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