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Bibi got a five minute standing ovation when he entered the hall, had his speech interrupted 43 times by applause, 26 of them standing ovations yesterday, speaking to the American Congress on the need to keep Iran from gaining Nukes.  Even Queen Esther got a standing O.  I'm not sure he got that story completely right, but I guess right enough.  Its hard to follow, as it always is talking to Jews, because they don't pronounce the names the same way we do.  Seems to me he underestimated Xerxes role in stopping Haman, and called Haman a Persian, instead of an Agagite, or descendant of the Amalekites.

I noticed in the reporting after the speech, that the Democrats blasted the speech, but during the speech they were standing and cheering with everyone else.  They are in a tough spot right now.  They lost tremendous Jewish support in the 2014 midterms, down 21% among Jewish voters compared to 2012.  That is a lot of money and a lot of energy to lose.  2016 will be interesting if this trend continues, so I'm sure that Dems would like to see Obama moderate somewhat, on his anti Israeli stance.  As bro. Thomas said, Tarshish doesn't support Israel out of a love for Israel, but out of a desire for their own self aggrandizement.  American politicians don't love the Jews.  They love their votes, and political donations.

One thing I did note, was that Bibi referenced "70 years of American and Israeli cooperation."  This point seems to be in dispute these days.  I guess folks don't really believe that the formation of Israel as a nation, was any big deal.  I noted that George Freidman, in the Stratfor article bro. Male recently sent out, down played American involvement in Israel prior to 1967.  I thought George was smarter than that, but his paper indicates that he might be a closet anti-Semite.  Maybe even an Jew hating Jew.  I've been reading him for years, and had no idea.

And of course the 70 years reference goes back to President Harry Truman, which Netanyahu also mentioned in his speech.  But even the support from 1945 onwards officially granted by the US, pales in comparison to the support given by Americans (mostly American Jews) from the foundation of the Zionist movement.  Apart from that money, the Zionists would not have been able to resist the British occupation, and ultimately thwart British plans outlined in the 1922 Churchill White Paper I referenced in another post, which called for a Jewish Cultural Center, inside an Arab (Jordanian) state, instead of an Israeli nation.
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On a related note, the Obama administration brought corruption charges against New Jersey Democrat senator Bob Menendez.  Now, the guy has appeared to me to be less the honorable, but why would this bother the Obama administration, that he would go after a fellow Democrat.  Simple.  Menendez has been an ardent supporter of Netanyahu, and Israel, and a constant critic of the treaty the Obama administration is working on, with Iran.

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An interesting consequence to Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech, was that today, 47 Republican senators sent the Ayatollah a letter telling him that the procedure President Obama is following, will not result in a treaty (you need 2/3s of the Senate to ratify a treaty) and so any terms can be undone by the next President.
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Mr Netanyahu won. For the moment he is Yahweh's chosen vessel for the times in which we live. Of this we can be sure. Meanwhile the American President and his minions wallow in ignorance of the true nature of Islam and Gods plan and purpose; as well as does the liberal broadcast media who is trying their very best to demonize Mr Cotton, the new senator from of Arkansaw, as a useless idiot. Cotton may not understand God's plan and purpose, but he and fellow politicians understand the danger of Islam as well as how to treat the only reliable friend of the USA in the Middle East, Israel. God is in control. We need not fret.
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Mr. Cotton has been a pleasant surprise.  The Republican establishment backed him against a Tea Party candidate in the primary.  He claimed that he was Tea Party.  And he sounded good, but I didn't believe him.  Mitch McConnell sounds good when he is running.  But Mr. Cotton has been awfully good so far. 
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The curious thing about Mr. Obama and his objections to Mr. Netanyahu, is that the biggest sticking point appears to be Israel's opposition to Iran.  But Mr. Herzog said he was "side by side" with Mr. Netanyahu on Iran.  Mr. Herzog was regarded by many in the military as more militarily capable that Mr. Netanyahu.  And the defense minister for the Zionist (the current shadow defense minister) is the man who made the call to blow up Iraq's nuclear installations.  So I can't see that Mr. Obama was going to gain much through a victory by Mr. Herzog.

So why did Yahweh chose Mr. Netanyahu?  It is a fascinating question.  Perhaps the answer will be seen in the 2016 elections.  The strongest Jewish support for Republicans was in 1980, when Ronald Reagan got 39%.  That election followed the second most anti-Semitic American President ever, Jimmy Carter.   Republicans got 23% of the Jewish vote in 2008, 29% in 2012, but 35% in 2014 midterms.  So the Jews are steadily growing discontented with Mr. Obama. And of course Jewish money in an election, is far more important than the Jewish vote. 

But this open hostility towards Israel, with the backlash we saw in the Israeli elections may serve to bring to power the Republican party of whom is  a large faction that at least claim that their most important political position is the defense of Israel. 
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This doesn't really have anything to do with Netanyahu's speech, but yesterday, Senator Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz declared to run for President at Liberty University, an Evangelical Christian College.  While he got many enthusiastic applauses, he got one very long standing ovation.  He got it after saying that he would unapologetically stand with Israel.


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