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Arab Commentators Strongly Back Netanyahu on Congress Speech, Iran Nuclear Threat

March 3, 2015 6:22 pm 69 comments

Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. Photo: Screenshot.

Leading Arab opinion makers weighed in on the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday and expressed strong support for his stance on the Iranian nuclear threat.

In an op-ed for the Saudi Arabian daily Al-Jazirah on Monday, columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj asserted that Netanyahu is justified in his campaign against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, according to The Middle East Media Research Institute. Al-Faraj said Netanyahu’s effort to prevent the signing of the agreement is in the interests of the Gulf states, and that the prime minister “is right to insist on addressing Congress about the nuclear deal.”

“I am very glad of Netanyahu’s firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration’s anger and fury,” Al-Faraj wrote. “I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents.”

The Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English, Faisal J. Abbas, published a column on Tuesday in which he asked Obama to take notes from Netanyahu on the extent of the Iranian threat. In the piece, titled “President Obama, Listen to Netanyahu on Iran,” Abbas said, “one must admit, Bibi did get it right, at least when it came to dealing with Iran.”

Abbas noted that Netanyahu “hit the nail right on the head” when he said at a recent event in Tel Aviv that “Middle Eastern countries are collapsing and that ‘terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, are filling in the vacuum.'” In his remarks, Netanyahu “managed to accurately summarize a clear and present danger, not just to Israel (which obviously is his concern), but to other US allies in the region,” Abbas wrote.

“What is absurd, however,” Abbas continued, “is that despite this being perhaps the only thing that brings together Arabs and Israelis (as it threatens them all), the only stakeholder that seems not to realize the danger of the situation is President Obama, who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime: Ayottallah Ali Khamenei.”

Abbas slammed Obama’s “controversial take on managing global conflicts that raises serious questions.”  The “real Iranian threat” Abbas said, is not just the country’s nuclear ambitions, “but its expansionist approach and state-sponsored terrorism activities which are still ongoing.”


  • José DeSouza

    It’s all the fault of the current NPT which has some loopholes that seem to have been purposely cut to prop up nuclear energy vendors. Countries which choose to have nuclear power plants in their territories should never be allowed to enrich uranium or reprocess nuclear wastes under any excuses. Achieving nuclear breakout capacity by “being able to beat ploughshares into swords” effectively amounts to the same done the other way around.

    • Rick Martinez

      A nuclear Iran would spell disaster. It would afford Hezbollah nuclear capability to strike at us. In “Nuclear terrorism-the ultimate preventable catastrophe,” Graham Allison points out that new nuclear states “are feared…because of their potential as conduits of nuclear weapons and technology to terrorists…In the aftermath of a nuclear attack, America’s leaders could find themselves with no idea of where it came from, or how and against whom to respond” (Op. Cit., 130-131). The above author warns our leaders that it will take a proactive approach to prevent nuclear states from providing nuclear materials to terrorists.

  • I don’t think they take into account that Iran will really nuke Israel but rather they expect that under Iran’s nuclear threat,Israel might make major to even, self-destructive concessions. Of course, this will not happen unless then Israel will be governed by idiots. One Babi Yar is already one too many, let alone a second one, utterly let alone a second one of a monstrous size.

  • I wish that Arabs and Jews will stand up together!
    it will be peace for ever.
    God bless the Prime Minister of Israel who is not afraid to stand up against Obama’s agenda to support the biggest treat to entire World Iran!
    He is not a friend To Israel. in his opinion and his administration will be better to have a “new” friend who is the worst enemy to US and Israel and entire World

  • Blogger from Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for what he wants to freedom of opinion. He faces the death penalty. And you want to say that Israel has found an ally in the Arab world?
    You have probably forgotten 9/11, which was organized and sponsored by the princes and security forces in Saudi Arabia.
    Israel and Riyadh – against America? And that’s good?

