Instant analysis: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu did a very good job. He connected with the members of Congress. There was applause more than 50 times, half of those standing ovations.
Netanyahu moved the debate where it needs to go: to the threat posed by Iran, the sponsor of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Assad’s Syria, a jihadi regime working overtime to acquire nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.
He then went on to emphasize that he and other Israelis are willing to accept a Palestinian state. It is acceptance of a Jewish state by Palestinians and other Arabs that is lacking. In such a circumstance, how can there be progress toward peace? As Netanyahu said, to loud applause (and with President Obama clearly in mind), peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated. And Israel does not have a negotiating partner. Hamas remains committed to Israel’s extermination. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will not even sit down and talk with Israelis face to face.