalities Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Our congressional station C-span of course showed the speech, but only to those who have cable programming. We and many others do not have cable. Those that do have cable use it mainly to watch cartoons, movies, and other entertainment offerings. So, while Netanyahu gave a wonderful and powerful speech -- if no one is there to hear it -- does a tree make a sound when it falls in the woods? I fear that too many Americans will only know of the danger when the blinding flash of white light blinds them before the wind of nuclear winter wipes them and all they know from the Earth. AISH thank you for helping to keep me and other Americans informed. Yours was the first "full" posting of the speech I found in America. G-d Bless You!

(27) Linda Bavas, March 3, 2015 10:19 PM

God bless Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyau

God bless Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a man of great strength and courage.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, The God of Israel, as in the days of Queen Esther, turn this whole dreadful situation around and may the Jewish people be able to live safely and peacefully in their land.

(26) Rebecca, March 3, 2015 10:10 PM

WE need to daven!!!

As I started watching the speech, I thought. Wow, look at how all those powerful men in congress in the most powerful country in the world are welcoming Obama.
And then, my heart leaped.
Bec this is EXACTLY the lesson that were supposed to learn from Purim. Esther was aftraid that the Jews would be calm and say, look, we have our Queen in the palace, we don't have to worry.
So, she devised a plan to look like she was abandoning the Jews, in order to make them realize, that THEY needed to daven.
Desperate, the Jews fasted, and begged Hashem to save them.
The speech was nice, but that is not what is going to stop Iran from committing genocide.
It is US, we who care in our hearts about the 6 million Jews living in Israel, that have to pray to G-d. Whether you are religious or not, G-d listens to all of our prayers. We all need to sit and think- what small act of good can I do to come closer to G-d, and those are the merits that will save Israel.
We can pander between all of the rulers down here, but it is the G-d in heaven that pulls all of the strings, Let us beg HIM, let us do OUR share in helping Israel.

(25) Anonymous, March 3, 2015 10:05 PM

Google it?!

Here is one of the most important addresses a person can make, and when he directs us to look at the facts, he asks us to "Google it." I think we need something more concrete than that in terms of fact finding. While it is a great speech, I worry about the details. Please, if someone knows, how does Netanyahu know what's in the Iran deal? If his Mosad generals say that what he says isn't the reality, then whom do we believe? I'm anxious, but I don't want to act or believe out of fear. I want facts from legitimate sources.

(24) Anonymous, March 3, 2015 9:55 PM

Don't sacrifice true peace for a superficial agreement.

Please listen to Netanyahu. We waited too long to participate in World War 2 - let's not repeat that mistake. Obama and Kerry need to reflect and not push for a superficial treaty. Let's stand strong while we still can.

(23) DARIA MIEDZINSKI, March 3, 2015 9:52 PM

MAN OF COURAGE AND TRUTH

Benjamin Netanyahu is a great man of courage and truth. He says it like it is whether you like it or not. His speech today was absolutely wonderful and so to the point. It is sad that our President and VP didn't seem to appreciate that. Protocal-Smortacal! That is BS and we all know it. I wish we had a president that cares about his people like Ben. Obama seems to be for the other side and that is frightening.

(22) alex sprankle, March 3, 2015 9:49 PM

the truth and nothing but the truth

Way to tell it like it was, is, and will be, Bibi.

(21) Paul Zepeda, March 3, 2015 9:40 PM

Israel spoke for the whole world

Great men stand up before God and the entire world to warn their people of dangerous men and countries that can destroy them if the bugle sound of their alarm is not blown. Our creator will hold us accountable if we don't.

(20) casey, March 3, 2015 9:39 PM

great speech

I want to thank you for coming to America to talk to our political figures and try to get them to understand the importance of not allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons I only hope that they here you can abide by your wishes for the sake of Israel and America

(19) Dr. Stoppe, March 3, 2015 9:39 PM

America needed this message

America needed this message

(18) Ravindra Lalla, March 3, 2015 8:55 PM

Somehow when you hear the truth, you just know it in your heart.

You cannot, under any circumstances, allow to Arm, directly, or indirectly, now or by political delay, a country that has threatened to wipe of another country from the face of the Earth. This would be an abomination to what makes us human. To those who would pretend otherwise, is to be no better than a teacher turning a blind eye to the school yard bully trying to acquire a gun. The inevitable will follow, and those entrusted with our safety on the world stage, would have failed us, and our children to come. Everyone should hear this speech by The Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu. It is hoped, that one day, when countries respect the sovereign right of another legitimate state to exist, then those countries can be entrusted to be responsible, and can then be welcomed to the prosperous table of a peaceful mankind.

(17) Anonymous, March 3, 2015 8:48 PM

NO DEAL is the only good deal

I disagree with the PM. No deal is a good deal because we are dealing with despicable murderers whom cannot be trusted. No matter what deal- no matter how many sanctions, they will find a way to get what they want. Prayer, Torah, and acts of kindness, and the fulfillment and any and all Mitzvhos are the only hope now just as they always were. Changing ourselves is the only way out in this and in ALL situations. Everything else is simply a distraction!

