Bibi’s Speech To Congress Backfires As Netanyahu’s Popularity Crashes In US And Israel

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Polls released in the United States and Israel on March 11, 2015 tell the same story in two different countries. Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress has backfired on the Israeli Prime Minister in a spectacular way. In the United States, a Gallup Poll, conducted from March 5-8, finds that Bibi’s popularity has dropped considerably since his address to Congress.

In February, a Gallup survey found 45 percent of Americans held a favorable view of Netanyahu, compared to 24 percent who viewed him unfavorably. After his speech to Congress, Netanyahu’s favorable rating dropped to 38 percent. His unfavorable numbers climbed to 29 percent. Overall, that represents a 12 percentage point decline in his favorable to unfavorable spread.

U.S. Republicans still have an overwhelmingly favorable image of Netanyahu, even after his warmongering speech before Congress. In fact, with Republicans, Bibi’s popularity rose slightly from a (60-17) to a (62-16) margin. However, Democrats were turned off by the bellicose speech, and by Bibi’s cozy relationship with Congressional Republicans.  With Democrats, Netanyahu’s popularity cratered from neutral (32-32) in February, to overwhelmingly negative in March (17-46).

If Bibi and Congressional Republicans had planned his speech to win over support from Americans, the propaganda ploy flopped badly. While he gained an incremental 3-point jump in popularity from Republicans, the trade-off was losing a net 29 points in his approval rating from Democrats.

As a re-election ploy back home, the gambit also appears to have failed. 35,000 Israeli citizens took to the streets of Tel Aviv, in an “Israel wants change” public protest against Netanyahu after his address to the U.S. Congress.  While large public protests do not always signify that a political leader is in jeopardy, a series of recent polls find Netanyahu losing support as well.

Bibi’s right-leaning Likud Party, which was deadlocked with Isaac Herzog’s center-left Zionist Union Party in February polls, is now losing ground. An Israel Army radio poll projects Herzog’s slate to win 24 seats in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) to Likud’s 21 seats. A Channel 2 poll conducted on Tuesday put the totals as 25 to 21 in favor of the Zionist Union over Likud. The polls both show Bibi’s support declining from his February numbers.

Because the Knesset contains 120 total seats, Netanyahu’s Party could still cobble together a ruling coalition even if they garner fewer votes than the Zionist Union. However, Bibi’s dwindling popularity opens the possibility that he will be defeated at the polls, and possibly even ousted as Israel’s Prime Minister.

When Congressional Republicans bypassed the President of the United States to have Bibi speak before the Congress, they believed they had crafted an ingenious plan to weaken the President and to boost Netanyahu’s image in the U.S. and in Israel. Although Republicans gushed and fawned over the Israeli Prime Minister’s hawkish speech, the address didn’t go over well with most Americans, or with the people back home in Israel.

The foreign policy amateurs in the GOP, and their bellicose hero, Prime Minister Netanyahu, may have enjoyed their childish political theater. However, for Americans and Israelis who want their leaders to take security seriously, the Bibi traveling road show flopped. Netanyahu’s poll numbers in both the U.S. and Israel demonstrate how poorly the speech was received by the general public. There can be no question that it backfired. The only question that remains is if the backlash will be strong enough to remove Bibi from office altogether. For the sake of peace in the Middle East, let’s hope so.

43 Replies to “Bibi’s Speech To Congress Backfires As Netanyahu’s Popularity Crashes In US And Israel”

  1. ‘United States Senators Demand the US is Incapable and not to be Trusted With Negotiations’ .. These are the Generic overseas headlines being ran right now around much of the world, including some countries who are in the discussions with the US….. So heartbreaking,..

    What in Heavens name were these 47 United States Senators thinking when they decided it would be wise to do this to our country?

    To write a letter to another country to warn them that their country dealing with the Executive Office of the United States is not in their nations best interests, is complete and utter treason by any reasonable standard I can come up with.

    They are seemingly unhinged and possibly will be even more dangerous in the next sophomoric stunt they are certain to pull if not reigned in.

    I’ve never been so politically disgusted in my life..,. I’m so mad I could spit..

  2. If there is a country or political process that I would worry about for having a Political Leader staying in power after his time has expired. It would be Bibi and his ilk. I can see a ‘terrorist’ attack in Israel and Netanyahu enforces Martial Law to stay in power.

  3. take the bust of Churchill back to israel, Bibi. But dear ol Winston never intended Israel to have a nuclear defense.

  4. I guess these assholes will never learn not to fuck with Obama. BY the end of his time as President the right will swear that he’s the devil because Obama’s given them so much hell.

  5. I hope so too, Keith.

    Unfortunately, I was wrong about Bebe and Boehner canceling the speech.

