“I Will Never Let My People Live in the Shadow of Annihilation”

March 5, 2012 11:03 pm 7 comments

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressing the gathering at AIPAC. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Following the Monday afternoon meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, the Israeli leader arrived at the Washington D.C. convention center to address the 13,000 people awaiting his remarks on one issue: Iran.

After thanking the United States and it’s government for their support of Israel, the Prime Minister said, “Tonight I would like to talk to you about a subject that no one’s been talking about recently, Iran.”

That was where the joking stopped.

“The Jewish state will not allow those who seek our destruction, the means to achieve that goal.  A nuclear armed Iran must be stopped,” Netanyahu said.

“I promise you that as Prime Minister, I will never gamble with the security of the state of Israel.”

Reiterating President Obama’s remarks to the conference on Sunday in which he stated that the United States’ policy towards Iran is not one of containment, Netanyahu stated that “Israel has exactly the same policy.”

The issue of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons dominated the AIPAC conference from start to finish.  Israeli President Shimon Peres, Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi all reaffirmed their positions that Iran must not be allowed to obtain a nuclear bomb.

The international community’s attempts to stop that pursuit has been a mixture of diplomacy and financial sanctions, while Iran continues to claim that it’s pursuit of nuclear technology is for medical research.

Netanyahu told the crowd that while these efforts are admirable and necessary, up until now, they have not been effective in curtailing the Iranian nuclear program.

Sanctions are hurting Iran’s economy, but the nuclear program has “continued to march forward,” the Israeli Prime Minister said.

“We’ve waited for diplomacy to work, we’ve waited for sanctions to work, none of us can afford to wait much longer.”

How much longer Israel will wait is the question everyone wants to know.  The answer to that question however is not something that will come publicly from Netanyahu’s administration.

“I’m not going to talk to you about what Israel will do or will not do, I never talk about that,” he said.

He was clear about one thing though, as long as he is leading the state of Israel, Iran and it’s proxies – including Hezbollah and Hamas – pursuit of the Jewish state’s destruction will be fought.

“As Prime Minister of Israel, I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation,” Netanyahu said.

7 Comments

  • Arnold Harris

    Neither Obama or probably any other US president will ever authorize an armed attack against Iran unless and until Iran were to attack the USA, possibly through armed Iranian-backed terrorists. And the likelihood even then is that they would not attack Iran itself but go after the proxies.

    If Israel lacks the deployable military power to destroy Iran’s existing stockpile of nuclear materials, then their best approach would be to make a serious effort to engineer a regime change in that country by means of a civil war.

    How could that be started? By neutralization, preferably within the same 24 hour period, of the whole Iranian leadership, especially the nastiest of the leading mullahs and some carefully-chosen functionaries with command powers within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The whole idea is to leave enough of them around to fight with each other, while at the same time, giving the political resistance movement in Teheran and possibly other key cities an opportunity to take control of the streets, broadcast facilities, power stations, airports, and as many military depots as possible.

    The best choice — if the situation could be thus maneuvered — would be to steer such a civil war so that the Russians could control at least northern Iran, leaving the USA and some of its surrogates an opportunity to take over southern Iran, which, I think, is where the big oil fields are located near the Persian Gulf. Why? Because an Iran militarily occupied and dominated by non-Islamic powers — exactly as it was through much of World War II — would in essence be a disarmed Iran, and therefore no threat to Israel, existential or otherwise.

    In the general chaos that would ensue, anything approaching the scenario that I have described above would also give Israel an opportunity to help Kurdistan win independence, and in the process, break up Iraq, tearing off a small piece of northeastern Syria, a larger piece of northwestrn Iran, and an even larger piece of Turkey. The Jews always have had good relations with the Kurds. The only thing the Kurds lack is a state, and both peoples, Israelis and Kurds, could benefit from that.

    The general principle of what I have suggested here was first talked about by none other than Ariel Sharon, obviously before his coma, that:

    “The Arabs may have the oil. But we have the matches.”

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI

    • Max, I think it is great that someone, like yosuerlf, who so obviously suffers from global developmental disabilities can figure out how to turn on a computer and surf the internet. Here are a few facts you might want to consider between self-loathing rants:1. The Jews have always lived in the land that is now the nation of Israel.2. The native Jews and Jewish settlers turned a barren and dusty imperial backwater of the Ottoman Empire into a productive, valuable piece of real estate. The so-called Palestinians contributed absolutely nothing.3. Despite the Palestinians lack of effort, the Jews generously offered to share the land with them and offered them the opportunity to live side-by-side in peace, those Palestinians that took the deal now enjoy democratic freedoms denied to every Arab on the planet (except those who live in Iraq or have emigrated to the West). However, the majority of Palestinians sided with a plot to destroy the Jews and drive them into the Mediterranean Sea. Like most Arab military endeavors, this failed miserably and these Palestinians are quite correctly treated as enemies of Israel.4. Please define genocide. Do you know what it means? How is keeping an enemy nation at arms length and inflicting minimal casualties genocide ?Now please return with another humorus rant that further proves you suffer from severe brain damage.

  • carl phillip atkins

    iran must be stoped in there persute to destroy gods chosen people

  • shirley smith

    May our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ and God the Father protect your nation. You are in my prayers.

  • “As Prime Minister of Israel, I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation”. Those are great words from a great leader who has been elected to be the shepard of a great nation… a nation created for the glory of God! I pray for Israel and it’s leaders. May this chosen nation of the Lord endure beyond all of its enemies to be a shining example of the truth of the Gospel of our Lord God of Abraham, Jacob, David, Christ the Savior and all of the true believers of Christ and the people of God worldwide. I give you my support and- the Lord your God IS always with you.

    Amen. Come lord Jesus.

    • Amen, Mr. Cooper. As another who loves Israel, recognizes Jesus Christ as my Messiah and reveres the Jewish prophets and the apostles, I know YHWH has His hand on the people He calls His own.
      I believe that once our Lord had brought Israel back into their land as He promised thousands of years ago that no evil power could prevail against her; that we will see judgment passed onto those who call for Israel’s destruction, no matter whether they wear suicide vests or strange pink outfits.
      God bless Israel.

  • Das what i like to hear… One hell of a leader! Netanyahu my man! God be with ya brother!

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