(16) Eugenia, March 3, 2015 8:46 PM

As a Canadian agree with Israel !!

As a child of parents who were children during the second world war -these people in Iran are extremists like Hitler and the Nazis were !! They will lie ,murder and do what it takes to get the power they seek -we all must stand with Israel against these people who would take freedom from all of us !!

(15) Barbara Andrews, March 3, 2015 8:25 PM

Great speech !

Thank u for coming people needed to hear his message. I am not pleased with my president . I grateful for the warm reception that was given to him at the congress .

(14) Maria, March 3, 2015 8:17 PM

Very good speech; no waste in it!

Three things I particularly liked:
-"When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy".
-"The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are gone".
-"Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand".
Thank you, Bibi, with all my heart. May Hashem keeps blessing and guiding you all the days of your life. Peace to Israel!

(13) irvin harper, March 3, 2015 8:07 PM

POOR SPEECH FOR THE BENEFIT PARTISAN POLITICS

it is very unfortunate that an Isreli politician uses his re-election campaign to use the American Congress as a platform to re-gain his prime minister leadership over his opposition. I am deeply sadened that his leadership skills reminds me of Flavious Josephus beliefs that ISRAEL surrender to the Romans because they can not be defeated. If jewish leadership does not commit its people to follow the paths that Jehovah, Yahweh, Elohim, IAM, set for them and allow MAN to defend them., they will always fail the people.

Anonymous, March 6, 2015 4:57 AM

He did it because the deal is supposed to take place soon

He had to give the speech now because Obama is pushing for a deal with Iran by the end of March or beginning of April. Should he have waited until the deal was done?

(12) Lenore Plafker, March 3, 2015 7:39 PM

I was very proud of the speech as a Jew and impressed with the Israeli PM. .

(11) Debbie, March 3, 2015 7:30 PM

Excellent!

Bibi, you did us proud! Beautiful job. Inspiring. Thank G-d.

(10) Howard, March 3, 2015 7:28 PM

Set an absolute deadline

The best solution for everyone is to set an absolute deadline of March 31. If there is no deal, walk away. No compromise, no delays. Then others means have to be initiated

(9) Leanne Caster, March 3, 2015 7:11 PM

I am thankful for the Prime Minister's appearance before our congress. Truth shall prevail. I am disgusted with the disrespectful response from some of the democrats towards our closest ally. It is the right of Israel to address all nations in the threat of its survival. It is our duty to listen and take action. It would be a sin to remain silent and do nothing when evil acts are committed. The Prime Minister was right in bringing this to the spot light instead of allowing shady deals to be done behind closed doors.

(8) Rachel Rabinowitsch, March 3, 2015 7:09 PM

The "inaudible" word

The "inaudible" word before "chamber" is "august".

(7) Diane Gowell, March 3, 2015 7:08 PM

Incredible speech, beautifully delivered!

Our hearts were stirred by the Prime Minister's speech. May America always be Israel's strongest ally and most loyal friend. Benjamin Netanyahu is clearly God's man for this time in world history, and we pray daily for him and for the nation of Israel. Sincerely, an American Christian who represents millions of others.

(6) Darien, March 3, 2015 7:03 PM

Bravo!

Wow, what a speech; stirring, articulate, great oratory!

(5) devorah, March 3, 2015 6:57 PM

If only our president had this much courage

B'H for Bibi: Although through Hashem's hands we will be victorious, not through any human hand, but it is an embarassment to America, that we don't have a president like Bibi, who loves his country, is proud of his country, defends his country no matter what...We have an interloper, a closet Muslim, and America should be ashamed for having ever had him elected to our great nation.

(4) D Walker, March 3, 2015 6:45 PM

May the Almighty Bless & Protect Israel

As an American, I pray that this country & government always stand in defense of Israel.

DARIA MIEDZINSKI, March 3, 2015 9:49 PM

may the US NOT turn its back on Israel. .

Netanyahu's speech was a great one. It was right to the point and was a straight shot. What the Obama Administration is doing is a travesty to the United states for how they are treating Israel. They are the favored ones. No one can change that, only God. Israel is a dynamic, technological giant with great scientific ideas and progress.with medical, science, the computer. There is so much to learn from them. I love Israel and I love Ben
Netanyahu. He loves his country. I wonder if Obama loves
"his" country? I have always stood with Israel and I will die standing with them.

(3) Carole Rothschild, March 3, 2015 6:45 PM

Prime Minister Netanyahus sums it all up.

Lets hope the rest of the world has the courage to stop this cancer.

(2) Kadato, March 3, 2015 6:23 PM

I thank God for you prime minister of Israël

The speech is good and clear

(1) Rene' Bloch, March 3, 2015 6:06 PM

Great speech!

I hope everyone hears this speech, it was really wnderful.

 

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