WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 – Eight United States Senators and 48 House members boycotted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress. All Democrats, they joined with Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), who heads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first Muslim elected to Congress.
The demonstrators proved their loyalty to President Obama and his policy to remove all obstacles to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
“In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people,” said Netanyahu. “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… The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.”
“Today,” Netanyahu continued, “the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews… the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated… But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.”
The prime minister interjected much needed concrete reality into the Obama administration’s abstract call for peace with Iran and radical Islam, “Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist proxy… said: if all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.”
“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,” said Netanyahu.
He reminded Congress that just last week, “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.”
In regard to the Obama administration’s attempt to cajole Iran into an alliance against ISIS, Netanyahu said, “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.”
The deepest wedge Netanyahu placed between Obama Democrats and Americans who cherish freedom over accommodation with evil, was to remind Congress what really binds America to Israel:
“America’s founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran’s founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad.”
News reports said Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was so devastated by Netanyahu’s speech she kept throwing up her arms in frustration. She admitted to being “near tears,” saddened by the prime ministers “condescension” toward her party’s pro-Iran wing.
Netanyahu’s speech reminded me of a passage from the Old Testament book of Esther:
“On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.”