  • Terrific speech, may I say no more than I expected from such an amazing Statesman/Leader as Mr. BBN PM of Democratic Israel. If the Arabs really want to wake up then take responsibility for ridding themselves of Wahabbi Islam and Sharia Law. Spend their billions of Petrol Dollars on building sound economies and keeping their people employed. Revising their attitude to their women who are in many ways more intelligent than the males. Deal with the 10,000 schizophrenics in Saudi alone (courtesy of Saudi Gazette April 2014) Stop importing blood and organs from captive children women and non muslims — and finally stop importing black slaves from Africa — castrating black males on arrival. The Arabs are backward cowards no wonder they are now looking to Israel for protection. They have the money to bring themselves into the 21st Century. When the Arabs function like democratic Israel we will see a better world.

  • Harry Saleh

    sounds to me that many are bashing our president for trying diplomacy without murder. can Netanyahu say that?

    • Thorsten Griebsch

      “The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal”, not war.

    • The purpose of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress was to warn the West of Iran’s imminent nuclear capability which would lead to war if not stopped. In no way did he advocate war; he suggested strong sanctions as a way of preventing future conflict. Netanyahu came to the US as a loyal ally; not to have warned a friend about such danger would have been unconscionable.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Obama will unite the Israelis and the Arabs and peace will ensue. All Obama has to do is persist in his childish tantrums, arrogant attitude, ignorant policies, persistent refusal to see facts and reality, continue in his spineless direction and peace will be born between Arab and Jew.

  • It should be noted that no one from the PA or Hamas has said anything about this situation. Any nuclear bomb hitting Israel would hit them as well. Why are they not concerned? Or are they afraid to speak out against Iran?

    • The leaders will jump ship and sacrifice their own people for the greater good. To kill Israelis. Martyrdom is a big thing for them. That’s how they would justify it. Annnnnnd, they don’t give a rats ass about their people anyway—hiding out in Qatar during the Israeli strikes…pathetic leadership.

    • Because they hate Israel more than anything in the world and hope it will by annihilated at any cost, even their own demise. They also think they will meet the virgins in heaven that way faster.

  • Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabis have an uncomfortable relationship, but one that can lead to better things. Obama knows this. He is less president and more Islam PR rep. He cannot allow friendship between Israel and Islamic countries as it will reinforce the idea of Islamic sponsored terrorism – something the president uses political capital daily tosay does not exist.

    Love the office – despise the man.


  • All muslims in every muslim state want to see Israel wiped out. Saudi Arabia is no exception. The only reason Saudi is behind Israel on this issue is because they, too, are afraid of Iran and want it destroyed before they have a chance to destroy any nation in the world.

    Make no mistake, the Sunni’s and the Shiite’s my kill each other everyday but they still have one common goal…..the destruction of Israel.

    • The real stepping stone to peace between Israel and any or all the Arab capitols is when Iran really decided to flex its puny nuclear muscle against another Arab state. Don’t forget the Mahdi effect. They need to bring nuclear war to the world in order to satisfy the Mahdi. I bet the Iranian people would like to have the Shah back now. You think!!!!

    • Robi,
      I case you’ve been out of touch for the past 30 – 40 years. All the governments of most of the middle eastern countries have all signed peace treaties with Israel with the exception of the Palestinian Authority. That’s why you never hear about Jordan’s, Saudi Arabia’s, Egypt’s, Yemen’s, Iraq’s, or Syria’s military attacking Israel. However, you do hear about Hamas, Hezbolah, Al Qaeda, and any other terrorist organization mostly paid for and or supplied by Iran has. Only the Iranian government has sworn the destruction of Israel. Don’t confuse Governments with terrorist organizations. Governments stopped attacking Israel since Anwar Sadat signed the peace treaty with Israel back in 1979. Other countries realized Israel wanted to live in peace with its neighbors. Since the assassination of Anwar Sadat by The Muslim Brotherhood those other nations those other nations wouldn’t let that deter them for following Sadat’s foot steps and now most of that list of nations above have worked with Israel and even have commerce with Israel even if though they support The Palestinians they still would like a peaceful ending of cooperation and co existence to that problem.

