He didn’t mince any words.
“We have been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well this is a bad deal. It is a very bad deal. We are better off without it,” Netanyahu said, building a case that Iran was not just bent on developing nuclear weapons but was determined to “gobble” up defenseless countries in a wider play for dominance in the Middle East.
“We are being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That is just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal,” Netanyahu said to deafening cheers in the House of Representatives chamber, while issuing a firm warning that Israel would stand alone if necessary to defend the existence of the Jewish people.
I was able to listen to the entire speech live. It was remarkable on several fronts. First, the content of the speech was downright scary and put the issue squarely in front of the listener. Iran’s actions supporting terrorists, support of violent jihad, and history of lying and violating previous agreements are well documented. The Iranian leaders are not to be trusted and Netanyahu clearly explained why the deal terms being proposed are potentially disastrous to the safety of the world. This could not be more true:
“…the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.”
The second aspect of the speech that was truly stunning was the pure moral clarity it conveyed. We all heard something that has been missing from our American politicians for quite some time. There was only one leader of the free world in Washington D.C. today, and he wasn’t in the White House.