Monday, March 5, 2012

Summary - Netanyahu Speech To AIPAC

Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to AIPAC this evening was, as expected, a crystallized case for preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

With the most receptive crowd the Prime Minister will likely address all year, Netanyahu was folksy with the crowd, commenting that Iran's claims were "chutzpah" and making jokes about the Iranian regime "walking, talking, and looking like a duck...a nuclear duck."

The Prime Minister also thanked President Obama and reiterated that there were no disagreements on Iran between his and the Obama administration.  The speech was non-confrontational towards the Obama administration and significantly to the center of comments earlier in the evening by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  

In a dramatic moment, the Prime Minister showed the audience letters to the Jewish Agency from the US government stating that it would not attack the tracks leading to the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.  He then remarked that while the US government is different now, so too are the Jewish people, and linked the anecdote to a Jewish state which is and must be able to defend itself.

The Prime Minister concluded his speech by invoking the Purim story, as many other speakers have done from the AIPAC stage.  He spoke for a total of 30 minutes.