GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, February 24, 2015 — On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the U.S. Congress on the Jewish State’s view of President Obama’s negotiations with the nuclear weapon-seeking Iranians. The upcoming speech is considered controversial not only due to the unfathomably lopsided media coverage it has received—as Israel always seems to attract—but also because of the rapid-fire defamation machine unleashed by the White House since the speech was announced by Speaker of the House John Boehner.
While the speech has become a hot-button issue within Israel, the arguments within the Jewish State have been primarily over two questions:
- Does Bibi’s big speech have any chance of influencing Obama’s tactics toward Iran?
- Will the ramifications of defying Obama include irreparable damage to the America-Israel relationship?
While the answer to the first question is “no,” many believe that “no” is the answer to the second as well.
Either way, as far as Israel is concerned, the importance of Bibi’s attempts to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is obvious, even if his tactics are divisive. As Netanyahu himself explained in a speech to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on February 16, “it’s my obligation to do everything in my power to prevent the conclusion of a bad deal that could threaten the survival of the State of Israel … I think the real question is: How could any responsible Israeli prime minister refuse to speak to Congress on a matter so important to Israel’s survival?”
The question still remains, Why on earth should Americans support Bibi’s speech?
First, Americans would be foolish to assume that a nuclear Iran would only be dangerous to Israel and other Middle Eastern states. After all, if Iran were to achieve its goal of wiping Israel, a.k.a. “Little Satan,” off the map, why would they not turn their weapons on America, a.k.a. “Great Satan,” soon after?
But even if that weren’t the case, Americans have another reason to cheer on the Israeli PM as he ascends the Hill.
In his six years in office, President Obama has succeeded in shoving nearly every policy he wanted to implement down the throats of the American people. In his first two years, the Democrats controlled the House as well as the Senate, so you could give the Republicans a pass. In the second half of his first term, the Dems had the Senate, but the House was run by mostly feckless Republicans. For the past two years, those same generally spineless GOPers have failed to put up any real opposition to the Obama White House whatsoever, despite keeping control of the House.
When Netanyahu takes the microphone in the Senate chamber on March 3, he will do something that every senator and representative in attendance has failed to do up until this point: stand up to Obama.
And maybe, just maybe, that’s what America needs.
Maybe Congress, and the rest of America, needs a foreigner to prove that the President is not untouchable.
Maybe Congress, and the rest of America, needs the leader of the only Middle Eastern democracy to remind them that the will of the people is more important than the will of the executive branch.
Maybe Congress, and the rest of America needs Benjamin Netanyahu to show them what it looks like when a leader defends the honor of his country on the world stage instead of apologizing for it.
When Benjamin Netanyahu takes the microphone in the senate chamber on March 3rd, he will be doing something that every congressman in attendance has failed to do up until this point: stand up to Barack Obama.
As Obama and John Kerry often say of Israel and the Palestinians, “the status quo is unattainable.” If Obama is left unchecked for the remainder of his time in office, it will be the American people who pay the price.
As my CDN colleague Bob Taylor wrote in October, 2014, “No American president has ever been more vindictive than President Barack Obama … if you think the first three-fourths of his reign was bad, wait until you see what Obama has in store for his last two years in power.”
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Reckless immigration reform, “climate change” taxation and releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay are just a few of the things Obama can unleash on the American people in his stretch run in the Oval Office, despite his technical “lame duck” status.
Ted Cruz and his ilk have somehow failed to inspire confidence in the rest of congress, despite their constant drum banging against Obama’s tyranny on the senate floor. Perhaps Netanyahu, a decorated Special Forces soldier and passionate orator, can evoke the emotion congress has thus far been lacking.
American culture has always had a “what have you done for me lately” nature. While it is insane to think that a nuclear Iran is a problem too far into the future to fret over now, it’s possible that this is, in fact, the sentiment of the everyday American. However, the home stretch of Obama’s presidency is currently upon us, and the sooner someone shows him that he is not the dictator he thinks he is, the better off America’s future will be.
Benjamin Netanyahu may be that someone. And every American who has an interest in a better American future should get behind the Israeli PM as he attempts to be that someone.
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