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Full Transcript: Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Congress Speech on the Iranian Nuclear Threat, 2015

March 3, 2015 1:23 pm 63 comments

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

Below is the full transcript of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks before Congress on March 3rd, 2015.

NETANYAHU: Thank you.

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Thank you…

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… Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Minority — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

I also want to acknowledge Senator, Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Harry, it’s good to see you back on your feet.

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I guess it’s true what they say, you can’t keep a good man down.

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My friends, I’m deeply humbled by the opportunity to speak for a third time before the most important legislative body in the world, the U.S. Congress.

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I want to thank you all for being here today. I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy. I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.

I want to thank you, Democrats and Republicans, for your common support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade.

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I know that no matter on which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.

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The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics.

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Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American — of America’s people and of America’s presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

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We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.

Now, some of that is widely known.

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Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.

Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.

I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.

In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.

Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists.

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In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there.

And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.

But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.

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And Israel is grateful to you, the American Congress, for your support, for supporting us in so many ways, especially in generous military assistance and missile defense, including Iron Dome.

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Last summer, millions of Israelis were protected from thousands of Hamas rockets because this capital dome helped build our Iron Dome.

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Thank you, America. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Israel.

My friends, I’ve come here today because, as prime minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.

We’re an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrownight, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we’ll read the Book of Esther. 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.

The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.

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Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated — he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn’t exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.

For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.

But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime.

The people of Iran are very talented people. They’re heirs to one of the world’s great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots — religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship.

That year, the zealots drafted a constitution, a new one for Iran. It directed the revolutionary guards not only to protect Iran’s borders, but also to fulfill the ideological mission of jihad. The regime’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, exhorted his followers to “export the revolution throughout the world.”

I’m standing here in Washington, D.C. and the difference is so stark. America’s founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran’s founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. And as states are collapsing across the Middle East, Iran is charging into the void to do just that.

Iran’s goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Back by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Back by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world’s oil supply.

Just last week, near Hormuz, Iran carried out a military exercise blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. That’s just last week, while they’re having nuclear talks with the United States. But unfortunately, for the last 36 years, Iran’s attacks against the United States have been anything but mock. And the targets have been all too real.

Iran took dozens of Americans hostage in Tehran, murdered hundreds of American soldiers, Marines, in Beirut, and was responsible for killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beyond the Middle East, Iran attacks America and its allies through its global terror network. It blew up the Jewish community center and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. It helped Al Qaida bomb U.S. embassies in Africa. It even attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, right here in Washington, D.C.

In the Middle East, Iran now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. And if Iran’s aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow.

So, at a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.

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We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror.

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Now, two years ago, we were told to give President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif a chance to bring change and moderation to Iran. Some change! Some moderation!

Rouhani’s government hangs gays, persecutes Christians, jails journalists and executes even more prisoners than before.

Last year, the same Zarif who charms Western diplomats laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh. Imad Mughniyeh is the terrorist mastermind who spilled more American blood than any other terrorist besides Osama bin Laden. I’d like to see someone ask him a question about that.

Iran’s regime is as radical as ever, its cries of “Death to America,” that same America that it calls the “Great Satan,” as loud as ever.

Now, this shouldn’t be surprising, because the ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America.

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. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.

In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.

So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.

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The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. We must always remember — I’ll say it one more time — the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.

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But that, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.

Let me explain why. While the final deal has not yet been signed, certain elements of any potential deal are now a matter of public record. You don’t need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this. You can Google it.

Absent a dramatic change, we know for sure that any deal with Iran will include two major concessions to Iran.

The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short break-out time to the bomb. Break-out time is the time it takes to amass enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

According to the deal, not a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.

Because Iran’s nuclear program would be left largely intact, Iran’s break-out time would be very short — about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.

And if — if Iran’s work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that break-out time could still be shorter, a lot shorter.

True, certain restrictions would be imposed on Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s adherence to those restrictions would be supervised by international inspectors. But here’s the problem. You see, inspectors document violations; they don’t stop them.

Inspectors knew when North Korea broke to the bomb, but that didn’t stop anything. North Korea turned off the cameras, kicked out the inspectors. Within a few years, it got the bomb.

Now, we’re warned that within five years North Korea could have an arsenal of 100 nuclear bombs.

