Netanyahu's address to Congress, March 3, 2015

Bad deal? Netanyahu’s not alone!

Who else agrees with Netanyahu that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran is a bad deal?

Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015 laid bare dramatic gaps between his Israeli government and the Obama administration regarding Iran.

Netanyahu’s message to Congress was that a deal, in its current formation, would constitute a historic mistake.

The policy disagreement has resulted in what experts say is the greatest chasm between Washington and Jerusalem in decades.

Natanyahu's speech to Congress, March 2015

After Netanyahu’s address on March 3, 2015, publication A ran an article by Mr. A, the editor-in-chief of its English website titled “President Obama, listen to Netanyahu on Iran.”

Faisal J. AbbasMr. A wrote: “…one must admit, Bibi [referencing Netanyahu by his nick name] did get it right, at least when it came to dealing with Iran.”

“The Israeli PM managed to hit the nail right on the head when he said that Middle Eastern countries are collapsing and that “terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, are filling in the vacuum” wrote Mr. A.

“In just a few words, Mr. Netanyahu managed to accurately summarize a clear and present danger, not just to Israel (which obviously is his concern), but to other U.S. allies in the region”.

“What is absurd, however, is that despite this being perhaps the only thing that brings together [these two peoples*] (as it threatens them all), the only stakeholder that seems not to realize the danger of the situation is President Obama, who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [referring to the supreme leader of Iran] (although, the latter never seems to write back!)” wrote Mr. A


Netanyahu's address to Congress, March 3, 2015
Netanyahu’s address to Congress, March 3, 2015.

In a separate article published one day prior to Netanyahu’s speech in publication B that was reported on by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), columnist Mr. B supported Netanyahu’s decision to speak at the US Congress against a nuclear deal with Iran.

“I will conclude by saying the following: Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the US’s longtime allies in the Gulf…” said Mr. B, “I am very glad of Netanyahu’s firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration’s anger and fury”. Mr. B went on to conclude, “I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents.” 


Publication A is the Saudi Al Arabiya and Mr. A is Faisal J. Abbas, the Editor-in-Chief of its English website.

Publication B is the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah and Mr. B is its columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj.

Newspapers in Saudi Arabia are subsidized and regulated by the government. The “Basic Law” of the kingdom states that the media’s role is to educate and inspire national unity, consequently most popular grievances go unreported in Saudi Arabia. As of 2013, BBC news reports that criticism of the government and royal family and the questioning of Islamic tenets “are not generally tolerated. Self-censorship is pervasive.” As of 2014, Freedom House rates the kingdom’s press and internet “Not Free”.

Thus, you may correctly infer that the above ‘opinions’ are fully supported by the Saudi Arabia’s government.

*[these two peoples] was originally referred to by Mr. A as “Arabs and Israelis”.

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