As Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress, delivering a speech on how to deal with Iran, some Americans made it clear on Twitter that the Israeli Prime Minister doesn’t speak for them.
Prior to his visit, Netanyahu said that he was delivering his message to Washington as an “emissary of the entire Jewish people.” Some, however, begged to differ.
Using the hashtag #BiBiDoesntSpeakforMe, referencing the Prime Minister’s nickname, people began to weigh in.
— Heather Coleman (@heatherclimate) March 3, 2015
Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress was controversial from the moment he was invited to speak by House Speaker John Boehner. Netanyahu is currently seeking re-election in Israel. The State Department was reportedly not informed in advance of Boehner’s invitation and the administration said the invitation was against protocol.
While Netanyahu went out of his way to praise President Barack Obama, it has long been clear that the relationship between the two leaders is severely strained. (Obama, along with several other Democratic politicians, did not attend the speech.)
And some who rallied under the hashtag were vocal about their solidarity with the President.
Sorry Bibi, I stand with my country, my people, and my Commander in Chief. #BibiDoesntSpeakForMe
— Ryan Betz (@rBetz13) March 3, 2015
#BibiDoesntSpeakForMe. President Obama does.
— David Holtz (@dholtz) March 3, 2015
“I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy,” said Netanyahu during his address to Congress. “I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.”
— Steven Strauss (@Steven_Strauss) March 3, 2015
Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, but its government does not speak for all of the Jewish people. #BibiDoesntSpeakForMe
— Robbie Medwed (@rjmedwed) March 3, 2015
Ugh I hate when I open my mouth and the voice of a radical man comes out. #BibiDoesntSpeakForMe
— MaggieCaroline (@MaggieCaroline1) March 3, 2015
No deal period. And he thinks that will stop Iran’s nuclear development. #BibiDoesntSpeakForMe
— Karoli (@Karoli) March 3, 2015
Though not everyone was opposed to the leader’s framing his speech as a message from the Jewish community at large.
Bibi speech in eight minutes. Picturing what’s going on in the Oval right now – stamping of feet, throwing of toys. #BibiSpeaks4Me
— Kerri Toloczko (@KerriHT) March 3, 2015
Jews won’t remain passive in the face of genocide. Never again!! #BibiSpeaks4Me
— Rebecca (@Rivkah5280) March 3, 2015
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