Like North Korea, Iran, too, has defied international inspectors. It’s done that on at least three separate occasions — 2005, 2006, 2010. Like North Korea, Iran broke the locks, shut off the cameras.

Now, I know this is not gonna come a shock — as a shock to any of you, but Iran not only defies inspectors, it also plays a pretty good game of hide-and-cheat with them.

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, said again yesterday that Iran still refuses to come clean about its military nuclear program. Iran was also caught — caught twice, not once, twice — operating secret nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom, facilities that inspectors didn’t even know existed.

Right now, Iran could be hiding nuclear facilities that we don’t know about, the U.S. and Israel. As the former head of inspections for the IAEA said in 2013, he said, “If there’s no undeclared installation today in Iran, it will be the first time in 20 years that it doesn’t have one.” Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted. And that’s why the first major concession is a source of great concern. It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and relies on inspectors to prevent a breakout. That concession creates a real danger that Iran could get to the bomb by violating the deal.

But the second major concession creates an even greater danger that Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal. Because virtually all the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade.

Now, a decade may seem like a long time in political life, but it’s the blink of an eye in the life of a nation. It’s a blink of an eye in the life of our children. We all have a responsibility to consider what will happen when Iran’s nuclear capabilities are virtually unrestricted and all the sanctions will have been lifted. Iran would then be free to build a huge nuclear capacity that could product many, many nuclear bombs.

Iran’s Supreme Leader says that openly. He says, Iran plans to have 190,000 centrifuges, not 6,000 or even the 19,000 that Iran has today, but 10 times that amount — 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium. With this massive capacity, Iran could make the fuel for an entire nuclear arsenal and this in a matter of weeks, once it makes that decision.

My long-time friend, John Kerry, Secretary of State, confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess that massive centrifuge capacity when the deal expires.

Now I want you to think about that. The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.

And by the way, if Iran’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table. Well, Iran could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far-reach corners of the earth, including to every part of the United States.

So you see, my friends, this deal has two major concessions: one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.

So why would anyone make this deal? Because they hope that Iran will change for the better in the coming years, or they believe that the alternative to this deal is worse?

Well, I disagree. I don’t believe that Iran’s radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This regime has been in power for 36 years, and its voracious appetite for aggression grows with each passing year. This deal would wet appetite — would only wet Iran’s appetite for more.

Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger? If Iran is gobbling up four countries right now while it’s under sanctions, how many more countries will Iran devour when sanctions are lifted? Would Iran fund less terrorism when it has mountains of cash with which to fund more terrorism?

Why should Iran’s radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both world’s: aggression abroad, prosperity at home?

This is a question that everyone asks in our region. Israel’s neighbors — Iran’s neighbors know that Iran will become even more aggressive and sponsor even more terrorism when its economy is unshackled and it’s been given a clear path to the bomb.

And many of these neighbors say they’ll respond by racing to get nuclear weapons of their own. So this deal won’t change Iran for the better; it will only change the Middle East for the worse. A deal that’s supposed to prevent nuclear proliferation would instead spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet.

This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control. And the Middle East would soon be crisscrossed by nuclear tripwires. A region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars would turn into a nuclear tinderbox.

If anyone thinks — if anyone thinks this deal kicks the can down the road, think again. When we get down that road, we’ll face a much more dangerous Iran, a Middle East littered with nuclear bombs and a countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve come here today to tell you we don’t have to bet the security of the world on the hope that Iran will change for the better. We don’t have to gamble with our future and with our children’s future.

We can insist that restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program not be lifted for as long as Iran continues its aggression in the region and in the world.

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Before lifting those restrictions, the world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second…

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Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world.

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And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state.

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Thank you.

If the world powers are not prepared to insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least they should insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal expires.

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If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions would be lifted. If Iran doesn’t change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted.

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If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.

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My friends, what about the argument that there’s no alternative to this deal, that Iran’s nuclear know-how cannot be erased, that its nuclear program is so advanced that the best we can do is delay the inevitable, which is essentially what the proposed deal seeks to do?

Well, nuclear know-how without nuclear infrastructure doesn’t get you very much. A racecar driver without a car can’t drive. A pilot without a plan can’t fly. Without thousands of centrifuges, tons of enriched uranium or heavy water facilities, Iran can’t make nuclear weapons.

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Iran’s nuclear program can be rolled back well-beyond the current proposal by insisting on a better deal and keeping up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime, especially given the recent collapse in the price of oil.