    • Harry Saleh

      i do not want the destruction of isreal. that is not a true statement that “every muslim wants the destruction of Isreal.” i am moslem and shiite and proud to say some of my nearest friends are Jew. RobiMac, i can only say that it is prejudice people like you who spread discord and hatred. SHAME ON YOU

    • Not all Muslims want Israel to be wiped out. This wish is widespread in Muslim societies (and in Muslim minorities in non-Muslim societies like in Europe) but there are Muslims who support Jewry and even the state of Israel. Of course, many of them are themselves Israeli. I cannot believe that a majority of the over 20% Muslim Israelis are idiots who would prefer living in a “liberated Palestine” under a government built from the now PA or Hamas.

  • Dear Mr. President: If Saudi Arabia is taking the side of Israel, which in and of itself is unprecedented on Iran.

    Mr. President how clear does it have to be to you that you are missing the big picture on Iran. I hope that it does not take a nuclear war-head to hit Washington, Riyadh, Amman, Tel-Aviv or Cairo for you to see the light so to speak. (G-d forbid a Billion times over.) You are playing with the lives of my Arab and Jewish brother and sisters.

    Or are we (USA/Israel/Saudi Arabia/Jordan/Egypt Etc…) missing it on you with your finer details of embracing the enemy Iran, who calls for the death of Americans or anyone else who stands in there way – or are you unable to see the truth and understand freedom. Please respond to the world quickly, we don’t have the luxury of your timeline.

  • gerald cohen

    now and than they get it right

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Here is one Arab who is smart enough not to be blinded by anti-Israel sentiment by acknowledging the truth.

  • thank you for publishing this.

  • victoria brandeis


  • I’m happy to see the support of Israel, what is good for them is good for the Middle East.

    • Harry Saleh

      everyone is created equal but isn’t it time that Isreal elect a new president with a clean record? someone who can talk peace to the arab neighbors? Netanyahu has hammered to many and the arab world will not give him the time of day. just saying.

  • I missed hearing the speech given to Congress by Prime Minister Netanyahu. I heard bits and pieces of it on CNN but after a few hours of listening to the same people say the same thing I had been listening to all day, I turned it off. It became evident to me that if I wanted to hear something different, I would have to look to people who weren’t afraid to report the truth.
    My son, Brian, had recently returned from a trip to Israel. I receive his Facebook notifications so when he received an email about Algemeiner, I did, too. I read it and I liked what I read. It was very informative and interesting. Now I look for it in my emails at least once a week, which is unusual for me. I don’t usually look or listen to the news because I say “only the faces change, not the stories.” These stories were about a small nation of people who were allowed to reclaim their God-given land after thousands of years of having no homeland. Stories about people being attacked because they stood out in a crowd of people. They didn’t stand out because they were behaving badly. Their clothes were a little different. The men wear small caps on the back of their heads. I don’t think any other nationality does that. That one small dress trait sets them apart. They are thought of as resourceful people. A trait we should all have. The average person in America would be appalled if they were walking down the public street bothering no one and then suddenly they were attacked because they were wearing a watch or because they were wearing black shoes or because they had blue eyes. None of those reasons make any sense for a non-provoked act of violence. It doesn’t make sense to hurt people because they are called God’s chosen people, either. It sounds more like jealousy and envy to me.
    I believe the leader of our country has a responsibility to act as the ambassador of our country on my behalf when leaders of other nation’s come here because he speaks for and represents me to that guest. Mr Obama was rude, disrespectful, and made me ashamed to call him the leader of my country. The Gulf Arab nations don’t even respect him and they’re supposed to be the enemy of Israel. Yesterday was truly a sad day for the USA. I hope the rest of the world doesn’t believe that I am as ignorant and hateful as Mr Obama simply because he’s supposed to represent me.

    • Harry Saleh

      you should see the whole picture of how many arab children were slaughtered in the name of standing for Isreal. I am not wanting the destruction of Isreal but do want them to elect a new prime minister who can talk without killing.

