If you haven’t seen it already, I urge you to see the whole speech by Bibi Netanyahu to the Congress today (scroll down a bit for the video).
There wasn’t one false note, and not one iota of apologetics. He clearly expressed Israel’s friendship and gratitude to the United States, he congratulated the American people on killing Bin Laden, he stressed the common values of democracy that we share, and he pointed out that the 1 million Arabs living in Israel enjoy more rights than the other 300 million Arabs in the Middle East.
In addition he expressed Israel’s positions on the peace process:
1) The reason there has not been peace in the Middle East is because the Arabs will not recognize a Jewish state.
2) Jerusalem will never be divided again, and will be the capital of Israel.
3) We will never go back to the pre-1967 borders, even after a peace agreement, although Israel will be willing to negotiate swapping of territory.
4) We will never accept the Arab refugees into Israel, they will need to be absorbed by the Arab countries.
5) We must have control over the Jordan Valley.
6) We will not sit down at the negotiating table with Hamas, which is the equivalent of Al-Qaeda.
In addition to these points, he said something that no other Prime Minister has ever said, especially in such a public forum. He said that the Jews living in Yehuda and Shomron (Judea and Samaria) are NOT occupiers, but we are living in our ancestral homeland.
The warm reception in Congress was overwhelming. There were so many standing ovations that I stopped counting.
In a way it is ironic, but the fact that the current American president is so anti-Israel has been the best thing to happen in a while, in terms of making our Prime Minister state the facts so clearly.