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Now, if Iran threatens to walk away from the table — and this often happens in a Persian bazaar — call their bluff. They’ll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do.

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And by maintaining the pressure on Iran and on those who do business with Iran, you have the power to make them need it even more.

My friends, for over a year, we’ve been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.

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Now we’re being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That’s just not true.

The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal.

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A better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short break-out time. A better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in place until Iran’s aggression ends.

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A better deal that won’t give Iran an easy path to the bomb. A better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally. And no country…

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… no country has a greater stake — no country has a greater stake than Israel in a good deal that peacefully removes this threat.

Ladies and gentlemen, history has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war.

The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal, that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.

You don’t have to read Robert Frost to know. You have to live life to know that the difficult path is usually the one less traveled, but it will make all the difference for the future of my country, the security of the Middle East and the peace of the world, the peace, we all desire.

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My friend, standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is. With us today is Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

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Elie, your life and work inspires to give meaning to the words, “never again.”

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And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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Not to sacrifice the future for the present; not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.

But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.

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We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.

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This is why — this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.

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But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel.

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I know that you stand with Israel.

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You stand with Israel, because you know that the story of Israel is not only the story of the Jewish people but of the human spirit that refuses again and again to succumb to history’s horrors.

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Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this (inaudible) chamber is the image of Moses. Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the Promised Land.

And before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel, Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years. I leave you with his message today, (SPEAKING IN HEBREW), “Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.”

My friends, may Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead. May we face the future with confidence, strength and hope.

May God bless the state of Israel and may God bless the United States of America.

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Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you all.

You’re wonderful.

Thank you, America. Thank you.

Thank you.

63 Comments

  • Ralph Cobrinik, M.D.

    OBAMA must decide, will he be Neville Chamberlain or Winston Churchill. So far he is Neville Chamberlain.

  • At last the US has been reminded of the fact that Iran has been plotting against not only the WEST but especially Israel since 1979. Afghan/Russo war ’79-89. Thirty Six years of unrest — as the finest Statesman today has pointed out. Obama was 21 years old in 1979! Memories are short, the majority of leader’s in power both in the EU, Scandinavia as well as the US clearly have not taken aboard the big picture. After ’79 there has been an exponential rise of Islamic extremism all over the middle east. Iran with nuclear weapons cannot be allowed to exist. Time to call a halt to all this insanity, lack of economy and democracy in the Middle East. The only Leader today as well as Statesman is Mr. BB Natanyahu and on him we all depend for clear thinking and strategy. It is not for nothing Israel exists, a nation 67 years old — built out of desert and into a thriving stable economy and democracy. An example of how a nation is built to the highest level amid a backward looking and poverty stricken middle east who in turn are driven by a doctrine so inhumane and ignorant — inconceivable in the 21st century. The rest of the world needs to cop on!

  • Yuval Krausz

    It was a speech. No more, no less. Prime Minister Netanyahu was not in his very best form, but his presentation was not at all bad either. For those who know their history and their current history, the Prime Minister said nothing new. He stated facts that everyone (again, all who are genuinely interested and involved) already knew.The Iranian regime, its ayatollahs, its revolutionary guards, its so called moderate leadership today are all behind much of the misery, murder and terror that is so very much a part of the region. The question arises, again and again, what can be done and what must be done? Mr. Netanyahu said “Never Again”. That is something that all of us, upon our induction into our military service in Israel said, and will continue to say. I am also convinced that President Obama also states that, and his actions speak much louder than his words. The USA, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, and has stated, again and again, is a partner and a true friend to Israel.
    We must however realize, that we are not the only “pretty face” in the Middle East, and that the US has other and sometimes larger interests in the region. Sure, we share this and we share that…and as Israelis, we sometimes blow our own horns to say that we have accomplished this and that. Let us not kid ourselves, however, that we have all of Uncle Sam’s love, affection and attention. We do not.
    And, as the Prime Minister said in his speech today, we Jews have learned to fight back, and as many have found out, if you try, you might get the first punch or two in, but you will end up bleeding, broken and hurt for a very long time when we hit back.
    The real issue is getting enough reliable information and intelligence to prevent the small and reckless groups who are murderers and thugs from ever getting their hands on anything even remotely resembling a nuclear weapon. That is what we really need to prepare for, and we need to be vigilant and aware that this could happen.
    President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu are certainly in harmony when it comes to working towards that goal. Whether they will be able to convince Pakistan and North Korea and China and Russia, well, that remains to be seen.
    Whether congress will stop sending shiploads of arms to Lebanon, where those arms will simply fall into the hands of Hizbollah, well that also remains to be seen. The US military certainly left a very large arms supermarket in the hands of Iraqis who were not even close to being able to watch over that supermarket. Easy picking for the Islamic State murderers and butchers of human beings.
    The skeptics and the critics, the supporters and the detractors, those who still have hope and those who have lost hope, all will have their say and on March 17th Israel will go to the polls and the sun will rise on the 18th. I can only hope that when the dust of the “controversial speech” settles, when the results are in from the national election, Israelis will again rise to the challenge, to broaden the ever-shrinking middle class, to make life a bit better and a lot safer for my grandchildren there, and to live without fear of an impending nuclear devastation.

