February 9, 2015 7:00 am -

The White House, Democrats and many Israelis oppose Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to speak to Congress.

The Israeli leader faces growing calls to cancel the visit as rivals accuse him of risking Israel’s relations with the United States in hopes of winning extra votes in next month’s Israeli parliamentary election.

But Netanyahu has shown no signs of backing down, saying Sunday he would “do everything” to prevent U.S.-led international negotiators from reaching a “bad and dangerous agreement” with Iran over its nuclear program.

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20 responses to Netanyahu Under Pressure To Cancel Speech To Congress

  1. Obewon February 9th, 2015 at 8:41 am

    GOP leader Boehner & Limbaugh’s stunt is backfiring with Netnyahu’s Israeli voters it was meant to placate. Many now realize USA’s number one foreign aid recipient Israel’s annual $2 billion is due for cutbacks.

    Bibi’s rhetoric has 0.0% to do with U.S. sanctions on Iran that already forced full disclosure of the Iranian nuclear program, with the scuttling of all enriched uranium above 5% and UN IAEA boots on the ground daily inspections.

    • Dwendt44 February 9th, 2015 at 11:55 am

      U.S. aid to Israel is close to, but usually over, $3 Billion a year above the table. A couple of Billion more under the table. It was lower under Bush than it is with Obama.

  2. Mike February 9th, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I’m hoping dems can show a bit more unity on this issue than they have been doing. I don’t understand why there is not a party wide boycott of this event. Whether you agree with the president or not, he is the president and as such, is in charge of foreign policy. I want to see every diplomatic possibility exhausted before anyone starts talking about more sanctions or military action.

    Sun Tzu said it best…”Thus, though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.”

    Haven’t we learned anything from the mistakes of Bush/Cheney…????

    • Suzanne McFly February 9th, 2015 at 10:54 am

      All you have to do is look at the last election to see what happens to dems when they run away from President Obama.

      • Mike February 9th, 2015 at 11:01 am

        Proof that you get the government you don’t vote for.

  3. Pilotshark February 9th, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Well lets hope it back fires on both of them, John here at home, and BiBi losing in his.

    be nice to see the Dem`s who go pull a animal house court scene if BiBI starts to go off track, you know where they all stand up and walk out .

    ” isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do what you you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
    [Leads the Deltas out of the hearing, all humming the Star-Spangled Banner]”

  4. arc99 February 9th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Maybe we can just send Alan Grayson as the sole Democratic representative to attend.

    Then halfway through Netanyahu’s speech, Rep. Grayson can shout out “you lie!”

    If it is ok to do that to the President of the United States during a joint session, then certainly it should be no issue at all to subject a foreign head of state to the same treatment.

  5. Red Eye Robot February 9th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    If only the left hated ISIS as much as they do Netanyahu

    • a_donkey_named_Benjamin February 9th, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      yes, “the left” clearly doesn’t do enough hatin’

    • William February 9th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      If only the right loved their country as much as they hated their President. BTW, what other U S Presidents received Israel’s highest civilian honor?

    • arc99 February 9th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      If only the right would learn to read and think for themselves instead of parroting mindless, dishonest talking points fed to them by radio entertainers, they would recognize that opposition to the speech is neither unique to the American left, nor is it indicative of hatred of Netanyahu specifically or Israel in general..

      It is also seen as putting Netanyahu’s political links to the Republicans ahead of Israel’s bilateral relationship with the United States, while giving the Israeli prime minister a publicity boost ahead of the March 17 election.

      As a result, Israeli officials are considering whether Netanyahu should speak in a closed session of Congress or in smaller meetings with Congressmen rather than in a prime-time TV address, so as to defuse the tensions around the event.

      Another option is for the prime minister to make his speech at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington the same week rather than in Congress.

      “The issue has been under discussion for a week,” said a source close to Netanyahu’s office. “(Netanyahu) is discussing it with Likud people. Some say he should give up on the speech, others that he should go through with it.”

    • tracey marie February 9th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      if you only had a brain

  6. arc99 February 9th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    It was never about Iran.

    Reminiscent of the crocodile tears they shed over people losing health insurance coverage, this charade is merely another choreographed episode with no objective other than attacking the President.

    According to the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz, Israel’s consul general in Philadelphia, Yaron Sideman, wrote in a cable this week that among conservative activists in the United States, “support for the speech stems from their identification with, and admiration for, a move to defy and humiliate President Obama, more than from the importance they attribute to the Iranian issue.”

    • whatthe46 February 9th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      pretty damned sad. makes me sick. this is why they will continue to fail.

  7. Red Eye Robot February 9th, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    “The White House, Democrats and many Israelis oppose Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to speak to Congress.”

    You guys sure don’t like freedom of speech.

    • arc99 February 9th, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      so Israelis don’t like freedom of speech?

      your abject surrender on this topic is noted as you now have nothing to offer other than trolling absolute nonsense.

      • tracey marie February 9th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

        no edit was needed, you were spot on to begin with

        • jasperjava February 10th, 2015 at 8:29 am

          His edit was spot-on also.

    • whatthe46 February 9th, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      if you take a look in the mirror… you’ll meet stupid.

    • tracey marie February 9th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      such a whiny tittie baby