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Susan Rice on Charlie Rose

Published at: Jewish Business News

By Ilan Shavit

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Speaking on the Charlie Rose show, National Security Adviser Rice said Prime Minister Netanyahu’s scheduled March 3 speech before a joint session of Congress is “destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” between the United States and Israel.

“What has happened over the last several weeks, by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu on two weeks in advance of his election, is that on both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship,” Rice said Tuesday night.

“It is not only unfortunate but it is also destructive of the fabric of the relationship. It has always been bipartisan and we want to keep it that way. When it becomes injected with politics, that’s a problem,” Rice said.

The Obama Administration has been taken aback by news stories detailing its anticipated deal with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program, which has been seen by many as a carte blanche to reignite its nuclear weapons project in ten years.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in response to the news that “anybody running around right now jumping in to say, ‘Well we don’t like the deal,’ or this, or that, doesn’t know what the deal is.”

Kerry was also responding to Netanyahu’s assertion Tuesday that “this agreement, if signed, will allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state – meaning that, with the powers’ consent, Iran will get a license to develop atom bombs – and this is a country which openly declares its intention to destroy the state of Israel. That is why I will go to Washington to speak before the US Congress, because the US Congress may be the last defense before it is signed.”

What the administration dreads most is a unified Congress that would preempt its deal with Iran, regardless of what it actually says. After all, it’s a Republican led Congress, which has attempted to kill Obamacare 37 different times — they don’t need to see what’s in it to hate it.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. Obama's puppet who would lie on national TV on Bengazi to cover his butt. Obama's afraid Congress will stop negotiations with Iran when they hear the truth from PM Netanyahu.

  2. Let's face facts – why is the US administration hiding the facts? There can only be one reason.

    All of the animosity comes from the US administration. The US government can turn it off whenever they want – Israel has done nothing whatsoever to warrant these attacks

  3. Why all the anti-feminism comments? Why can't you write about the issue? Netanyahu is wrong for speaking to the US Congress WITHOUT notifying the President of the United States

  4. Obama caused the evaporation of America's credibility and stature in the world.

    Barack Obama is willing to sacrifice the America's integrity and reliability in order to come to an absurd agreement with Iran, which would jeopardize the whole free world.

    The Iranians know Obama has no backbone and they are taking advantage of it. During the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis, Iran took advantage of Jimmy Carter's weakness and kept the hostages for 444 days, but within hours of President Ronald Reagan swearing-in, Iran released the hostages. The Iranians knew President Reagan would use extreme force to release the American hostages. The Iranians did not want to start with the Reagan administration. Dealing from strength is the way to win arguments and conflicts and not cowering to the Iranians or any other leaders or country that want to take America to the task and test America's resolve.

    It is as if Obama wanted the Iraq war to fail intentionally so that he would not face a citizenry with the staying power to pursue its international responsibilities. Thus, he would be free to transform America without distraction.

    How can a nation be credible when it is led by a man who fears his base more than he fears the rising domination of a nuclear Iran being armed by a Russian thug on the ascent? After six years in office, Barack Obama has no idea what he is doing or how to fulfill his responsibilities as leader of the free world. He does know how to run from confrontation as quickly as he can find the door, irrespective of what becomes of our national security or our relationship with our allies. And he has succeeded in destroying our credibility on the world stage.

    As the 9/11 tragedy with its horrific pictures, it is not just the memories of that fateful day and the loss of 3,000 Americans that come rushing back. It is the feeling of dread that the Democrats who are running the foreign policy show are taking us back to those pre-9/11 days, when the terrorists were left unchecked and emboldened. And that will be Obama's legacy — not the legacy of what Iraq could have been, but of what it turned into once Obama entered office. This legacy has nothing whatsoever to do with diplomacy versus military strength and a war-weary country. It has everything in the world to do with the evaporation of our nation's credibility and stature in the world.

  5. What is destructive is you and and all who are protesting to hear what Netanyahu has to say. Israel is our ally and they are concerned about nuclear weapons in the hands of people who have SWORN to destroy them. I guess that is to complicated for you to understand.

  6. The President was invited to attend. Congress can invite whomever they want. Maybe our best ally, Israel, has something to say that can be helpful. Netanyahu does not have to REPORT to Barack Hussein, especially when he is making deals that could cause the destruction of israel.

  7. It warms my heart reading Americans' comment in support of Israel.
    I don't want to sling mud at duly elected President , regardless of his qualifications, to not to offend you, my American friends. But I'll refer
    to Bob Hope: "The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup".

  8. I don't read the New York Times simply because it reads like Der Strummer, however even the Times admitted that the President was informed even before Netanyahu accepted the invitation. Mr. angler…get your facts straight before you spout out your anti Israel statements.

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