Addressing AIPAC today, and getting ready to make a speech to Congress Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted he meant “no disrespect” to President Obama in coming to the US to openly try to undermine his diplomatic efforts.
Tensions are clearly continuing to rise, as Netanyahu claims Iran’s “tentacles of terror” are enveloping the whole world while the US stands idle, and as Obama continues to support diplomacy.
Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech, like so many of his speeches in recent years, centered on trying to compare Iran to Nazi Germany, and claiming that not a day goes by he doesn’t worry about Israel being wiped off the map in some way or other.
Top Obama aide Susan Rice, who addressed AIPAC, defended the diplomtic process, saying Netanyahu’s position of opposition to any deal is “not a viable position” from which to hold talks.
The Israel Lobby has been attacking Rice vociferously, with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach running an ad over the weekend in the New York Times accusing her of supporting genocide for criticizing Netanyahu.