Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 3. Behind him are House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Photo: BILL O’LEARY / Washington Post)

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Published 4:39 pm – Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Photo: BILL O’LEARY / Washington Post

Nancy Pelosi was near tears. After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday, the House minority leader sent out a press release informing the media, “I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States” and “saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran.”

Wags lampoon House Speaker John Boehner for getting teary eyed too readily — and rightly so. So why would the San Francisco Democrat outdo the GOP leader by announcing that she was getting all blubbery because she didn’t like Netanyahu’s tone? What next? Will Pelosi issue statements that tell us Vladimir Putin is getting on her nerves?

Bibi’s speech gave a strong reason not to trust the deal being negotiated with Tehran. Not a single nuclear facility would be destroyed. Inspectors document violations — they cannot stop them.

Yes, Boehner was cheeky to invite the Israeli leader to address Congress without White House approval. But then, the White House overreacted by getting all pouty and repeatedly telling the media that Netanyahu’s visit, coming so close to Israel’s March 17 election, was too political. This may be looked at as the moment the Obama White House walked Democrats to the cliff.

Rather than douse the flames, Obamaland kept ramping up the spat. Vice President Joe Biden decided not to show up. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Dems to balance the GOP invitation. When Netanyahu declined, they charged that Netanyahu was too political. Suddenly, Dems see politics as a dirty word.

Last month, the big story was how Republicans foolishly got sucked into votes that threatened to defund the Department of Homeland Security. Some pundits weren’t sure whether to heap scorn or pity on Boehner for failing to herd his caucus. The wound, after all, was self-inflicted.

Now Boehner has overseen the passage of a “clean” DHS funding bill, while Democrats are in a hot seat of their own making. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., chose to boycott the speech. If she runs for president in 2016, pro-Israel voters should know they’ll always have friends in the Republican Party.

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