“Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America… So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.” Benjamin Netanyahu
When Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3, standing ovations were frequent. There were no disruptions, no heckling from the audience. What he had to say was powerful – and there were no cheap potshots at his detractors or opponents, no blame placed on previous leaders, only a strong statement of Israel’s position regarding the nuclear deal with Iran.
Original posted at Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children.
It is clear that Netanyahu is genuinely concerned about his nation and his people.
“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.”
In 1979, radical Islamists took over Iran’s government. What once was a “normal” nation of highly intelligent people suddenly became a regime of tyranny. Describing the US as “the Great Satan,” and vows to annihilate Israel, they began a course of action that today stands as a danger to the entire world. Netanyahu described it like this:
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.
Netanyahu stated that if the bad deal currently being considered is allowed, and Iran obtains the nuclear bomb, it will spark an arms race throughout the Middle East.
“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.”
He didn’t advocate no deal, he advocated a “better deal.”
The very fact that Netanyahu was able to deliver his speech without interruption is a living miracle. Many had promised to disrupt him. Though some did not stand during some of his remarks, the vast majority did. His parting remarks were perhaps the most powerful of all as he acknowledged Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner:
“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.
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.
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.
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.
But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel.”
We pray that is true, Mr. Prime Minister. The full transcript of his speech can be found at this link to the Washington Post.