    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid may have made a deal with Boehner on that for funding for DHS though.

    However, if Netty is ousted, as I stated on here before, the President just may have the last laugh on all of them after all.

  6. After the Likud party is tossed out of the Kanessed and Bibi Naziyahho is tossed out on his ass the U.S. should deport all Congressional republicans to Israel since that is where their patriotism, and loyalties lie.

  7. The Republican backed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu comes out saying that the USA must do more than just impose sanctions on Iran. That not going to war with Iran would be worse than letting them build nuclear weapons. Due to computer virus intrusions by the United States and its European allies into the Iranian nuclear computer programming, the confirmed deaths and defections of nuclear scientists, Iran’s ability to create nuclear weapon technology has been rendered useless for many years if not decades to come. Giving the sanctions against Iran time to diminish the influence of it’s government over the good people of Iran. Netanyahu says this is not a political ploy to get anyone elected. If you honestly believe that…well….kiss Republicans ass and call yourself stupid. If we allow ourselves not to believe this, then there is only one other reason. Religious indifference and intolerance.
    Iran is in the European communities backyard….not ours.

  8. I don’t get it. Sure, no nuclear weapons, but they’re unusable by anyone in the middle east because the radioactive fall out would kill their own people as well as their “enemy”. Israel has nukes but wouldn’t dare use them against Iran or anyone else in the region. If there is a security threat, it is limiting the development of ICBM missiles that could reach Europe or the U.S. or Russia or China. Having nukes is a no-no, but the real threat is having a delivery system.

    Why are we focussed on the wrong end of the stick?

  9. They, the #47traitors, want a war in/with Iran on behest of Bibi, and by extension Israel, and of course for their own pocketbooks. They were thinking of all the money to be made if such a war could be orchestrated. Think Dick Cheney.

    I hope Obama can reach a diplomatic solution/agreement with the Iranian leaders. Besides the #47traitors, I do not know a soul who wants to see this country go back into a war. We are still paying heavily for the two wars started in the Dubya Administration. We’ve lost enough of our young fighting wars overseas so that our military industrial complex can send huge profits to their stockholders.

  10. That was the lowest down dirty thing REP party could do to the Executive Office in the United States. They all should face the firing stode,

  11. While we won’t know the results of this election until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, we can all hope that it involves a not so fond farewell to Benny and his right wing cronies.
    It would be really nice to have an Israeli government that is willing to negotiate peace with its neighbors.
    But, whatever happens, that is their choice. If they choose to reelect the Republican Senator from Tel Aviv, we will just have to live with it -but, so will the Israelis.

  12. I also hopes he loses. Netanyahu is living in the past. Israel needs to start living in the present. They need to get their economic off a war footing. They need to really deal with the Palestinians, and their Arab neighbors. Now would be a good time, because the whole area is in turmoil. Israel would have the chance to forge a new course as a good neighbor. With Netanyahu, it will be war, war, war.

  13. Charles Pierce sounds the alarm

    The Republican party is a mechanism for the subversion of the federal republic. It doesn’t matter if the party’s stars are doing it to please The Base, or because they don’t know any better, or because they think it’s the right thing to do. They are actively working to undermine the American union.

    The Party of Confederate Traitors, hell-bent on turning our country into Kochistan.


  15. Ding, ding, ding.. Corker (R-TN) chair foreign relation committee, blame Pres. Obama, because he threaten to veto any bill that would sabotage negotiation with Iran. Oh yea, he wouldn’t abdicate his executive authority to them (the hillbillies):

    In 4 minutes Sec. Kerry schooled Rubio on U.S. foreign policy:

  16. I think where Bibi, Boehner, Dermer, and the 47 GOP/TP Senators who signed the letter to Iran made their biggest mistake was in ignoring the support PBO has among Jewish Americans. This was a very stupid, and avoidable, mistake. They’ve been listening to the likes of Singer, Adelson, and Kristol who speak as if they’re the “voice” for all Jewish Americans. Now that the GOP/TPers and Bibi are on the ropes in regard to foreign policy, we need to keep them there. We need to keep Twitter lit up, our Facebook pages focused on this major f*ckup, and use all other social media to keep this in the spotlight. It’s what they would do. We should use Twitter to push back on the MSM and get on their talking heads’ butts to pursue this matter and find out the name of every individual who is behind it. We already know some of their names, but I’d like to know all of them, and we should blasted them all on social media, make their names trend.

  17. It would be in Israel’s best interest to have a new Prime Minister. Mr. Netanyahu has thrown roadblocks up at all peace initiatives since he’s been Prime Minister. He continues building settlements knowing full well that they are an impediment to peace. He really needs to go.