  • Neville Chamberlain… John Kerry…

    The signature of ayatollah Khameini will prove to be just as trustworthy as was Hitler’s

  • Another signal that it is time for Israel to join forces with the remaining non-terrorist regimes in and around the Middle East.

    IS & consorts may yet bring the long-awaited normalization of Israel’s relations with her neigours!

  • Laura Burkhart

    This is the first really honest article about reality in the USA! It’s about time!!!!

  • When was the last time you ever heard of any Arab praising a speech by any Israeli Prime Minister? I think that the Arabs are quite afraid of President Obama’s bowing down to Iran. He does not have Israel’s back, nor that of the other nations in the region. His only supporters are America’s Jews and fools.

  • Is that a little bit of light I see, about to come over the horizon?

  • Reform School

    An inconvenient truth Obama-worshipping reporters hide from their viewers is that the cheap Middle East oil fueling the recent upward bumps in the U.S. economy comes from Saudi Arabia, not Iran. The Mad Mullahs pulling Obama’s strings are Persians, not Arabs. Unlike relatively backward Arabs, it is the Persians who are the empire builders, like Egypt before them, Ottoman Turkey after and more recently Russia. Are Obama and his J Street pals trying to revive the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo against America? Angering the potentates ‘On the Sunni Side of the Street’ (like the House of Saud) can trigger little else.

  • For the first time, I totaly agree with Abbas.

  • richard sherwin

    i presume that Abbas really knows why Netanyahu worked so hard to include Obama WITHIN the AMerican tradition of Congressional support for Israel… he had enough to get done without bringing an attack on the US President into the no deal is better than a bad deal argument re Iran.

  • Americans are so proud of Bibi! We so wish we had a leader again! Netanyahu did not say all that I had hoped he would. He was too gentle.

  • Wow wee! Abbas said something ,in fact a few things that were pro Israel! What has he been smoking?? Nothing! He knows which side his bread is buttered and looks at Bibi and Israel to save his butt.He wasn’t very flattering about forked tongue Obama and for a change,at least in. Israeli eyes,made some sensible remarks.
    If Bibi saves Abbas backside he (Abbas) will then continue his muderous trends towards the Jews in general. Pity. Imagine what he could achieve working with Bibi and the Israeli ‘s
    No chance I fear. He wouldn’t survive 5 minutes if he dared. Still it’s nice to have his and the Arabs support for a few moments.

    • Perhaps you’re speaking of a different Abbas…. The Abbas if this article refers to, The Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English, Faisal J. Abbas”.

  • For some time it has been clear that Israel and the Arab states are on the same side in opposing Iranian expansion across the Middle East and Iranian support for terrorists. Now is the time for Arab states to make themselves heard by Obama and by the Senate who should have the final say on approving any treaty. Some have said Obama does not require Senate approval, so the Congress must also pass a bill specifically requiring Senate approval for any treaty with Iran. There is a time to be quiet and a time to speak. Now is the time to speak!

  • Maybe this is God sent, at least one important thing which the Arabs and Israeli’s have in common.

  • Obama may not take note of Bibi’s speech, but maybe he will heed the real concerns of his friends in the Arab world.

  • Dr Hilton Evens

    How interesting it is to see Saudi Arabia & the Arab Gulf states holding hands with Israel over the biggest threat the world faces today. This seems to bode well for future Arab-Israeli relations.

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  • bissel essen

    WoW! At last! A spark of recognition that Israel and its people are human, and want to support the Arabian countries and governments to thwart Nuclear ambitions of Iran in M.East
    God bless those that bless Israel.
    I love Israel’s Bibi, and I love Obama. But Bibi forgot to mention what alternatives he was suggesting in lieu of the table tennis game Kerry is playing.

    Did you ever notice you can spell Iran as I ran (away from the table.)
    How about peacefully ‘Dismantling’ of Iran’s nuke facilities? Ain’t gonna happen.

    How about building better Iron Domes and a lot more of them.

