NETANYAHU: Israel has no better friend than America, and America has no better friend than Israel. (applause) We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism. Congratulations, America. Congratulations, Mr. President. You got Bin Laden! (cheers and applause) Good riddance!
RUSH: Boy, the Democrats were out of their seats on that one! Here’s more…
NETANYAHU: In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American, Israel will always be pro-American. (applause) My friends, you don’t have to — you don’t need to — do nation building in Israel; we’re already built. (laughter) (applause) You don’t need to export democracy to Israel; we’ve already got it. (applause) And you don’t need to send American troops to Israel; we defend ourselves! (applause)
RUSH: There was a protester that disrupted his speech. I thought he was being heckled by a Democrat. I was listening with my head turned away. I was watching the computer, so I knew watching the screen, but I was listening and I heard all hell break loose, and I thought, “Well, that’s some Democrat didn’t like what was just said.” Turns out it was some protester up in the visitors gallery. Here’s how Netanyahu handled it.
NETANYAHU: You know, I take it as a badge of honor, and so should you, that in our free societies you can have protests. You can’t have these protests in the farcical parliaments in Iran or in Tripoli. This is real democracy! (applause)
NETANYAHU: This path of liberty is not paved by elections alone. It’s paved when governments permit protests in town squares, when limits are placed on the powers of rulers, when judges are beholden to laws and not men — and when human rights cannot be crushed by tribal loyalties or mob rule. Israel has always embraced this path. In the Middle East that has long rejected it — in a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted — Israel stands out. It is different.
RUSH: Here’s his line about the Arabs in the Middle East who are free.
NETANYAHU: Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. (applause) I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one half of 1% are truly free, and they’re all citizens of Israel! (applause) This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East! Israel fully supports the desire of Arab peoples in our region to live freely. We long for the day when Israel will be one of many real democracies in the Middle East.
RUSH: I’m wondering what Obama thinks when he sees this, when he hears this. I’m wondering what he thinks as a competitor. Here’s a guy giving a great speech. Well, that’s Obama’s territory. (“I have a gift, Harry.”) Obama used to dazzle audiences. Here’s Netanyahu dazzling this audience — and Netanyahu was not using a teleprompter. He’s got some three-by-five cards, some eight-by-ten pieces of paper. But he doesn’t need much because he knows what he’s going to say. He’s entirely confident, and he owns the room. All of these things are said to be characteristics of Obama. But more than that, what does Obama think of the content when he hears this? ‘Cause this is diametrically opposed to what Obama believes: Israel is the problem in the Middle East. Yes, it does tick him off. We saw the pictures. Friday afternoon in the Oval Orifice we saw Obama sit there with his chin in his hand, staring daggers at Netanyahu. Here he asks us not to let the Iranians get nukes.
NETANYAHU: I ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message that America will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons. (applause) Now, as for Israel, if history has taught the Jewish people anything, it is that we must take calls for our destruction seriously. We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say “Never again!” we mean “Never again!” (applause) Israel always reserves… (applause) Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.
RUSH: Right, and Obama’s constantly (applause) Right on, right on. Obama’s constantly saying, “Well, of course you’ve got the right to defend yourself, just don’t.” That’s what Obama basically says. Once again, Netanyahu making it clear: There ain’t gonna bethe return to the 1967 lines.
NETANYAHU: In any peace agreement that ends the conflict, some settlements will end up beyond Israel’s borders. Now, the precise delineation of those borders must be negotiated. We’ll be generous about the size of the future Palestinian state, but as President Obama said: The border will be different than the one that existed on June 4th, 1967. Israel will not return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967. (applause)
RUSH: Now, Obama never really said that! This is a great technique here. Obama went to AIPAC on Sunday and said (paraphrased), “Look, you idiots, here’s what I really meant.” This is what smart bullies always do. They’re always misunderstand. “Okay, look, here’s what I really meant, and I’m really offended I have to say this again. You stupid fools! This is what I meant,” and then he simply reiterated what he said last Thursday and Friday about the ’67 borders, and he did not say that they would be different. He said, “The ’67 lines, with some land swaps, mutually agreed land swaps,” which, if you want to know what that means, it means that Obama is suggesting he would tolerate Israel keeping a couple of settlements in the West Bank. But the lines would be the lines. Israel would be a nine-mile-wide country with a couple of pockmarked settlements in the West Bank. That’s what Obama means. Netanyahu (chuckling) has now said that, “As President Obama said, the border will be different.” When Obama sees that (I’m sure he already has) there will be smoke, smoke coming from the Dumbo ears on both sides of Obama’s head. Here’s Netanyahu pledging compromise on the part of Israel.
NETANYAHU: Those six words will change history. They’ll make it clear to the Palestinians that this conflict must come to an end — that they’re not building a Palestinian state to continue the conflict with Israel, but to end it — and those six words will convince the people of Israel that they have a true partner for peace. With such a partner, the Palestinian — or, rather, the Israeli people — will be prepared to make a far-reaching compromise. I will be prepared to make a far-reaching compromise. (applause)
RUSH: Right on, right on. We got one more, and this is the promise that Israel will not live under constant threat.
NETANYAHU: If Israel simply walked out of the territories, the flow of weapons into a future Palestinian state would be unchecked, and missiles fired from it could reach virtually every home in Israel in less than a minute. I want you to think about that, too. Imagine there’s a siren going on now, and we have less than 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. Would you live that way? Do you think anybody can live that way? Well, we’re not gonna live that way, either! (applause)
RUSH: How can you have anything but total admiration here? You want to talk gutsy? He probably doesn’t even think it’s gutsy, but it is. I gotta take a brief time-out here. A little long in this segment, which means that the next one is gonna be a little shorter than usual. By the way, I was right: The heckler of Netanyahu today was from Code Pink (and I’ll further speculate that she got in on a ticket from John Conyers). That’s how it’s happened in the past, so I’m going with intelligence guided by experience. Her name was Rae Abileah, lives in San Francisco, 28 years old. She’s Netanyahu’s personal stalker, disrupted his speech yesterday at AIPAC, his speech to the UN General Assembly back in November 2010 and numerous other times before. She doesn’t have money on her own to be funding all this. It’s gotta be Code Pink paying her to do this.
RUSH: Well, that’s it. It’s over. Except for this. A top Palestinian official has said that Bibi Netanyahu’s speech today, joint meeting of Congress, is a declaration of war. Now, what can you do with people like that? This guy will not even take “yes” as an answer. Netanyahu told him “yes” to compromise. Declaration of war. Nabil Shaath, aid to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, called it a declaration of war.
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