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US Democrats blast Netanyahu’s anti-Iran speech at Congress

A group of top US Democrats have decried Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congress address, characterizing the speech as “political theater.”

Netanyahu delivered an anti-Iran speech at Congress on Tuesday to persuade American lawmakers to put more pressure on Tehran during nuclear negotiations.

However, remarks made by lawmakers following the speech showed that he failed to complete his mission.


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Israeli Prime Minister B. Netanyahu’s full speech to US Congress


At least 55 Democrats, including eight senators and 47 House members, boycotted Netanyahu’s address to protest his sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s strategy in dealing with Iran.

They were also attacked House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Netanyahu without consulting Obama.

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen, who boycotted the address, described the Israeli leader’s speech as “political theater worthy of an Oscar.”

“I believe the prime minister was successful in probably getting reelected,” Cohen said, referring to elections that will be held in Israel later this month. “I’m sure this will play well in Israel.”


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Senior Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein also expressed hope that the speech does not “explode the possibilities” of a nuclear agreement with Iran.

Sen. Dick Durbin criticized the Israeli leader for dismissing “the president’s efforts.”

“I think at some parts of his speech, he may have mischaracterized some of things that are being said,” he said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Netanyahu insulted the people in the United States by his speech.

“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 [negotiating] nations,” Pelosi said.

Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman also said Netanyahu is “smacking down a straw-man deal that doesn’t exist.”

Another Democrat, Rep. Peter Welch, blasted Netanyahu for undermining the strong bond between the United States and Israel.

“The biggest long-term mistake… the prime minister made was embracing a Boehner-led effort while he snubbed, very directly, the president of the United States,” Welch said.

Following the speech on Tuesday, President Obama said there was “nothing new” in Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress.

“I did have a chance to take a look at the transcript, and as far as I can tell, there was nothing new,” Obama told reporters.

The US president added that “the prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives.”

“Keep in mind that when we came to the interim deal, Prime Minister Netanyahu made almost the precise same speech about how dangerous that deal was going to be,” Obama said.

“The bottom line is this: We don’t yet have a deal. It may be that Iran cannot say yes to a good deal. I have repeatedly said that I would rather have no deal than a bad deal,” he explained.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is in the middle of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — in order to reach a final agreement after an interim deal was reached in November 2013.


Netanyahu addresses US Congress
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Netanyahu addresses US Congress
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Netanyahu addresses US Congress
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Netanyahu addresses US Congress
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Netanyahu addresses US Congress
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Pro-Israel lobby in US ‘wants war with Iran, not nuclear deal’

Israel and the Zionist lobby in the United States have “raised the bar so high” in Iran nuclear negotiations to prevent a final deal from materializing and to ignite another war in the Middle East, an American professor says.


“Their strategy here is to raise the bar in the negotiations so high that Iran will not go for the deal,” said Kevin MacDonald, a professor of psychology at California State University in Long Beach.

“I do think what they really want is war. Israel wants war with Iran for quite a few reasons besides this issue of the nuclear weapons,” MacDonald said Tuesday during an interview with Press TV.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an anti-Iran speech at Congress on Tuesday to persuade American lawmakers to put more pressure on Tehran during nuclear negotiations.

However, remarks made by American lawmakers following the speech indicate that he failed to complete his mission.

A group of top US Democrats have decried Netanyahu’s address, characterizing the speech as “political theater,” and “an insult to the intelligence of the United States.”

At least 55 Democrats sat out the address, underscoring the partisan divide between the two major parties. Their absence was extra significant because Congress usually unites around the issue of Israel.

“It’s unprecedented that you have this breach in bipartisan support that the Israel lobby has been able to maintain,” MacDonald said.

But he warned that the pro-Israel advocacy groups are still “very strong” inside the government and the media and “Jewish power is going to be maintained” because of their vast financial contributions to US electoral campaigns.

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R), Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan (C) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Saudi Arabia fully cooperating with Israel over Iran

Saudi Arabia is fully cooperating with Israel on a host of issues regarding Iran, particularly the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, a senior European official has reportedly said.

“The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” Israel’s Channel 2 quoted the European official as saying on Tuesday, without specifying him by name.

The official said Israel also shares intelligence with Saudi Arabia on Iran’s nuclear program at a very intimate level.

According to the TV report, the Saudi officials have, in various unspecified diplomatic discussions, assured Israelis that they are ready to allow the regime’s air force to use the kingdom’s airspace for a potential attack on Iran.

“The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi airspace en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary,” the report said, stressing that Riyadh’s only condition is that Israel makes “some kind of progress” in talks with Palestinians.

Saudi officials have yet to comment on this report.

Although Tel Aviv and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, reports of their long-time cooperation on various matters have emerged.


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