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Report: Reactions to Netanayhu Congress Speech Show Hollywood Turning Away From Obama on Iran

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu detailed Iran's nuclear activity and ongoing nuclear talks in his address to Congress on Tuesday. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Early reactions from Hollywood honchos to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday showed growing disappointment with President Obama’s foreign policy, specifically in relation to the nuclear negotiations with Iran, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m a supporter of Israel, and I think Netanyahu is more qualified to know what to do than Obama,” said one Hollywood insider. “The one thing I don’t agree with is putting nuclear arms in the hands of our most mortal enemy. They’re lunatics, and they’ll get them probably anyway. But I think giving them any nuclear capability is a dangerous thing for the whole world. They’re unpredictable. There’s never going to be a truce.”

The Hollywood source added, “I support Netanyahu over Obama, who I think has turned out to be a terrible president. I gave him all my money and my votes. I wish I could get it back.”

Democratic political consultant Donna Bojarsky told the Reporter that Netanyahu’s speech, his third in front of Congress, was unusual. She explained, “No one is saying Netanyahu doesn’t have a right to disagree with American policy and try to lobby, as any government does and use appropriate means to lobby their own individual position. But this is out of the norm.”

Bojarsky added, “There are people in the Jewish community who are single-issue voters who see things solely through the prism of support for Israel. That is the main thing that drives their voting decisions. That is a small minority of Hollywood.”

Other Hollywood executives criticized Netanyahu’s speech. One Democratic activist was quoted saying, “Everyone thinks Netanyahu should be sent to the moon with no return ticket.” Another quipped, “How much is [billionaire GOP donor] Sheldon Adelson paying him?”

Netanyahu began his speech to Congress by highlighting Iran’s support for terrorism. He then called for the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program to be completely dismantled, saying, “Iran has proven time and again [that] it cannot be trusted.” Commenting on the proposed nuclear deal between world powers and the Islamic Republic, he said, “This is a bad deal. A very bad deal. We’re better off without it.” He insisted that it “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

The prime minister concluded by noting that the Jewish state will not stand by idly while its existence is being threatened.

“Days of Jews remaining passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over,” he said. “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand. We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves.”

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  • ‘Everyone thinks Netanyahu should be sent to the moon with no return ticket.’ Anyone who thinks he can speak for ‘everyone’ in Hollywood or in the USA, is wrong from the start. The fact that Bibi has been Israel’s head of govt for the past 9 years suggests some Israelis do think well of him. The number of standing ovations every time Bibi addresses Congress also suggests he has some bipartisan support in Washington. Just to note, the Arab world also supports Bibi on the Iranian issue, as do most people within range of Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles.

  • Unfortunately, the same people that are so brilliant in science, medicine, math, and in so many other endeavors are dumb as a bucket or rocks when it comes to politics. Why so many Jews; particularly those in Hollywood, find greater commonality with their enemies (see Barak Obama) than they do with those that are on their side (see Republicans) is a mystery beyond comprehension.

  • howiej

    It seems that many Democratic or other left-wing activists choose one of two words to express their reasons to explain disagreement with a policy they cannot find reasonable replies to voice, Fox News or Adelson. For those with the belief that Netanyahu will hurt the relationship between Israel and the U.S., the reception and responses he got at the Joint Session of Congress, answers the question. Listening to the responses to his speech by many Democrats who refused to attend the Joint Session, one must question their sanity. Between making little sense and contradicting themselves within their comments, they embarrassed themselves.

  • David

    Netanyahu made a brilliant, reasonable and rational argument for Congress and the American people to stand up and demand that Obama not ram through an agreement with Iran, and if anything, that sanctions be tightened against until they give up their nuclear program and give up their aggression.

    Obama did everything he could to prevent Netanyahu from spilling the beans to the American people who are largely preoccupied with sports and entertainment. Not only did he engage in a full court press to prevent him from speaking, but he pressured the media not to cover the speech live and he arranged for Bibi to speak at a time which would mitigate against many people watching, including many of his fellow Democrats attending the speech.

    All of these failed efforts only prove what a big rasha Obama is, what an enemy of Israel and the Jews he is and finally, what an enemy of the US People he is. I only hope that no Jews vote or support the Democrats who refused to attend the speech.

    May I suggest that Jews boycott Bank Ing which helped Iran obtain Centerfuges with the fancy footwork of their Chicago bank manager Eichmann. This was the subject of a US Treasury Dept Investigation and Report which I read.

  • Tess

    The Hollywood elite proudly funded obama and his policies
    They care less about israel
    What they don’t realize is after Israel they will come to sunny LA
    There days will also be numbered

  • Horatio

    Why do Jewish-Democrat-activists continually diss others (and most of these ‘others’ are non-Jews) who support Israel? I get the feeling that a small cadre of really loud-mouthed Jews think they’re protecting themselves from discrimination by throwing Israelis under the bus. As for Pelosi and her characteristic hysterics: it’s useless to call her a bee-yatch, but were she a man and behaved like she did, well, she’d be called a P*tz. (Hoping Algemeiner doesn’t censore this.)

  • 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.