Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke for nearly 50 minutes to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. He received 26 standing ovations.  We will have lots of analysis on in the minutes and hours ahead. What did you think?

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12:07: Netanyahu concludes to standing ovation. “May God bless you and may God forever bless the United States of America.”

12:07: Netanyahu to Abbas: “Tear up your pact with Hamas….Make peace with the Jewish state.”

12:06: Netanyahu reaffirms Hamas is the Palestinian version of al Qaeda.

12:05: “Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction and terrorism….Hamas’ leader condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden and praised him as a holy warrior.”

12:05: “Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated.” Netanyahu urges all to resist Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations this September.

12:o3: “There is an America beyond the beltway but Israel on the 1967 lines would be only 9 miles wide. So much for strategic depth. It’s therefore absolutely vital that a Palestinian state be fully demilitarized…and that Israel maintain a long-term military presence along the Jordan river.”

12:o1: “In the Middle East, the only peace that can hold is a peace you can defend. Peace must be anchored in security.”

12:oo: Jerusalem must remain the united capitol of Israel.”

11:58: Netanyahu says Israel will incorporate certain new population centers and “other areas of national strategic importance.”  This is likely a veiled reference to areas Israel has a keen security interest in, chief among them the Jordan Valley.  The future of the Jordan Valley, and whether it would be under permanent Palestinian or Israeli security control, has long been a source of tension and disagreement.

11:57: “Israel will be generous on size of the state, but very firm on where we put the border with it.”

– Disturbance in House chamber during Netanyahu’s speech by Deirdre Walsh: A woman was removed from the House Chamber by U.S Capitol Police Tuesday after interrupting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a  joint meeting of Congress. Police escorted her out of the chamber and she was heard screaming “equal rights for Palestine” loudly on the third floor of the Capitol outside the chamber. She also yelled, “The occupation of Palestine is indefensible.” U.S. Capitol Police appear to be taking her out of the building for processing

11:55: Netanyahu says the issue is about recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

11:53: Calls on Mahmoud Abbas to stand before his people and say, “‘I will accept a Jewish state.’ Those six words will change history.”

11:53: “The continue to educate their kids to hate….They continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees. My friends, this must come to an end.”

11:51: “The Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it. Our conflict has never been about the existence of a Palestinian state. It is about the existence of a Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about.” Netanyahu laying blame for lack of peace at the feet of the Palestinians.

11:51: “If benefits of peace are so clear, why has peace eluded us?”

11:50: “Peace could make the regime of a broader Arab-Israeli peace a realistic possibility.”

11:47: “In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. We are not the British in India. We are not the Belgians in the Congo. This is the land of our forefathers.” Acknowledges Israel will have to give up elements of “historic homeland.”

11:46: Calls for economic and political support for those committed to peace – Egypt and Jordan. “We must also find a way to forge a lasting peace with the Palestinians.”

11:43: Netanyahu now turns to peace, drawing on his own background. “I lost my brother, so no one in Israel wants a return to those terrible days.”

11:42: “The more Iran believes all options are on the table, the less the chance of confrontation.”

11:41: “History will solute you, America!” says Netanyahu.

11:40: “In much of the international community, calls for our destruction are met with utter silence. It’s even worse because their are many who condemn Israel for defending itself against Iran’s terror proxies. Not you. Not America.”

11:37: Case against Iran: (a) spur nuclear arms race; (b) give terrorists a nuclear umbrella; and (c) empower nuclear terrorism. “Threat to my country cannot be overstated.”

11:36: Says democracy has begun to take root in the Arab World. Says a Middle East that is genuinely democratic will be truly at peace. “But while we work for the best…we must also recognize that powerful forces oppose this future….Foremost among these forces is Iran.”

11:34: “Of 300 million Arabs, less than 1/2 of 1% are truly free and they’re all citizens of Israel. This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is right about the Middle East.”

11:33: Quotes George Eliot, who predicted “‘The Jewish state will shine like a bright star of freedom amidst the despotism of the East.’ She was right.”

11:31: “Today, the Middle East stands at a fateful crossroads… I pray the people of the region choose…the path of liberty.”

11:30: Netanyahu says “This is real democracy” because unlike “farcical parliaments” in Tehran or Tripoli, there is no such free speech. Very strong riposte to the protester.

11:29: Someone in the audience shouts and interrupts the PM’s speech. The audience rises and cheers to drown her out.

11:28: Netanyahu is now addressing the Arab Spring, saying it evokes 1989 Berlin and Prague.

