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Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani shakes hands with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

#GiveTheSpeech

#StopTheSpeech!

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A few weeks ago, (Republican) Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he had invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a speech about the Iranian nuclear threat to a Joint Session of Congress, currently slated to take place on March 3, 2015.   The “fuming” White House immediately objected, calling the speech “inappropriate” – after all, it is scheduled for a few weeks before the Israeli elections [and the March 31 deadline to agree to the general terms of a proposed nuclear treaty with the Iranian regime]. Speaking before Congress, they complained, could unfairly influence the Israeli electorate, who may – Gd forbid! – reelect Bibi to another term in the Knesset. Another Bibi term will likely be the final nail in the coffin of President Obama’s obsessive pursuit of “Peace” between the Palestinians and the Israelis (the cause of all conflict in the Middle East). A tough pill for a lame duck President who is desperate to solidify a foreign policy legacy – aside from the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, bequeathing a period of unprecedented peace and tranquility – uh hum – to those countries.

The ADL, and other major Jewish organizations, immediately rushed to the President’s defense. “Don’t play partisan politics with Israel!” Afterall, it was a Republican Speaker who invited Bibi without the requisite approval from the White House. #StopTheSpeech trended on Twitter. Vice President Biden announced he will not attend the speech. He will be somewhere else. Where? Anywhere but Washington DC. TBD. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will not meet with Bibi, either.

Democratic politicians quietly complain of the uncomfortable position they are in, having to choose between their Democrat President, and the Prime Minister of Israel.

My original reaction to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence on speaking at the Joint Session was to be against it. The narrative of the “danger of playing partisan politics with Israel” is one I agree with. Israel has garnered bipartisan support from Congress for most of its 68 year history. And we must protect that close relationship – hence, my original opposition to the timing of the Prime Minister’s speech.

And then Obama spoke. And my opinion changed.

Recently, the blogosphere lit up with the President’s insistence that the Parisian deli attack was “random.” That it was not motivated by anti-Semitism. It was not an intentional target by Islamic terrorists. It was merely a random attack, on a bunch of random people who “happen” to be in a kosher deli. Israel is a safe haven for Jews; in many minds, Jewish victimhood creates the need for Israel. If there are no Jewish victims, Israel – and its weakening by territorial concessions to the Palestinians – is less necessary.

It then occurred to me that Bibi’s insistence on speaking is not playing partisan politics with the US-Israel relationship. Rather, it is a necessary confrontation against this President’s flawed world view, specifically when it comes to the War on Terror and rogue regimes (e.g. Iran). We are in the midst of a global confrontation against an enemy that presents in many forms: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and, yes, Iran. The common denominator? The terror perpetrated by these groups is motivated by fundamentalist Islam. And President Obama refuses to acknowledge this threat or identify the enemy.

President Obama’s strategic response to the speech was brilliant. He successfully flipped the conversation by trying to turn Israel into a partisan issue: if Democrats attend the speech, they will upend the Democrat President. And so they must choose between principle (a strengthened US-Israel relationship in this war against evil) or politics (strengthening the President against a “disrespectful” Prime Minister).

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Yigal M. Marcus is a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Republican Jewish Coalition and is the Co-Chairman of the Northern New Jersey Chapter. He is married, has three children, and resides in Teaneck, NJ. The opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the aforementioned companies or institutions.

59 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama have been doing their best to ingratiate themselves to Iran. The quickest and most obvious method is to lend support to Hamas, an Iranian Client state; and to attempt to weaken Iran’s enemy, the Zionist Regime. Obama has no real interest in Israel being safe.

    Obama has no real interest in Gaza. Obama wants to be known as the President who signed a treaty with Iran and to that end, the Israelis, the Gazans, the PA, anyone else handy is to be thrown under the bus. No Obama’s problem with Netanyahu is Iran. It is not Israeli politics but Beltway politics.

    Obama’s Administration ends soon and his entire Foreign Policy from his “Russian Reset” failure to his Arab Spring failure; has unraveled and he has nothing to merit his Nobel Peace Prize and he knows it. This is his last ditch effort to ensure his legacy, a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with Iran.

