How significant or paradoxical is it that Prime Minister Netanyahu will address Congress the day before Purim, commemorating the preservation of the Jewish people from genocide by an ancient Iranian high-ranking political adviser?
When the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, snarked to Mr. Obama “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” — not realizing their microphones were ‘on’ — the U.S. President replied, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”
“Fed up.” Two words that probably describe many Americans’ attitudes regarding politics and barbarism these days.
A CNN poll claimed that 63% of Americans are against Netanyahu addressing Congress. In a nationwide poll conducted by CNN, pollsters asked: Do you think Congressional leaders did the right thing or the wrong thing by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without first notifying the president that they would do so?
- Wrong thing 63%
- Right thing 33%
- No opinion 3%
59% of Americans Support Prime Minister Netanyaho’s Speech
CNN’s poll contrasts with a poll conducted by McLaughlin and Associates that reveals that 59% of Americans support Prime Minister Netanyaho’s speech. The McLaughlin and Associates pollsters asked: Republican House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on March 3rd. President Obama and some Democrats think it should be cancelled because it is 2 weeks before an Israeli election. Israeli Prime Minister wants to speak to the American Congress to try to stop a deal that would give Iran a nuclear weapon.
- Support 59%
- Strongly 36%
- Somewhat 24%
- Oppose 23%
- Somewhat 11%
- Strongly 11%
- Don’t Know 18%
Was CNN’s poll question based on a L.I.E. supported by the media?
On January 21, 2015, The New York Times wrote in an article entitled Boehner Invites Another Response to State of Union, From Israel’s Premier: “The invitation stunned the White House, which called it a breach of protocol.”
“White House officials said they had learned of his appearance only Wednesday morning, shortly before it was announced. Not only is Mr. Obama not scheduled to meet with Mr. Netanyahu during his trip to Washington, but miffed aides to the president said they had not even heard directly from their Israeli counterparts that the prime minister would be in town.
“The typical protocol would suggest that the leader of a country would contact the leader of another country when he’s traveling there,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters traveling on Air Force One with the president to a speech in Boise, Idaho. “That certainly is how President Obama’s trips are planned when we travel overseas. So this particular event seems to be a departure from that protocol.”
So . . . gospel according to The New York Times and ‘White House officials’, the rest of the media ran with B.R.E.A.C.H. of P.R.O.T.O.C.O.L.
After pushing the story for days, the online edition of The New York Times buried a C.O.R.R.E.C.T.I.O.N. on January 29, 2015, at the bottom of an article entitled Netanyahu Is Talking to Leading Democrats to Little Effect So Far, it reads: Correction: January 30, 2015: An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.
And still the media runs with the narrative, Netanyahu accepted an invitation to Congress before the administration had been informed of the invitation.
BibiGate, ChickenShit, No Guts and a R.E.A.L. Breach of Protocol
Talk about ‘breach of protocol’, a senior Obama administration official railed about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Jeffrey Goldberg: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickensshit . . . He’s got no guts.”
“No guts?” Ummm . . . standing strong for your country battling thousands of incoming rockets (many supplied by Iran) differs from stationed passive for your country when O.N.E. toy quadcopter drone flies into White House airspace and crashes on the lawn. And the ‘dangerous’ drone purchased at a store that crashed on the White House grounds? It “prompted calls from President Barack Obama and others for tougher, swifter regulation of the burgeoning industry by the Federal Aviation Administration.” Ummm . . . really? Not to mention, how gutless is it for an ‘administration official’ to refer to an ally as ‘chickenshit,’ meaning a worthless or contemptible person? Now that’s contemptible.
I can’t help but wonder . . . how would Father Obama react to real terror — if his daughters were raped, beheaded or kidnapped into sexual slavery? In regard to a ‘No Guts’ vs. ‘Guts’ showdown, Mr. Too Little, Too Late offered a tranquilizing, professorial speech at the United Nations on September 24, 2014? “We choose to work for the world as it should be, as our children deserve it to be.” Ah, that idealistic word ‘should’ — not exactly Churchillian. What a contrast between Obama’s remarks and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. on September 29, 2014: “Our hopes and the world’s hope for peace are in danger.”
Don’t Should On Me
Speaking of the word ‘should’: ‘Should’ the Obama administration officials behave as ‘diplomats,’ [defined as persons who can deal with people in a sensitive and effective way] — or not? Other adjectival rants our nation’s ‘diplomats’ used to describe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Goldberg? “Recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery.’”
Nasty is as nasty does.
After the chickenshit statement, only 16% of the Israeli public believed Mr. Obama was more pro-Israel than pro-Palestianian. So much for ‘diplomacy,’ which means the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations.
And Obama’s polling stats in Israel aren’t looking all that great either. According to a survey by Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, 52% of the respondents believe Obama’s policy regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict has been “bad,” while 50% disapproved of his policies toward Iran and 47% said the same about his policies regarding Islamic State. Some 65% of the respondents said America’s position in the Middle East has been weakened or seriously weakened since Obama took office in 2009.
For Such a Time as This?
I find it interesting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — one day before Purim begins on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. As you may or may not know, Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Empire (today known as Iran) where Haman plotted to destroy them. Far more than the story of a trivialized beauty pageant winner, the book of Esther records geopolitical events occurring over 2,500 years ago.
This ancient megillah fits easily into today’s headlines, featuring the Middle Eastern conflicts. The drama, intrigue, characters, plot, and countries involved read like the current world state of political affairs. Ethnic cleansing remains a staple in world news reports today. Nations from India to Ethiopia, which composed the ancient Persian Empire, again desire to delete Israel from the world scene. And it appears that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — Iran’s Supreme Leader and his version of the ‘religion of peace’ — has taken a page out of Esther’s playbook detailing Haman’s plot “to destroy, to slay and to exterminate all Jews, young and old, children and women, in a single day.” (Esther 3:13)