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Saudi pundit supports Netanyahu’s Congress address

Ahmad Al-Faraj calls Obama ‘one of the worst presidents in US history,’ accuses him of pursuing Iran deal for his own glory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for his upcoming speech in Congress, Jerusalem, February 27, 2015. (photo credit: Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for his upcoming speech in Congress, Jerusalem, February 27, 2015. (photo credit: Haim Zach/GPO)

A columnist writing in the the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah expressed support Monday for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s determination to address Congress on Iran, even as the Israeli leader faced mounting criticism both at home and from Democratic lawmakers.

In his column, Ahmad Al-Faraj wrote that President Barack Obama, “one of the worst American presidents,” is working to sign a deal with Iran at the expense of America’s longtime allies in the Gulf. Netanyahu’s campaign against the deal, he continued, was therefore justified and it served the interests of the Gulf states.

“Netanyahu will devote his speech to expressing his firm objection to the signing of an agreement between the Obama administration and Iran on the nuclear issue. He hopes to convince the Congress members that he is right, which could delay the agreement,” wrote Faraj, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors Arabic-speaking media outlets.

“President Obama and his administration are clearly furious. Not because Netanyahu is intervening in an important matter that Obama hopes will bring him personal glory, but because House Speaker [John Boehner] did not consult with Obama before inviting Netanyahu, and Obama considers this a breach of established protocol,” he wrote.

Al-Faraj went on to present a list of top officials who are snubbing Netanyahu’s visit and the various reasons they gave for not meeting him.

Faraj then launched into a full-fledged diatribe against the American president.

“Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the US’s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad of Netanyahu’s firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration’s anger and fury,” he wrote. “I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents. Do you agree with me?”

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