  2. Rudy Giuliani’s speech was passionate, truthful and articulate.
    Obama does not love America.

    It appears that Barack Obama has succeeded in fooling most people most of the time, especially those morons of the diaspora known collectively as American Jews who, by an overwhelming majority voted for this being not once but twice.

    As far as Israel is concerned, Barry Soetoro (aka Barack Hussein Obama) is a clear and present danger but few people the world over realise this. They would rather rationalize the irrational actions and behaviour of this man with one excuse after the other, sweeping aside his Muslim heritage, his Marxist and anti – Israeli leanings which bode ill for that country.

    Obama promised to “fundamentally transform America” and is doing just that without a peep from anyone. The issue of porous US borders are not on this man’s agenda.
    In relation to Iran, this “President” will simply drag the negotiation on and on and on until Iran announces a fait accompli, that it is a nuclear power with nuclear weapons.

    The following is a result of my research (all freely available via the internet) of this man, his Muslim heritage with his ingrained anti-Israeli leanings which bode ill for that country.

    In relation to Obama’s legal fitness to assume office, the US Constitution requires that only a native born American can assume the Office of President of the USA. All evidence indicates that there is no record of Obama's mother Stanley Ann Dunham ever having given birth in Hawaii as Obama and his supporters claim.

    A simple Internet search indicates that former elections clerk Tim Adams had signed an affidavit swearing that he was told by his superiors in Hawaii that no Long Form hospital generated birth certificate existed for Barack Hussein Obama in Hawaii and that neither Queens Medical Centre nor Kapi'olani Medical Centre in Honolulu had any record of Obama having been born in their facilities.

    Before his election, some in Obama's extended family in Kenya had stated that he was born there, but were immediately silenced. Additionally, Michelle Obama had slipped up one time referring to "Barack's home in Kenya." All indications are that the current resident of the Oval Office came to the USA as a Muslim foreign exchange student from Indonesia who went by the name Barry Soetoro (just Google this name for yourselves) whose student ID Card showed the religion box being stamped "Islam". Subsequently but prior to his entry into the US Presidential race, every shred of evidence relating to the activities of a Barack Hussein Obama in the mainland USA has been sealed. Not even purported university attendance records are available for scrutiny.

    All requests to this President to produce the hardcopy of the original birth certificate were rebuffed for years. An Internet version of this document was finally released prior to his re-election but forensic examiners who apparently analysed it say it is a forgery. All letters contained therein should be that of a 1960s typewriter but it includes font types from a current day computer. With a compliant press, critics seem to have been exhausted and given up on this issue, instead of standing fast and insisting on the release of the original hardcopy which is the only legal vital statistical record of a person's birth parents, birth location and birth date. This will probably go down as one of the greatest cons in American political history.

    Once the following is digested, one can only come to the conclusion that the current occupier of the Oval Office is a supporter of radical Islam.

    We have the appalling situation in Benghazi Libya where the American Ambassador and members of his staff were besieged by rampaging Islamic fanatics. Begging for help, watched in real time, Obama did not lift a finger. First he blamed the riot on an anti-Islamic video that was aired three weeks prior to the attack on the US compound and then apologised profusely for that same video while at the same time Libyan officials to their credit stated categorically that the riot had nothing to do with the video. Help by US special forces from bases in the region was readily available but no, this Muslim born Islamist sat back and watched in real time together with the rest of his staff, while America's representatives abroad were being slaughtered.

    Meanwhile, Basseley Nakoula who was blamed for the abovementioned video has recently been released from jail, after having spent a year there. In an act of pure cowardice, it appears that within the US legal fraternity there is not one criminal lawyer prepared to take up his case and seek compensation in millions for this man for his wrongful incarceration by this current administration. So much for the expression “land of the free and home of the brave” – once inspiring words that today mean nothing.

    In relation to his staff, one should recall that former Secretary Clinton remarked on the recent war in Gaza, that Hamas stored their missiles around civilian population centres because “Gaza is a small place (and there’s not much room to store them elsewhere).” And US Jews are apparently raising significant amounts of money for this woman’s possible run for the Democratic nomination in 2016!

