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James Zogby: Netanyahu's 'Political' Speech an Embarrassment for US

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 11:25 AM


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday was nothing more than a "campaign stop" intended to "embarrass the president and get (Netanyahu) elected in Israel," Arab-American Institute President James Zogby said Wednesday on "America’s Forum," where he derided both the invitation and the speech.

"If he were used car dealer, I would not buy a car from him," Zogby said on the Newsmax TV program. "He started off with a fib and that is — for those of you who think I'm here for something political, I'm not.

"It was totally political from the way it was arranged to the timing of it, which was set for prime time in Israel."

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Zogby went on to say that America’s image in the world will suffer "as a result of this display of subservience to a foreign leader. It was just embarrassing as an American. I was hurt. Hurt for my country."

The Obama administration and the rest of the world knows that Iran cannot be trusted and that a nuclear Tehran poses a grave threat. The challenge, according to Zogby, is figuring out how to deal with Iran.

"Every major power that we deal with in the world is involved in these negotiations," he said. "If John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu are telling us they don't trust the P5+1, they don’t' trust our major European allies who are in this negotiation process with us.

"They ought to come right out and say it. Tell us what they want. Do they want a war with Iran right now? Do they want America to get involved in a ground war in the Middle East again, which proved nothing the last time other than the fact that we did not have the resources to continue this fight indefinitely?"

The P5+1 is working to "contain and control that threat and ultimately to neuter it," Zogby said.

"But the process has to be allowed to continue. There is no bad deal; there is no deal at all. They're still negotiating.

"But two weeks before the Israeli election in prime time for an Israeli television audience, for John Boehner to invite him with Sheldon Adelson, who paid $100 million to get a front-row seat. That was embarrassing. That was embarrassing as an American."

The most compelling argument for why Iran would never use a nuclear weapon is that it could not harm Israel without also harming the Palestinians and allies in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and others, according to Zogby.

"That's the issue here," he said. "It is not a question of first use, it's a question of no use. There is no point to having a bomb other than for bragging rights that they're now like the macho guys in town who got a little toy that they can never use."

The nuclear negotiations are a hurdle to be cleared to get to the real issue: Iran’s involvement in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen, Zogby said, "and the threat they pose to the region as a whole because they were unleashed by a foolish war in Iraq."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress was nothing more than a "campaign stop" intended to "embarrass the president" and get Netanyahu "elected in Israel," Arab-American Institute President James Zogby said on Newsmax TV.
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