11:27am: Thanks President Obama for his commitment to Israel. Making the case for why America is Israel’s best ally.

11:27am: “We defend ourselves.” Netanyahu is delivering a number of punchy applause-lines.

11:26am: “Israel has always been pro-American; Israel will always be pro-American.”

11:25am: Netanyahu congratulates President Obama for getting bin Laden. “Good riddance.”

11:24am: “Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel.” Again a standing ovation.

11:24am: Netanyahu notes friends of Israel in the audience, “Democrats and Republicans alike.” This gets a standing ovation.

11:23am: Netanyahu begins address saying he’s “deeply moved by this warm welcome” and by the honor of addressing Congress a second time.

11:22am: Speaker Boehner introduces Netanyahu to sustained applause.

11:21am: Netanyahu is at the podium.

11:20am: Netanyahu enters to sustained applause. U.S. Rep Eric Cantor follows.

11:17am: Secretary Clinton and Gates are not in the audience. CNN’s Dana Bash says not to read into that.

11:12am: Here’s some of what to watch for in the speech:

– What does Netanyahu say about the Palestinians? About Mahmoud Abbas? About Hamas?

– What does he say about President Obama, the ’67 lines and swaps?

– What does he say about  Iran?

– What does he say about the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood in September?

– How does he explain why peace hasn’t come to pass?

11:07am: Vice President Joe Biden also introducing members of Congress.

11:06am: Speaker John Boehner is speaking now introducing members of Congress.


On May 12, 2011 Twitpic changed its Terms & Conditions to enable the photo and image uploading website to sell your uploaded photography to whomever it wants without compensating you. Legally, you retain the copyright(s) to your imagery, but Twitpic can reap a healthy profit on your photography.


There is now every indication Twitpic intended this all along, and willfully lured millions of subscribers into uploading tens of millions of images to the site with the express purpose of quietly changing their Terms & Conditions in order to legally empower them to benefit from the work of others. In short, Twitpic has created one of the largest stock photography databases in the world and is now selling those images to third parties.

This is the new face of Social Media. We’ve endured these abuses from Facebook and Google, and now Twitpic.  Remember Facebook? It now seems they “accidentally” leaked private information (email, other things) of only 500 million of its user to hungry advertisers who wanted it in the first place. 500 million people—that still qualifies as an accident, doesn’t it?

And Google? This company, right alongside the U.S. government (TSA for example), wholeheartedly believes the concept of “privacy” and in a particularly vulgar sense “private property” (here meaning your computer at home) are antiquated pre-colonial superstitions that—let’s face it—have no real practical value in the 21st century.  Google’s motto “do no evil” seems to be a standard by which everyone else is to live, not them. Further, I am quite certain Google’s definition of “evil” would natrually exclude anything they do, and only applies to obsolete articles of the dusty documents like our Bill of Rights—petty stuff like that.

Remember, these are only the trespasses we know about.  There is always some socialist-communist-fascist-theocratic-corporate-irreligious sect in the world that views any human achievement in the areas of primordial law (the Ten Commandments), genuine brotherly love (the New Testament),  restraint of kingly abuses (Magna Carta), perfected balance of social institutions (the executive-legislative-judicial proposed in the Constitution of the United States), ennumeration of human rights (American Bill of Rights), rights of the accused (Miranda warning), rights and rules of humane warfare (Geneva Convention), the promise of corporations (equitable terms and conditions) and even the law (whichever one you are working with at the moment) as belonging to some savage yester-year—superstitious aspirations that should be cast off for more effectual, dictatorial, and enslaving bonds.  All these things I just mentioned are despised by the very people who crave dominion over you more entirely.  We are saved by the written word, not imprisoned by them.  The wisdom of former men and messiahs set us free, not chain us to the old despotic horrors that have wrecked nations from time immemorial.

The natural impulse of people to communicate with friends, family and even strangers, along with our inherent need for communion with our fellow Man is being sinisterly manipulated by corporations who are strategizing day-by-day to profit off your labors, and our trust.

It is my fervent hope a Class Action lawsuit impoverishes Twitpic. They are just another social media company that has betrayed the trust of its users.  This is all we can expect from them apparently.

This is our America now.

We live in a deception-drenched, corporate oligarchy suffocating us with invasive advertising and bait-and-switch promises.

I have no way of punishing Twitpic, or its founder Noah Everett, for being yet another fine-print abusing, civilization-darkening, underhanded hope-dasher other than to stop using their service.

I encourage you to do the same.