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The Roundup for March 3rd, 2015

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Mr. Netanyahu Goes To Washington

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress yesterday despite former Israeli generals and security advisers warning him not to do so

– President Barack Obama: Netanyahu did not provide any alternatives for the current P5+1-Iran negotiations

– An Iranian official dismissed Netanyahu’s speech and believed he is not really influential, while the country denounced the speech as full of lies

– Journalist Ali Abunimah explains to The Real News how Netanyahu likes to use very heated rhetoric highlighting how eager he is to appeal to the right

– Juan Cole: “The True Purpose of Netanyahu’s Trip to Washington

– As activist Jeff Halper explains to The Real News, Israelis do not consider Iran a major threat. Lawrence Wilkerson reiterates this point in his interview with The Real News 

– Meanwhile, some Israelis found Netanyahu’s speech good and inspiring; Sheep do not doubt their shephard

– Michael Arria: “What Rift? Five Times Netanyahu’s Speech Showed America’s Well on Board With His Dangerous Plans

– Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) felt Netanyahu’s speech was an “insult to the intelligence of the U.S.” and she felt sad after hearing it

– So let me get this straight. Netanyahu wants to warn Congress of Iran’s potential of nuclear weapons despite Israel having nuclear weapons of its own? Am I the only confused person?

International Politics

Overall

– Just to reiterate, violence does not solve violence. American policies pushing for the use of violence against terrorist groups do not work.

– Western countries warned Russia more sanctions would be implemented should they violate the Ukrainian ceasefire

Middle East

– The U.S., in terms of Syria, is now considering, again, a no-fly zone over the country.

– Meanwhile, France doubts U.N. efforts to stop fighting in Syria can actually happen

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting extremists

– Ali Abunimah: “For Palestinians, there is no Obama-Netanyahu rift

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.