Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an election stop today at the House chamber before a joint meeting of the US Congress, less a few dozen Democratic lawmakers who boycotted his stump speech.
But those who showed up were in for a rollicking good time as the prime minister made his case opposing President Obama's proposed deal with Iran to contain its nuclear power ambitions.
Netanyahu thanked Obama for the ways he's backed Israel, and he said that much of the president's support may never be known. "But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support," Netanyahu said.
But then he got to his main point, that Iran's nuclear threat was just the latest example of a desire to destroy the Jewish people. Netanyahu warned that even if an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programs were put into place, Iran could still end up with nuclear weapons on a short time scale.
"This deal wouldn't be a farewell to arms, it would be a farewell to arms control," he said.
He wrapped up his speech with language about Israel not bowing down to threats to its existence. "The days when the Jewish people remain passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over," he said.
Meanwhile, the reaction on Twitter was fascinating, and we gathered some of the best tweets we saw that popped up before and during the address...
Shot glasses ready? It's the Bibi Congress Speech Drinking Game. NB not for lightweights. http://t.co/j3AFni6NFS http://t.co/DX9GCv84m1— Harriet Salem (@Harriet Salem)1425395706.0
Standing by for conservatives who say they love America & hate its government to say you're not allowed to feel that way about Israel.— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™)1425398907.0
Republicans in Congress cheer louder for leader of Israel than they did for the leader of the United States during the SOTU.— David Corn (@David Corn)1425399093.0
Shorter Bibi: I'm practically President now! Thanks Boehner!— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1425399160.0
Shorter Bibi: It was NEVER my intention to be a manipulative asshole. It just comes naturally.— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1425399190.0
Netanyahu's praise was just a false flag operation, suggested Ben Shapiro...
Netanyahu's praise for Obama demonstrates just how much Obama wants to slap Israel in the face. That's why he stacking the praise.— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1425399406.0
Shorter Bibi: Can you imagine how evil it would be for a leader to selectively persecute members of one faith?— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1425399898.0
So far Netanyahu has not used this dramatic speech to say anything he hasn't said before. #BibiSpeech— Gregg Carlstrom (@Gregg Carlstrom)1425400422.0
Literally much of what Netanyahu is saying about a possible deal is just lies.— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1425400467.0
The administration's basic problem with Netanyahu's speech will be his simple, flat assertion that a better deal could be negotiated,.— Gerald F Seib (@Gerald F Seib)1425401097.0
RT @JamesFallows: This part of the speech would be very relevant if the year were 1938.— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1425401344.0
So is Iran going to have a nuclear weapon by the end of 1996 or what?— man it’s a hot zone, (@man it’s a hot zone,)1425401951.0
So who's going to deliver the Democratic response? #NetanyahuSpeech— Eric Kleefeld (@Eric Kleefeld)1425402023.0