  18. Again it’s the dog wagging the tail. The Daily Show had some good excerpts of previous Bibi speeches. Like when he told us to invade Iraq because toppling Saddam would be like tipping dominoes and Iran would eventually fall.

    And wow, we went right out and attacked Iran!

    And wow, Iran got stronger.

    Whoda thunk it.

  19. The 47 who pulled this evil stunt, should be on their knees saying thank you, to the very country that has laws, that protect them from being in front of a firing squad or from a noose. In many country’s they would be dead or on the list to be dead…..Oh btw all work for this Gov. all are paid by this Gov. all will get medical and a great retirement from this Gov.all are traitors!

  20. P.M. NetanYahoo’s ploy will backfire. Now if we can just get the Palestinians to stop attacking Israel…

  21. Cotton passed this stupid seditious letter around the table at the Republican Senators’ weekly luncheon.
    I wonder how many martinis the frat boys had consumed?[WINK]
    McCain’s excuse was that everybody was hurrying to leave town because of a threatening snowstorm but they still had time for lunch?

  22. In reply to the Netanyahu speech, the Lord gave me the following prophetic message to share. (Due to space limitations, the message will be continued in following comments):

    Israel Will Stand Alone If She Continues Oppressing Her Neighbors! (Part 1)

    “The leader of Israel leads his people astray; promising that his policies will lead to peace, when there will be no peace.

    “You have greatly misled this people, saying to your people, you shall have peace, when violence is near at hand.

    “Distress, panic, and destruction shall come, and the people of Israel shall seek peace, but there shall be no peace.

    “Hear this, you ruler of Israel: You abhor and reject justice and pervert all equity. You have built up the nation of Israel by shedding innocent blood, boasting that no evil can come upon you.”

    (continued in next comment)

  23. Israel Will Stand Alone If She Continues Oppressing Her Neighbors! (Part 2)

    “Your talk is filled with lies and plans for violence. Every finger on your hands is covered with blood. You falsely accuse your neighbors and tell lies about them. You don’t know how to live in peace or to be fair with your neighbors.

    “Israel, your leaders use their power to murder, and to cheat foreigners, orphans, and widows.

    “I will send armies to attack you, just as you fear. You will be punished by foreign enemies. I will judge you at the borders of Israel, and you will be killed in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

    “You must not move your neighbor’s boundary markers. Cursed is anyone who moves a neighbor’s boundary markers.

    “You are wicked for moving your neighbor’s boundary stones and for violently taking away their land. You drive away the orphan and the widows. You push the needy off their land and force them to live in cramped areas.


  24. Israel Will Stand Alone If She Continues Oppressing Her Neighbors! (Part3)

    “The arrogance and self-reliance of Israel testifies against them. Israel’s leaders move boundary stones and take land that is not theirs, so I will flood them with my anger.

    “Stop treating your neighbors with injustice, and set the oppressed free!

    “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of God to avoid the reproach of your Gentile enemies?

    “Give back to them immediately their lands, vineyards, olive groves and houses, as well as the money you have made from using their land.

    “Do not mistreat or abuse the foreigners who live among you. Do not mistreat their widows or orphans. If you do, they will beg for my help, and I will come to their rescue. In fact, I will get so angry that I will kill you with violence. Your wives shall be widows and your children will be orphans.

    (continued in next comment)

  25. Israel Will Stand Alone If She Continues Oppressing Her Neighbors! (Part 4)

    “Administer justice every morning; stop oppressing your neighbors or my wrath will break out and burn like fire. I am against you, Israel, you who say, “Who can come against us?” I will punish you as your deeds deserve, declares the Lord.

    “You are unfaithful children, but you belong to me. Come home! Then I’ll appoint wise rulers who will obey me.

    “Your neighbors are a people you have plundered and looted. You have trapped them and hidden them away as though they were in prison. All they owned you have taken away and you have not been willing to give it back. Send them back to their land and restore all you have taken away!

    “People of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed. Israel will stand alone if she continues oppressing her neighbors!

    (concluded in next comment)

  26. Israel Will Stand Alone If She Continues Oppressing Her Neighbors! (conclusion)

    “The Lord has shown the leaders of Israel what will take place in the future. Change your policies of war and oppression!

    “So listen to my message, you rulers of Israel, you who hate justice and twist the truth; because if you do not hear and repent, your nation will be left in ruins.


    Karl Steven Keene; March 4, 2015; Moorhead, MN

  27. The history of 20th century foreign policy – from the Truman doctrine and to Ronald Reagan’s policy of sending arms to nations controlled by the Soviet Union – was a policy of engagement and diplomacy in our national interests. Throughout the Cold War, the United States had an organized strategy and consistent foreign policy to defeat the Soviet Union. All presidents during the Cold War understood that military aggression would only make the conflict worse, but diplomacy had to be on our terms and in t

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