  3. 14 year old Barry obama wrote the following poem about himself and his mentor and father figure Frank Marshall Davis:

    POP
    Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken in,
    sprinkled with ashes,
    Pop switches channels, takes another
    Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks (neat means straight up)
    What to do with me, a green young man (clearly at a tender age, a young teen)
    Who fails to consider the
    Flim and flam of the world, since
    Things have been easy for me; (note how he keeps pointing out how easy things have been for him)
    I stare hard at his face, a stare
    That deflects off his brow
    I’m sure he’s unaware of his
    Dark, watery eyes, that (Obama describes the old ugly swollen, sweaty face of a drunk/drugs)
    Glance in different directions,
    And his slow, unwelcome twitches, (a very old man, FM Davis, hard of hearing, with long, hanging earloaps)
    Fail to pass (w/incontrollable twitches)
    I listen, nod,
    Listen, open, till I cling to his pale (he’s clinging to his shirt – leaning on FMD, possibly sitting next to him)
    Beige T-shirt, yelling,
    Yelling in his ears, that hang
    With heavy lobes, but he’s still telling
    His joke, so I ask why
    He’s so unhappy, to which he replies . . .
    But I don’t care anymore, cause
    He took too damn long, (he took to long – impotence issues, penis)
    and from
    Under my seat, I pull out the
    Mirror I’ve been saving; I’m laughing, (Davis can no longer see himself, he’s fat and immobil, Barry uses mirror)
    Laughing loud, the blood rushing from his face
    To mine, as he grows small, (as his penis grows small)
    A spot in my brain, something
    That may be squeezed out, like a (just a tiny bit of seamen)
    Watermelon seed between
    Two fingers.
    Pop takes another shot, neat, (neat means drinking Whisky straight up)
    Points out the same amber (seamen stain)
    Stain on his shorts that I’ve got on mine and
    Makes me smell his smell, coming
    From me; he switches channels, recites an old poem (Davis communist & sex poet)
    He wrote before his mother died,
    Stands, shouts, and asks
    For a hug, as I shink, my (“shink” hood/street language means hitting face with penis) NOT a typo)
    Arms barely reaching around (barely reaching around Davis’ body – clearly Barry was very young)
    His thick, oily neck, and his broad back; ’cause
    I see my face, framed within
    Pop’s black-framed glasses
    And know he’s laughing too.

    — Barack Obama

  4. Rick, without regard to the truth of anything Bibi says, will the speech advance Israel’s interests? Will the speech increase or decrease future funding for Israel from the US? Will the speech increase or decrease anti-Semitism in the US? Will the speech insert Israel into the dis-functionalism that is American politics? If I was counsel for Bibi, I would suggest that he make the same speech at the United Nations instead.

  5. Rick, without regard to the truth of anything Bibi says, will the speech advance Israel’s interests? Will the speech increase or decrease future funding for Israel from the US? Will the speech increase or decrease anti-Semitism in the US? Will the speech insert Israel into the dis-functionalism that is American politics? If I was counsel for Bibi, I would suggest that he make the same speech at the United Nations instead.

  6. Peter Schwartz. It the UN could effect change, I would agree. However the Treaty Obama is signing with Iran is a disaster for the Free World and according to the Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution- [The President] “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.” Treaties are to be ratified by the Senate. This is the only option left for short circuiting this debacle. And it is not just Israel.

    The Arab nations have the exact same concerns, and if I were Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו and had to sacrifice my political career to save Isreal, I would do it in a heartbeat.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/obama-parries-questions-on-iran-deal-from-arabs-as-well-as-israelis-1424475437

  7. I say, make the speech. This admin has set the precedent for operating in the shadows and uses double-speak and derogatory innuendos to marginalize it’s critics. Let Bibi say what he believes is the case and force the admin and it’s minions to bring the whole mess out into the light of day. What other way are we to have a ‘transparent’ discussion the President promised us but has never delivered?

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