Netanyahu has legitimate cause to sound the alarm about the threat Iran poses. His speech, however, will do little to improve the substance of any agreement. What is more injurious is his insinuation that Obama will accede to a "bad deal" even though it will be to Israel's detriment.
Just over 250 miles long and 70 miles wide at its widest point (9 miles wide at narrowest), Israel can be covered in a matter of hours. But, you'll want to stay for days -- as many as possible -- because every inch of this country is imbued with meaning.
Whatever else one can say about Netanyahu's appearance, it has certainly raised the very big idea, long swept under the rug, that if Iran remains committed, despite pauses here and there, to supporting terrorism, its goals of regional hegemony and the destruction of Israel will never be checked, just delayed.
Out Of Line: The Uninvited
For Netanyahu, the story of Purim, which comes from the Book of Esther, was a story about Jewish survival in the face of intended annihilation. But he forgot to finish the story.
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referenced several cultural, political and historical figures throughout his highly-anticipated speech to Congress on Tuesday March 3, he concluded his historical address with the biblical figure of the prophet Moses.
The Obama administration should answer the substance of the Israeli prime minister's concerns if the Jewish State is supposed to live under the ever-expanding shadow of Iran's nuclear umbrella. If the deal is so good, why is Barack Obama moving to block any role for Congress in approving this historic agreement?
Declassified high-level documents from Britain, France, Russia and the United States reveal that Egypt, Syria, and Jordan were not going to attack Israel and Israel knew it. In fact, they did not attack Israel. Instead, Israel mounted the first attack in order to decimate the Egyptian army and take the West Bank.
From now on, American criticism of Israeli policies will be much more visible that it has been. Not just on Iran, but on settlement policy, citizenship issues and the role of the observant religious community.
To allow an Israeli politician to use the venue of the United States Congress as a platform for political grandstanding in support of his re-election bid is equally demeaning to Americans and Israelis alike.
Bibi has alienated more people around the world, including old friends, than any leader in Israeli history. His address to Congress is just one example. Another was choosing Ron Dermer, ex-Republican operative, as ambassador to Washington. How many Democrats does Bibi want to estrange?
Netanyahu's ongoing Congressional speech fiasco is only the most recent example, whereby he has weakened Israeli security on multiple fronts. In choosing to publicly challenge President Obama on his home turf, the Prime Minister has further eroded their personal relationship -- a feat that seemed nearly impossible.
Although it has possessed nuclear weapons for more than half a century, Israel still refuses to own up to that fact, and the United States blandly continues to go along with that fiction.
To House Democrats, Democratic Senators, your taxpaying constituents pay your salaries for you to show up. Whatever you think of the man, you need to honor and respect his office.