Democrats Are Lying About Netanyahu and ‘No Alternatives’

John Yarmuth

It does not matter whether they attended the speech, boycotted the speech, or read the transcript of the speech. Democrats, surprised by how convincing Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday turned out to be, have simply decided to lie about it.

Netanyahu said “we should give up on any diplomatic path,” according to Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA). He suggested that “war is the best way” to prevent a nuclear war, according to Rep. Jim. McDermott (D-WA). He failed to provide “viable alternatives,” according to President Barack Obama.

None of that is true, as the transcript shows.

Netanyahu made a simple, diplomatic proposal: give up on a “bad” deal, and try for a “better” deal. And if all else fails, the State of Israel will attack Iran to stop its nuclear program–with or without U.S. involvement, but clearly with U.S. support.

Netanyahu proposed: “A better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short break-out time. A better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in place until Iran’s aggression ends.”

That meant, in turn, meeting three demands: “first, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East; second, stop supporting terrorism around the world; and third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel–the one and only Jewish state.”

What Netanyahu is proposing is basic common sense. It is consistent with the historic policy of the United States–that is, until the Obama administration. That is why Democrats are lying so frenetically about the speech. They are ashamed.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), for example, claimed that Netanyahu believed “the only acceptable deal was a perfect deal, or an ideal deal.”

In fact, Netanyahu said explicitly that Israel was prepared to compromise, to a point, arguing that a “better deal” would probably be one “that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally.”

Democrats are lying, betting on the ignorance of the American people–and, it must be said, on old, ugly prejudices of Jewish control.


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