Op-Ed: Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, a man viewed as a war criminal by many following a deadly summer killing civilians in Gaza, addressed the US Congress Tuesday to rapturous applause.
His speech was also intermittently interrupted by loud applause but his country has lost a great deal of western support after a shameful summer of bombarding women, children, the sick and the elderly in Gaza.
Israel had no sooner ended its summer operation, called Operation Protective Edge by Israel, than it began pushing Gaza further into a corner and grabbing land.
Netanyahu's appearance at Congress may appeal to the right-wing of the USA and other Americans it was a slap in the face for US President Barack Obama. It was also a break with protocol as Netanyahu is facing an election at home in the coming weeks.
He attended memorial services in France following the Charlie Hebdo killings even though he was not wanted. Attempts by Francois Hollande to persuade Netanyahu not to attend fell on deaf ears.
While in France he promised Jewish people living in Europe a home in Israel if they wanted to up sticks and move.
With Israel overcrowded fit to burst the conclusion has to be more land grabs from Palestinians would follow.
The Israeli PM was addressing Congress however to try to ensure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons; weapons that Israel has in good supply. "The US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China are seeking to reach agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief."
The day was splattered with huge doses of hypocrisy from the man making the speech and those doling out applause.
As US Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama try to broker a nuclear agreement Netanyahu warned America and the world of the threat they pose.
He spoke to congress for around 45 minutes but as BBC News reports "Following the speech, US President Barack Obama told reporters he had seen "nothing new" in the speech transcript. "On the core issue, which is how to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon which would make it far more dangerous, the prime minister did not offer any viable alternatives," he said." The rift between Washington and Israel has widened. You can watch the footage below and decide for yourself.
All we see is a man politicising every opportunity; breaking rules and protocol; speaking about the Nazis when Israeli actions last summer are viewed by some as war crimes.
A man trying to block a deal and in doing so interfering in another country's politics.
A desperate man who sits on a huge stock pile of weapons but like a greedy child hogging sweets wants to keep them all to himself.
Perhaps Iran does pose a threat to world peace; there is no doubt that Israel does.