Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits The US Congress.

imageOn Tuesday, March 3, 2015 the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu visited the U.S. Congress and warned lawmakers on Iran’s chase for nuclear power. Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Mr. Netanyahu to speak of the threat if Iran gets nuclear programme. Mr. Netanyahu made it clear that, “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both” As the leader of Israel Mr. Netanyahu is concerned about the safety of his people.

“This is a bad deal” according to Mr. Netanyahu. “It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.” During the speech Mr. Netanyahu pointed to Congress two concerns about the deal. First concern is that Iran would get to keep a functioning nuclear apparatus. Second concern is that it will expire in 10 years and allows Iran to continue its path to gain nuclear power. “A decade may seem like a long time in a political life, but it’s a blink of an eye in the life of a nation,” he said. “It’s a blink of an eye in the life of our children.”

Iran is known to sponsor terrorist groups around the world and has threatened Israel. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist proxy said: “If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.” After Mr. Netanyahu addressed Congress, the Supreme Leader of Iran was subtweeting about Mr. Netanyahu and the United States in English and Spanish. Here are the tweets from his English account.

The Prime Minister continued to warn Congress. “We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror,” and “Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America. Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam.” He warns that Iran is not our friend and they have to change their way in order to be treated like a normal country. “This regime will always be an enemy of America,” Mr. Netanyahu said. He also demands that Iran does three things, first to stop its aggressions against its neighbors in the Middle East, second to stop supporting terrorism around the world, and third to stop threatening to annihilate Israel the one and only true Jewish state.

Mr. Netanyahu showed leadership and his belief from the beginning by the mentioning of Esther and closing with a message from Moses two qualities that are currently missing in this administration. “Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we’ll read the Book of Esther,” he said. “We’ll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies.” He also made a promise in front of the US Congress. “I can promise you one more thing even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.” The leader of the Israel is asking the United States to fight terrorism together. “But I know that Israel does not stand alone,” he added. “I know that America stands with Israel. I know that you stand with Israel.”

As Mr. Netanyahu asked for the United States to stand with Israel more than 50 Democrats skipped the event and the senior Democrat to attend the speech, Nancy Pelosi not only exited the chamber before Netanyahu she also showed signs of disagreement and issued a statement. Basically saying that Mr. Netanyahu speech was a “insult to the intelligence of the United States” which had left her near tears.

Here’s the list of all Congress members that missed the speech.

Senate

  1. Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.)
  2. Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.)
  3. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D., N.M.)
  4. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.)
  5. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.)
  6. Sen. Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii)
  7. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.)
  8. Sen. Roy Blunt (R., MO.)

House

  1. Rep. Karen Bass (D., Ca.)
  2. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.)
  3. Rep. Corrine Brown (D., Fl.)
  4. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.)
  5. Rep. André Carson (D., Ind.)
  6. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D., Tx)
  7. Rep. Katherine Clark (D., Mass.)
  8. Rep. Lois Capps (D., Ca.)
  9. Rep. Lacy Clay (D., Mo.)
  10. Rep. James Clyburn (D., S.C.)
  11. Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.)
  12. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D., N.J.)
  13. Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.)
  14. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D., Ill.)
  15. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D., Ore.)
  16. Rep. Diana DeGette (D., Colo.)
  17. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D., Tx)
  18. Rep. Donna Edwards (D., Md.)
  19. Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.)
  20. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)
  21. Rep. Martha Fudge (D., Ohio)
  22. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D., Ariz.)
  23. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D., Ill.)
  24. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.)
  25. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D., Texas)
  26. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio)
  27. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Ca)
  28. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.)
  29. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D., Calif.)
  30. Rep. Betty McCollum (D., Minn.)
  31. Rep. Jim McDermott (D., Wash.)
  32. Rep. Jim McGovern (D., Mass.)
  33. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D., Calif.)
  34. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.)
  35. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D., Tx)
  36. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D., Maine)
  37. Rep. David E. Price (D., N.C.)
  38. Rep. Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.)
  39. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D., La.)
  40. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.)
  41. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.)
  42. Rep. John Yarmouth (D., Ky.)

Where was the Obama administration during the speech? Obama was reportedly participating in a video conference on the situation in Ukraine. Vice President Joe Biden, was replaced by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch due to a foreign trip. US Secretary of State John Kerry was negotiating in Switzerland, with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Since President Obama missed the speech he spoke from the Oval Office of the White House, and said “There was nothing new” in the speech.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! Psalm 122:6 ESV

In case you missed the speech here’s the approximate 40-minute speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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