    How about- Outgunning Irans Nukes and ICBMs.We could blast em to kingdom come which is where all those chaste gals await them.

    Or, How about a Pre-emptive strike? So Putin would probably join in, supporting Iran, and looking for land and power. China won’t join in, until Putin or somebody would drops an egg on them and blame the U.S. Then little ole Pyong-yang would join in just for fun, India would hit Pakistan, Pakistan would hit Afghanistan and well, it’s probably a show only the gods can enjoy.

    Another Alternative: Bigger better and deeper bomb shelters. we At last, Gazans will be able to use their tunnels for a really good thing, their survival.

  • Samuel J. Savitz

    I can find nothing more appropriate to describe the circumstances at hand then the ancient proverb, possibly of Arabic origin, that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” It is evident that this is true today as it was in the 4th century B.C., when the expression was believed to have been first recorded.

  • Errol Daniels

    What? Abbas dissing Iran? Huh? Abbas and all the Arab states hate Jews more than they love their children. Iran funds/supplies Hamas! What a joke!

  • I am sorry to say I voted for Obama twice. Of course I can’t vote for him again but because if him, I may never vote as a Democrat again.

  • The threat is not Iran’s nuke.
    The real threat is Obama´s naive position.

  • well, if the arabs support him, he must be okay. (sarc/on)

  • Michael Palmer

    Obama and Neville Chamberlain may go down in history as making the TWO biggest mistakes in History. Mistaking true evil for compliance. I hope this will not come to pass.

  • How ironic that over 50 Democrats refused to attend Netanyahu’s speech and Pelosi rudely turned her back on the Prime Minister, but Arab opinion makers support Bibi and his arguments. Naive, feckless Obama imagines Iran as a partner in the Middle East, if only they can settle this annoying nuclear issue. He simply either cannot or refuses to see reality – Iran wants hegemony in the Middle East and will continue its expansionist efforts and its extensive state-sponsored terrorism. How dangerous Obama is to American well-being and Israeli security.

  • Dogan. Akman

    When it comes to understanding the workings of Middle Eastern minds, Obama is a babe in the woods. Obviously, he has never bargained to buy a carpet or a piece of Jewellery or anything else for that matter in a souk.

    In the circumstances, he should listen carefully, respectfully to what the people who know and undertand the workings of the minds of the Ayatollahs are telling him and heed their advice.His failure to do so bodes badly both for the Middle Eastern countries and for the world.

    This is particularly so when Israel`s very own Middle Eastern ennemies/opponents/adversaries who never agree on anything with Israel share and support Netanyahu`s advice to Obama.A miracle.May be G-d is telling him something to wake him up from his delusional obsession about Iran.
    Nisim Aseo

  • Iran the destabilizing factor in the Middle East and beyond..

    Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and seeks one of the world’s most terrifying weapons: a nuclear bomb.

    Israel’s PM speech in Congress today just reinforced our resolve to stop Iran’s Nuclear development at all costs. The alternative could bring the world to a nuclear Holocaust.

    Iran also has developed the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East, which poses a growing threat to U.S. bases, U.S. allies, and numerous other countries in the region.