  • The story of Purim repeats itself today as PM Netanyahu goes before the king (Pres Obama/the US Congress) petitioning for his Jewish nation & the world to not be annihilated by wicked haman (iran)!…just as Queen Esther petitionned for her people. Her faith was tested by coming before her king uninvited, meaning certain death if he didn’t raise his golden scepter! Her famous last words “if I perish, I perish!” echo throughout the following generations, being repeated “at such a time as this” when PM Netanyahu appeared today with the same request…”save us from our enemy (wicked iran)!” The only difference between today & in the days of Esther is that the king (Pres Obama) was absent, though his court princes (congress) weren’t &…the pleas of Netanyahu was to “save the WORLD, not only the Jewish nation of Israel from nuclear annihalation!!! Wake up Pres HUSSEIN Obama before your secret talks with the (d)evil boomerang back on you, just like haman! Read the Book of Esther… & fear GOD

  • Very good speech and so very realistic.

  • One thing about Americans is that they can clap and applause to your face but ignore everything thereafter
    Israel knows what it must do to stop Iran from getting the bomb – it is simple…. destroy the Centrifuges and ensure they cannot build more – Israel does not need American consent to do that
    Israel needs to trust in God and not America – If the US wants to go to war with Israel for protecting the East from Terrorists making Atomic Bombs – so be it
    God shall bless Israel always and forever so follow his will

  • Petra Visser

    Well said! The world should hope that Obama takes heed of what was said, we owe it to our children

  • Bullfrog Europe

    Obama has said ‘there is nothing new in that speech’ .. And that is probably the case, simpler because there is one obvious reality .. Iran, a terror state should never be allowed the chance to acquire nuclear weapons.

    Quite simple really !

    Good on Netanyahu for going to the US.

  • NETANYAHU IS A GENIUS IN THE MOLD OF PERICLES, THE GREATEST STATESMAN AND ORATOR OF ANCIENT ATHENS. MAY NETANYAHU LIVE TO SEE ISRAEL ACHIEVE A CULTURAL LEADERSHIP IN THE MODERN WORLD SUCH AS PERICLES INITIATED FOR ATHENS IN THE 5TH CENTURY BCE.

  • Huzzah! Well said Mr. Netanyahu.

  • 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.

  • Michael Perry

    Wow, what a strong, decisive speech. What grabbed me emotionally was: “You stand with Israel, because you know that the story of Israel is not only the story of the Jewish people but of the human spirit that refuses again and again to succumb to history’s horrors.”
    Benjamin Netanyahu, my friend and my prime minister: “Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.” And don’t succumb to Obama’s rhetoric. Obama proved again and again, especially in light of Netanyahu’s speech that he is no friend of Israel and his love for America is questionable. What Obama “done” for Israel is a smoke screen for the final resolve-solution of promoting the Islamic fundamentalist Iran and all its cronies in the Middle East. I am sad to say that but generation from today, we will find out how President Obama hurt us all, instead of stopping evil in our doorstep. That is exactly what Prime Minister Netanyahu is doing. People must spell it out, the American people love Israel, they don’t love Obama. this will be the first United States President, I had ample reservations about his motives. I doubt he is good for our country. Besides the Health Care Act, was disguised as caring for the American people to gather support for his “other international plans” that includes plans to change the face of the Middle East for Israel and the other Arab countries. Obama’s administration continuous actions put doubts as to his true intentions. God Bless Israel and America. Amen!

