It is now abundantly clear that the Democrat Party including Jewish members, notwithstanding Netanyahu's salutary remarks directed toward the Democrat majority leader of the Senate, Harry Reid and President Obama, are anti-Israel. Their lame excuses for not attending, or in the alternative their animus for Israel's political leader sullies them and by extension those whom they represent.
For those who did not watch or listen to the speech, it was simple enough that any adult with normal intelligence who listened to it could understand. It can be broken down into an:
▪ Introduction, which included the obligatory disclaimers, compliments and assuages the concerns of those who might not agree;
▪ The main body, which contained a substantive discussion of open source information of the negotiations between the US and Iran, and a strong appeal to reject any deal that could lead to Iran ever possessing nuclear weapons; and,
▪ The conclusion which reflected his belief that the US would stand with Israel, but if not Israel would do whatever must do to protect itself.
There were forty applause lines, and the speech lasted forty two minutes. Most applause lines were at the beginning or at the end with only a couple in the middle.
With that noted, it is imperative that everyone understand, notwithstanding Obama's repeated assertions that we are not engaged in an "overseas contingency action" against Islam, that in point of fact there are two religious competing factions of Islam both of which are intent on the destruction of Israel and the United States. They are intent on destruction of the former, because it exists and which surrounding Muslim states refuse to accept; and the latter because the US has traditionally supported and protected Israel's vital national interests. For Israel, it is as Prime Minister Netanyahu described, "The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy."
In a display of utter ignorance and contempt, Nancy Pelosi, House Democrat minority leader issued the following statement:
"The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests. Ours is a deep and abiding friendship that will always reach beyond party. Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people. The state of Israel stands as the greatest political achievement of the 20th century, and the United States will always have an unshakable commitment to Israel's security.
"That is why, as one who values the US – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister's speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.
"Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries. We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons is the bedrock of our foreign policy and national security. As President Obama has said consistently, all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran."
If Ms. Pelosi was straight in her angst she would be "near tears" not because of any "insult to the (her) intelligence," but because of the threat posed by Iran to both Israel but to the United States. She should have been "near tears" out of concern for Israel's survival, applauding the Prime Minister who was speaking not just to her and others in the joint session, but the American people who before the speech were not as well informed about the character of the negotiations as is Ms. Pelosi. If she is speaking for Democrats, she and they should be ashamed. But alas, in Pelosi's mind, outside the beltway Americans are not as intelligent nor well informed as is she, and thus they do not exit, do not matter, or both...except for their votes.
As previously noted, Democrats have shown their colors, they have no shame; and the alternative is for all Christians and otherwise pro-Israeli Americans to reject them and their Party for what amounts to an anti-Israeli agenda.
As for me: for the foreseeable future, I am an, "Israeli." No bad nuclear deals with Iran...No deals that "pave the way" for Iran to have nuclear weapons...not now, not ever!