    The rogue regimes in Iran pose some of the most dangerous threats to U.S. national security interests. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is rapidly expanding its nuclear program and ballistic missile force plus other offensive weapons and methods of terror. Regrettably, the Obama Administration has failed to formulate effective policies to address the challenges posed by the rising power of Iran and its unpredictable regime.
    Iran has been hostile to the United States since 1979, when a revolution brought to power a cadre of anti-Western Shia Islamist revolutionaries who dubbed the United States the “Great Satan.” Iran has tried to export its Islamist revolution violently to Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Gaza and Saudi Arabia by supporting Shia radical Islamists in each of these countries. Tehran helped to create the Hezbollah terrorist group in Lebanon and has supported a wide variety of terrorist and revolutionary groups throughout the Middle East. It became the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to advance its foreign policy goals and punish its enemies.
    In recent years, Iran’s hostile regime has been one of the chief beneficiaries of the political turmoil that convulsed the Middle East during the “Arab Spring,” which distracted the United States and other countries from the ongoing standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. The dramatic events diverted international attention from Tehran’s stubborn defiance of four rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions on the nuclear issue. The political upheaval in the Arab world also has toppled a government in Egypt, and recreated a new government headed by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Iran undermined governments in Jordan, Bahrain, and elsewhere, that firmly opposed Iran. Although Bashar al-Assad’s pro-Iranian regime in Syria also has been weakened, strong support from Iran appears for the moment to have evened the balance of power in Syria’s civil war fueled by Assad.
    Some of the consequences has been the growth of ISIS and its goal for a Caliphate Dominion. The horrific pictures of beheadings and atrocities that defy human comprehension, only awaken our resolve to stop terror and violence before it engulfs the whole world and threaten our own survival.
    In retrospect, how would the U.S. react if Iran was a neighbor of the U.S. with its nuclear development and a threat to the U.S. and its allies.

    U.S must force the halt of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Washington must do a better job of enforcing its red line against an Iranian nuclear weapon than it did in enforcing the Obama Administration’s ill-considered red line against Syrian chemical weapons. Tehran must be forced by additional sanctions to comply with its non-proliferation obligations. The U.S. must demonstrate the willingness and capacity to defend its vital interests in the region. The U.S. should not agree to lift or ease anymore sanctions until Iran has taken concrete and irreversible actions to stop uranium enrichment, ship medium-enriched uranium stocks out of the country, close the uranium enrichment facility at Fordow, and halt work on the heavy water reactor at Arak and other location in Iran or its accomplices.

    Imagine Iran with nuclear capability and some terrorists getting a hold off a backpack with a nuclear device or dirty bomb and detonating it in the middle of Times Square in New York or any other congested area with hundreds of thousands in casualties. Do you think the American people will tolerate such a potential threat.
    I think 9-11 has shown to the American people that threats and weapons of mass destruction in the possession of terrorists is a national threat to America and the rest of the free world.
    It is time for the free world to take the gloves off and treat the threat with utmost force and cleanse the terrorists and its sponsors from existence.

    • EXCELLENT essay!
      You state: “In retrospect, how would the U.S. react if Iran was a neighbor of the U.S. with its nuclear development and a threat to the U.S. and its allies.”

      The above quote reminds me of the Soviet deployment in 1962 of missiles in Cuba with nuclear warheads. What did our then POTUS JFK do?

      With regard to Iran, Israel under Bibi feels the same way today as JFK did then. And he (Bibi) is fully justified.

  • It is the old story…when you are in a foxhole, everyone is your fried. Survival comes first.

  • Helene duPont

    I am happy to see that the Arabs agree with Netanyahu. Perhaps this is the stepping stone to real peace- common concern of annihilation.

  • Kerry M Berger

    All this means is that the other Arab States don’t want to be involved in a direct conflict against Iran; therefore, Israel serves a valuable purpose taking Iran on unilaterally. Talk about chicken livers among the Arabs. Let them take responsibility. Israel is going to face more battles with Hamas and Islamic Jihad according to The Algemeiner in the near future. Why risk it all on Iran? It’s not worth the loss of Israeli lives when we know that ultimately, in the final analysis, the Arabs still seek to rid the land of Israel and its Jews. The negative publicity of a unilateral stance against Iran is not going to work in Israel’s favor.

  • That backing is a good sign. – It is obvious of a “nuclear fallout” if those nukes fall in the wrong hands. Has the world fogotten CHernobyl? That is a mirror to look at if a failure occurs in the wrong hands.

  • To understand Obama, you have to realize that it is not his solidarity with Islam which is dangerous, it is his solidarity with jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamists. Obama never met a terrorist he did not love.

  • so finally, after 1,000 years of fighting, the Arabs and the Jews agree on something: Obama is clueless.

  • Bibi’s speech was wonderful! I just hope that congress will stop just talking and start acting for the good of our country, Israel and the region.

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