  • He should be the leader of the free world, because he truly believes in the free world.

  • Magnificent. A modern day prophet of G-d. Thank you so very much for this speech in its entirety.

  • Bravo Bibi. This is what a true leader sounds like, in a time of world crisis.

    I find it enormously sad that he even has to do this.

    In the Purim analogy that comes so easily to mind, I don’t agree with the usual view that he’s in the role of Esther.

    He is Mordechai–the one who’s aware of what is going on, what the meaning is.

    But who is Esther? Who, having been warned, must find a way to change the outcome?

    I believe that she is all of us–and we cannot rest until we have changed the mind and heart at the highest seat of power.

  • This is a leader who has been ordained by God. The U.S must give him their ears and devise a strategy to get rid of the enemy’s plans.

  • Raphael Klarfeld

    A well-spoken leader who fully understands Irran’s intentions and incapacity to honor commitments. We should insist on the three demands he suggested in any agreement we make. Those must be met at the very minimum.

  • BIBI IS A BRILLIANT ORATOR!

  • Peter Diffenbacher

    Wow, what a speech.

  • marlis adler

    i can’t help it. i love netanyahu, i hope americans will follow his proposal and may God forbid that the treaty, the way it is now, is signed by obama.
    marlis adler

  • Julie E Worthington

    Fantastic, factual speech. Let’s hope the message was heard. God bless Prime Minister Netanyahu and the people if Israel.

  • Frances Simons

    I praise Yehovah for ennabling Mr N to give this speech, andI pray it will be heeded effectively and immediately.

  • Frances Simons

    I praise God for ennabling Mr. N.to give this speech, and I pray its message will be heeded effectively and immediately.

  • So this stupid man saying all this nonsence because of Iran. Mr Prime minister why are you so afraid of Iran? And the U.S and other world power that is having a deal with Iran, do you know more than them and if you want war with Iran just open up for the entire world to hear. I can see that Nethanyahu is the most coward,useless,stupid and arrogant Prime Minister in the whole world. God bless Islamic Republic of Iran and their Supreme Leader.

    • Michael Perry

      Stupid as stupid said. Your name is liken to the mobster’s name Capone, who had no disregard to other people. You must be a Jew hater. Even if you a re a professed Jew.

    • Anthony Spencer

      I think your comments are from the bowels of Islamic extremism and obvious Jew hatred. You are quite happy to see people hung from cranes and support the most disgusting regime in the World besides Islamic State. Islamic extremism must be confronted and destroyed.
      If you live in the United States I hope that the FBI pick you up for interrogation because you are un American and a possible terrorist

  • I stand with Israel. May God continue to bless them; and, whoa to the United States if we turn our backs on them.

  • How thru it is, we could use one real leader our shelves. After eight years it could be time for it, or it could soon be to late.

  • How thru it is JEAN, we could use one real leader our shelves. After eight years it could be time for it, or it could soon be to late.

  • If only we had the leadership that Israel has, we could reduce the efforts by Iran to build the BOMB. Israel’s sole defense is their very powerful offense of 200 to 400 nuclear devices. I hope Israel does not have to use any against Iran.

  • What a speach. A true leader for the Jewish people who shows greatness and moderation, even when our survival is at risk. Why some American Jews are not able to clearly see all what is at stake here, and forget for a moment provincial party divisions between democrats and republicans?

  • Monty Pogoda

    Outstandingly Excellent!!!

  • God be with you Bibi and may you, like Esther,
    overcome the American Haman and save your people Israel as well as the whole free world.
    Israel is so blessed to have a great leader.

  • May my country head these honest words from its friend and realist. This is a crucial moment in world history. May our elected officials rise to the occasion with the strength and promise that is necessary. We must stand firm and resolute.

  • Lema Charles

    Ignoring the speech, is putting the whole world in the hands of radicals. Let the world leaders unite now or the generation next will be in fire. Thank u Prime Minister of the state of Israel.

  • joe phillips

    Amen.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    What an incredible, awe-inspiring, moving, eye-opening spellbinding speech! I am beyond impressed! I am so proud of my prime minister! I am so proud of my Israel! My G-d, just a sensational experience to read and listen to this majestic oratorical effort! Mark my words,this is going to be considered one of the most important speeches in the 21st Century!

  • Kol hakavod Bibi! All the respect to you for a magnificent speech.

