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Why three Minnesota lawmakers skipped Netanyahu’s speech

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Netanyahu’s speech being shown on television screens at an electronics store in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Richard Callahan on 03/04/2015 - 10:28 am.

    Klobuchar let us down

    I was surprised and appalled that Klobuchar attended this unprecedented partisan anti-Obama ploy. Kudos to the three lawmakers who had the sense to not participate.

    • Submitted by Tomas Mauser on 03/04/2015 - 08:25 pm.

      Why did some MN DFL lawmakers attend the Boehner and Bibi show?

      Very disappointing indeed. What were they thinking? In contrast, kudos to Al, Betty and Keith for demonstrating real political courage and sound judgment.

  2. Submitted by George Kafantaris on 03/04/2015 - 11:05 am.

    “Why are the U.S. and Israel so close?”

    The real damage Netanyahu did to Israel is that he prompted ordinary Americans to ask, “Why are the U.S. and Israel so close?”

  3. Submitted by John Evans on 03/04/2015 - 05:31 pm.

    Why not?

    I suggest Netanyahu offer to give up Israel’s nuclear arsenal and submit to the same intrusive inspections.

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/04/2015 - 09:07 pm.

    The answer to Senator Franken’s question

    Was simple and remarkable in it’s clarity. How much more clear could the Prime Minister have been?

    As for all the non-attendees, perhaps they should look up the term “common courtesy”. Why watch the speech on TV when invited (unlike millions of others who were not) to attend in person?

    • Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 03/05/2015 - 07:51 am.

      Common courtesy? Do you mean like not doing an end run around the sitting President of the United States by snubbing protocol and directly inviting another world leader to make an important political appearance?

      Yeah – that’s the level of “common courtesy” that should have been in play before this entire debacle ever even happened.

      • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/05/2015 - 10:11 pm.


        The President has an inkling as to how Congress feels about all of the recent executive actions (end arounds) that he has so graciously imposed, perhaps unconstitutionally.

        I do suppose that the Speaker could have asked the President to invite the Prime Minister to a joint session of Congress, but then there wouldn’t have been a speech given by the Prime Minister.

        • Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 03/06/2015 - 12:01 pm.

          Respect due the Office of the President of the United States.

          I know that’s a foreign concept to many Republicans when it comes to President Obama. But before you start to go complaining about any lack of reciprocal respect, remember that there IS a significant difference in being the one and only Head of State as compared to being one of many in an elected body of representatives.

          No U.S. citizen shouted “You lie!” at George Bush during any of his State of the Union addresses. Or on the deck of a warship or during any of his other speeches. And yet such treatment seems perfectly okay with Republicans when directed towards President Obama.

          We have only one President, he represents us in the eyes of the world, and that alone should be reason enough to follow the protocol due the office, no matter how much you or anyone else dislike the man.

  5. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 03/05/2015 - 09:57 am.

    Was Palestine ever mentioned; recognized by Bibi in his talk?

    For too many -myself included- history is too often, a well that has dried up… been forgotten, or initially in blind ignorance, never remembered; never explored.

    Dr Michael Welton (Axis of Logic online) has carefully defined a historical scenario that recognizes there is more than one side here that time and Israel conveniently forgot?

    “Can the Unspeakable be Spoken? The Problem of Israel in the Modern World?” by Dr Michael Welton, originally from wed. Feb 4, 2015

    WHAT IF:
    Welton’s words would have made a strong voice; echoes one could say, like the voice of the women, children and even the olive trees themselves torn from their roots; stirring up the ‘other’ story of the Palestinians and that documented death and destruction under the hands of the Israeli oppressions?

    Think of it, if congress had a voice to speak… if our silent congress/drones could have done a collaborative reading of that ‘other’ history using the words of this powerful historian who tells us what we care not, dare nor remember? Be it a lamentation like a murmur of dissent rising beyond the speaker’s podium…

    What if, these words;were spoken in tandem one by one congress rising too; congress voices emanating from so silent a body; rather than a congress doing nothing more than bowing ; clapping to Bibi’s arrogance?

    Too bad all those representatives just sat on their political assets and like trained monkeys…see no evil, hear no evil, speak on evil in the face of pompous voice from Israel doing his own selfie, his own promotional bag of…misinterpretations, half-truths; or no truths at all?

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