  • Bravo to a great man and an important message. Obama wants any deal because he’s desirous of a legacy. If this bad deal goes through, he will, indeed, have a legacy rivaling Chamberlain.

  • Audrey Christiansen

    What a Statesman Israel has as its leader! Oh for such a one here. Thank you for publishing the transcript of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech for us to forward on. I felt a since of pride for Israel having such a man to lead their country. I pray that his message would resonate through the congress and the Administration and they would realize that they should heed his warning re: Iran gaining a nuke.

  • How shameful that part of our government boycotted this speach. How strong the Israel’s leader is.

  • Somehow I feel, that there is more to this speech than was actually presented. I believe that this was not exactly as he had intended, but due to the pressure of the situation there were modifications – As Kerry warned yesterday – ‘don’t tell secrets’…However, he is a real leader, powerful, standing for his country, his people and in full control, respected by both parties and the world. He is a Jew and he is a fighter and he left with a clear message: We will do what has to be done to secure our country – hopefully with you, but definitely alone if we have to. America’s congressional leaders hopefully understood and will act upon the situation with the consideration and seriousness due it.

    • Michael Perry

      Of course there was more to the speech. When someone makes such a big efforts to shut you up, you as Jews should be suspicious and ask why? This is because they do no want him to be heard and tell the truth how bad the deal is with Iran. When someone is afraid for you to be heard, they hide something. First the Obama administration threaten sanctions on Israel if they don’t abide; then they tell Netanyahu not to divulge details of the deal with Iran;then they tell Nethanyahu not to be try the trust of the administration by divulging; then they criticize Nethanyahu for not divulging an alternate solution, because he was asked time and time again not to divulge. Make up your minds stupid people. There must be very stupid people in the Obama administration, including him, a law professor that allow his advisers to belittle Nethanyahu with no respect like he was a child. This is a shame for the Obama administration. The Obama administration is the most hostile to Israel and you just listen to their rhetoric and insults about Nethanyahuu. No previous American administration used such foul language against a prime minister of Israel. Thank god Obama Rule is over in a year and half. Something really awful in undergoing in the democratic party allowing and condoning the Obama recent rhetoric against Nethanyahu. the all follow blindly the Obama arrogance treatment of Nethanyahu, and yet Nethanyahu did not react. God Bless Israel and the United States of America, Amen!

    • Michael Perry

      Of course there was more to the speech. When someone makes such a big efforts to shut you up, you as Jews should be suspicious and ask why? This is because they do no want him to be heard and tell the truth how bad the deal is with Iran. When someone is afraid for you to be heard, they hide something. First the Obama administration threaten sanctions on Israel if they don’t abide; then they tell Netanyahu not to divulge details of the deal with Iran;then they tell Nethanyahu not to betray the trust of the administration by divulging privileged information; then they criticize Nethanyahu for not divulging what privileged information he could not divulge as an alternate solution. Because he was told/asked time and time again not to divulge. So, make up your minds stupid people. You remind me a law student that tries to wine an argument when he lost the mock trial. There must be many stupid people working in the Obama administration, including him, a law professor that would allow his advisers to belittle Nethanyahu with no respect like he was a child. This is a shame for the Obama administration. The Obama administration is the most hostile to Israel and you just listen to their rhetoric and insults about Nethanyahuu. No previous American administration used such foul language against a prime minister of Israel. Thank god Obama Rule is over in a year and half. Something really awful in undergoing in the democratic party allowing and condoning the Obama recent rhetoric against Nethanyahu. the all follow blindly the Obama arrogance treatment of Nethanyahu, and yet Nethanyahu did not react. God Bless Israel and the United States of America, Amen!

  • patriot 1623

    THIS IS SIMILAR TO FACING THE SOVIET UNION IN THE EARLY 80’S
    Carter made same mistakes as our current administration is with Iran.
    The BIG difference is that Obama and his people running our country are doing this on purpose.
    Carter was a naive numbskull.
    Obamas actions compromise all of us intentionally.

  • Carla Isselmann

    Wonderful man and great speech and let us hope…hope that the Americans with brains and guts force this dubious administration to listen..!

  • What a great leader, indeed! And, yet, a number of Congress members, Jews included, had terrible things to say about the Prime Minister and his speech as soon as his speech ended. They did not object to the content of the speech but rather to his right to give the speech at all. Obviously, their understanding of democracy precludes the expression of any view that contradicts with the position of the regime. They also objected to his “tone” which to their view was “condescending”. Well, both the content and the tone were exactly as they should be given the circumstances: the world is facing one of the biggest threats ever and the White House is busy trying to stop the American people from learning about it. Thanks be to Netanyahu for defying the White House and giving the speech anyway.

  • Obama prefers the sociopath Muhammad who personally decapitated 600-900 unarmed Jews. That sociopath is Obama’s hero.

  • samson T. Daramola

    This is an eye openner. I pray unto God of Heaven that the eyes of the leaders of the world will be openned to see the true Image and Light Iran and his fellow possess.

    God help us all God Bless Isreal, God bless Nigeria and God Bless and Protect the world @ Large.
    Amen In Jesus, What a fact been made reveal to us all.

  • Bruce Gardner

    If the leaders of my country (UK) and of the Free World had a tenth of the courage and integrity of Binyamin Netanyahu, whose own brother gave his life for the freedom of others at Entebbe, we would not be facing a resurgent, militant Islam.

    Terror thrives when we are weak and self-centred and it runs from us when we are strong and sacrficial. Like those in the 1930’s we face a historic choice: to face evil or bow to it.

  • Sonia Willats

    Bibi carried the weight of the world on his shoulders today. He carried precious Israel on his shoulders today. I believe the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was with him.

    As with Ambassador Ron Prosor’s speech to the United Nations towards the end of November 2014 – see youtube – the world has been warned.

    Some will rip this speech apart; I am sure they are already doing so. BUJI HERZOG HAS JUST RIPPED IT APART!!!! SHAME ON HIM!

    This was no “pre-election speech.” This is a man who loves his people and his country.

  • Dorothy Seidel Wigod

    You really have to wonder what was so objectionable about the prospect of this speech.
    Why all the chatter?
    Does not seem as though these words would bother anyone, except those who support Iran.

  • I was delighted to hear PM Natanyahu’s speech and was inspired,, I hope that Congress was inspired to keep the sanctions and not listen to Pres Obama’s irrational negotiations which leaves Israel and the rest of the free world in danger,, 2016 can not come to soon for the American People..

  • I have heard the greatest pitch in conger’s of USA. it was impressed me a lot. i think the prime minster of Israel wa absolutely right and he gave many clues and references regarding Iran’s nuclear program. that is true he was mentioned, united of fanatic Islam and Atomic bombs are the greatest dangerous for the world as their leader Khomaini and present one Khamenei said the same to wipe out Israel from the map of world! this is just stupidity of Iran’s leaderships. also we know, executed people in Iran, is more than ever, during the new governments… so all together yetanyahu had a amazing speech and i would like to thank him for that. i am not religious at all, but i don’t like terrorism specially when its been mixed with fanatic religious like Iran’s regime.

  • I hope that all who listened to this outstanding speech have heard the most important message: one cannot trust Iran. Many have said: never negotiate with terrorists. They were right. Ms. Rice thinks that a better deal than the one on the table is unachievable. Bunk. The world can impose economic sanctions with real teeth in them and Iran will be amenable to other conditions in 6 months. Iran is not self-sufficient. Iran needs both to export and to import vital resources. Iran can therefore be coerced to give up its
    nuclear program.

  • What a leader! May God bless him and Israel! And may God bless everyone who heard this speech today–that they saw and heard the truth. It was factual – not emotional…just facts.

    • Jean Stevens

      Well said. America needs a leader like that. One that doesn’t apologize for his country, but one that protects it.

    • Mordechai Siegal

      i hope that there will be white house and state department would be shaken up due to corruption like cover up truths.

    • Phil Heaton

      God’s man for the hour – no less!

    • Edgar V. Robleto

      The ever time is coming soon, and Israel at last will turn to Him whom they have to deal with. God will then send the everlasting King of Kings and Lord of Lords the promise One to save them and to bless them with the peace long awaited Kingdom!

    • The fact is that you cannot make a nuclear bomb with 20% enriched uranium. Another fact is that the medium range sized centrifuges in Iran cannot concentrate uranium to the 93% needed to make a nuclear bomb. Israel know this and yet Netanyahu leads you astray.

    • Its always a joy to hear the PM of Israel, it touches the very soul. God bless Israel and her great people.

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